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Four-element ultrawideband textile cross array for dual-spatial and dual-polarization diversity

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The emergence of miniaturized flexible electronics enables on-duty first responders to collect biometrical and environmental data through multiple on-body sensors, integrated into their clothing. However, gathering these life-saving data would be useless if they cannot set up reliable, preferable high-data-rate, wireless communication links between the sensors and a remote base station. Therefore, we have developed a four-element ultrawideband textile cross array that combines dual-spatial and dual-polarization diversity and is easily deployable in a first responder's garment. The impedance bandwidth of the array equals 1.43 GHz, while mutual coupling between its elements remains below -25 dB. For a maximal bit error rate of 1e-4, the array realizes a diversity gain of 24.81 dB. When applying adaptive subcarrier modulation, the mean throughput per orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) subcarrier increases by an extra bit/symbol when comparing fourth- to second-order diversity.
Tijdschrift: IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
ISSN: 1536-1225
Volume: 16
Pagina's: 481 - 484
Jaar van publicatie:2017