Analysis on electrical breakdown in OFDM systems

Chamnap Phok, Adrian Neild, Dieter Pelz, Jean Armstrong

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An electrical breakdown problem in orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) systems for Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial (DVB-T) is investigated. An exponential model is used to calculate the density of free electrons within a fixed volume of air at atmospheric pressure. The results show that the change in electron density, caused by the ionization and the attachment, depends on the short term statistics of the OFDM waveform. The rate at which the density of free electrons increases depends on the magnitude of the power peak, and how long it is above the breakdown threshold.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 Australian Microwave Symposium (AMS) - Conference Proceedings
EditorsChristophe Fumeaux, Konstanty Bialkowski, Withawat Withayachumnankul
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781538625682, 9781538625675
ISBN (Print)9781538625699
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAustralian Microwave Symposium 2018 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 6 Feb 20187 Feb 2018
Conference number: 3RD (Proceedings)


ConferenceAustralian Microwave Symposium 2018
Abbreviated titleAMS 2018
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  • DVB-T
  • electrical breakdown
  • OFDM

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