Effect of scintillations on the correlation of different frequency L-band satellite navigation signals on the same transionospheric link

Vadim E. Gherm, Nikolay N. Zernov, Hal J. Strangeways

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Abstract

In satellite positioning, a linear combination of 2 signals is used to eliminate the error due to the background ionosphere. State-of-the-art semi-codeless techniques rely on cross-correlation of the signals received at LI and L2. Thus it is important to determine how well these signals are correlated. Lack of correlation will also introduce range error in the 2-frequency correction. A significant factor in reducing this correlation is scintillation resulting from propagation through time-varying small-scale irregularities in the ionosphere. In the paper the estimated errors of the 2-frequency range determination and the correlation coefficients of the phases at 2 different frequencies are presented depending on the strength of the electron density fluctuations for 4 different pairs of frequencies (L1/L2, L1/L3, L2/L3, L1/L5). The results show that their dependence on the variance of the electron density fluctuations diverges from a linear relationship, the stronger are scintillation effects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The European Conference on Antennas and Propagation
Subtitle of host publicationEuCAP 2006
Volume626 SP
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006
EventEuropean Conference on Antennas and Propagation: EuCAP 2006 - Nice
Duration: 6 Nov 200610 Nov 2006

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Conference on Antennas and Propagation: EuCAP 2006
CountryFrance
CityNice
Period6/11/0610/11/06

Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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