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Characterization of the equatorial F2-region plasma drift using doppler interferometry at Parit Raja

Ahmad, Abdull Zubi (2013) Characterization of the equatorial F2-region plasma drift using doppler interferometry at Parit Raja. PhD thesis, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.


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The ionosphere has long been used as a medium for long-distance transmission before the advent of satellites. There has now been a resurgence in its research after events that have occured in Iraq and Aceh where, ground-based infrastructures are destroyed from the effects of war or natural disasters. The bulk of research work in this area of study which uses the ionosphere as a channel medium comes from advanced countries representing the midlatitude regions of the world. It is therefore the objective of this thesis to characterize the behaviour of the ionosphere which is more representative of the equatorial regions. This work presents the measurements of plasma drifts from the ionospheric F2-layer at the equatorial station of Parit Raja (1° 52' N and 103° 48' E) using the technique of Doppler interferometry. Analysis is carried out from data gathered during periods of low solar and geomagnetic activities of 2005 with a view to statistically model or characterize its properties. As a result of plasma drift, Doppler effects are observed on the reflected echoes due to scattering from the irregular and non-uniform reflection layer. An approximation for the ionospheric F2-layer as a non-selective flat Rayleigh channel is first developed using an FIR filter that follows a Jakes’ Doppler channel response with the assumptions that multipaths are not resolvable and appear as one at the receiver with uniform Doppler rate. Since the actual ionosphere is non-flat with frequency-selectivity and also exhibits time-variability, a more realistic modelling of the ionospheric structure is needed. This is achieved by subdividing the operating bandwidth of the ionospheric medium into an aggregate of narrowband and orthogonal subchannels, where each is narrowband enough to possess flat Rayleigh fading. By adopting this technique of multicarrier transmission, each subchannel can be considered as flat and uniformly time-varying, which can be practically implemented using an IIR filter. The effect of variable Doppler rates is addressed by employing the techniques of upsampling and interpolation. The channel modelling is based on the Jakes Doppler response for 35 KHz in bandwidth which is more appropriate for equatorial region as opposed to ITU-R F.1487 that adopts the Gaussian spectral response with 10 KHz of bandwidth for midlatitude regions. Empirical simulation of results for the developed models using measured data and the performance measures have been reasonably accurate in characterizing the channel as having a Jakes Doppler response with Rayleigh fading within limits of +/-2 Hz Doppler shifts or +/-100 m/s plasma drifts.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA501-625 Surveying
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 25 May 2014 00:37
Last Modified: 25 May 2014 00:37
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/5458
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