An X Band Radio Channel Model for Propagation Through the Solar Corona
AuthorStocker A.J., Siddle D.R., Warrington E.M., Mariotti G., Silvestri D., Zeqaj A., Tortora P., Argyriou A., De Vicente J., Abello R., Mercolino M.
Spacecraft communication systems operating at X band are strongly affected when the propagation path passes close to the Sun (which can be characterized by the Sun-Earth-Probe, SEP, angle). In this paper, a channel model that can generate a time series of signal amplitude and phase, and hence the signal in-phase and quadrature values, is presented. For X band, the channel model reproduces the observations well for SEP > 0.8°. While the model has not been experimentally validated at SEP angles below 0.8°, the behavior is consistent with measurements reported in the literature and is therefore likely to be suitable for use, with caution, in that region too. ©2018. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.