This paper describes a prototype of a free-space transmission setup for dielectric parameters estimation. The transmitter and receiver, both configurable by software and working in the range 0.85-1.55 GHz, are not synchronized, as they use different clocks. An estimation of the dielectric permittivity of a planar sample was obtained by comparing our measurements with a numerical model. A parametric study with different variables was conceived in order to find the best fit between measurements and simulations. Customized techniques were applied to deal with noise and inconsistencies found in the measurements. The genetic algorithm was used to adjust the constants that minimized the error between simulated and experimental data. Results for a reference sample of polymethylmethacrylate are presented and discussed. Although the accuracy of the proposed approach in recovering the dielectric parameters of the sample was relatively low, the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of this setup make it interesting for scenarios where a rough characterization of the material is sufficient.

A Free-Space Transmission Setup for Material Parameters Estimation with Affordable and Non-Synchronized Software-Defined Radios in the 0.85-1.55 GHz Band

Brancaccio, A;
2023

Abstract

This paper describes a prototype of a free-space transmission setup for dielectric parameters estimation. The transmitter and receiver, both configurable by software and working in the range 0.85-1.55 GHz, are not synchronized, as they use different clocks. An estimation of the dielectric permittivity of a planar sample was obtained by comparing our measurements with a numerical model. A parametric study with different variables was conceived in order to find the best fit between measurements and simulations. Customized techniques were applied to deal with noise and inconsistencies found in the measurements. The genetic algorithm was used to adjust the constants that minimized the error between simulated and experimental data. Results for a reference sample of polymethylmethacrylate are presented and discussed. Although the accuracy of the proposed approach in recovering the dielectric parameters of the sample was relatively low, the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of this setup make it interesting for scenarios where a rough characterization of the material is sufficient.
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