- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 1 edition (September 20, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471655961
- ISBN-13: 978-0471655961
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Introduction to RF Propagation 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
An introduction to RF propagation that spans all wirelessapplications
This book provides readers with a solid understanding of theconcepts involved in the propagation of electromagnetic waves andof the commonly used modeling techniques. While many books cover RFpropagation, most are geared to cellular telephone systems and,therefore, are limited in scope. This title iscomprehensiveit treats the growing number of wirelessapplications that range well beyond the mobile telecommunicationsindustry, including radar and satellite communications.
The author's straightforward, clear style makes it easy forreaders to gain the necessary background in electromagnetics,communication theory, and probability, so they can advance topropagation models for near-earth, indoor, and earth-spacepropagation. Critical topics that readers would otherwise have tosearch a number of resources to find are included:
- RF safety chapter provides a concise presentation of FCCrecommendations, including application examples, and preparesreaders to work with real-world propagating systems
- Antenna chapter provides an introduction to a wide variety ofantennas and techniques for antenna analysis, including a detailedtreatment of antenna polarization and axial ratio; the chaptercontains a set of curves that permit readers to estimatepolarization loss due to axial ratio mismatch between transmittingand receiving antennas without performing detailedcalculations
- Atmospheric effects chapter provides curves of typicalatmospheric loss, so that expected loss can be determinedeasily
- Rain attenuation chapter features a summary of how to apply theITU and Crane rain models
- Satellite communication chapter provides the details ofearth-space propagation analysis including rain attenuation,atmospheric absorption, path length determination and noisetemperature determination
Examples of widely used models provide all the details andinformation needed to allow readers to apply the models withconfidence. References, provided throughout the book, enablereaders to explore particular topics in greater depth.Additionally, an accompanying Wiley ftp site provides supportingMathCad files for select figures in the book.
With its emphasis on fundamentals, detailed examples, andcomprehensive coverage of models and applications, this is anexcellent text for upper-level undergraduate or graduate students,or for the practicing engineer who needs to develop anunderstanding of propagation phenomena.
About the Author
JOHN S. SEYBOLD, PHD, is a Communication Systems Engineer at the Harris Corporation. Prior to joining Harris, he was an associate professor of electrical engineering at Florida Institute of Technology where he also served as the associate director of the Institute's Wireless Center of Excellence. During his career, Dr. Seybold has worked in radar systems, digital signal processing, and communication systems, including spread spectrum.
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The book can give the reader an overall understanding of RF and is an easy to read book. It can be read over a weekend.
Just wanted to share an error with you.
P. 14, Section 2.2 "The Electric Field". The equation is wrong.
It is written as: E = eD
It should be: D = eE
D is the electric flux density vector (coulomb / m^2)
e (epsilon) is the permittivity of the medium (farads/meter)
E is the electric field vector (newtons per coulomb (N/C) or volts per meter (V/m) )
Also, on P. 15, TABLE 2.1 the equations for the Electric Field intensity are incorrect.
Their units are wrong...Electric Field units are newtons per coulomb (N/C) or volts per meter (V/m).
For the Infinite line charge: E = (linear charge density (lambda)) / (2*pi*r*e) * r_hat (e = epsilon)
For the Infinite surface charge: E = (surface charge density (sigma)) / (2*e) * r_hat (e = epsilon)
Note: lambda has units of coulombs/meter , sigma has units of coulombs / m^2
If you're looking for hardcore mathematics, this book is not for you. If you're looking for a practical conceptual understanding of RF, pick it up. It's very easy to read.
Although I like the book, I give it four stars due to the lack of an "answers" (not solutions) appendix. I think all math/physics/engineering books should have an answers section so that we can all stop worrying about our solutions... Anyway, its a good book.
Page 196, first paragraph:
"If the signal bandwidth is less than the coherence bandwidth, B < Bc, then the channel is considered wideband or flat (flat fading). Otherwise, it is called a narrowband channel (selective fading)."
The terms wideband and narrowband seems to have been switched. Narrowband channels are flat fading, while wideband channels are frequency selective fading.