Antennas and Propagation labs

These labs comprise of an anechoic chamber, a radio frequency lab and a team of some ten researchers.

Available facilities

Anechoic chamber

The anechoic chamber contains fully automated antenna measurement software, controlling a vector network analyser and turntable. We have a large selection of linear and circular polarized reference antennas over a wide frequency range. The chamber can be configured for multiple purposes including antenna pattern measurements and specialist propagation measurements.

Propagation measurements

Our wideband MIMO channel sounder (PropSound) includes several antenna arrays, supporting up to 54 transmit channels and 32 receive channels at 2GHz and 5GHz bands.

Other work we carry out with our network analyser up to 67GHz enables us to characterise features for mmWave such as building surface roughness effects and diffraction loss from small items such as tree shrubs and street furniture.

The equipment

Our labs are well equipped with:

  • Spectrum and vector network analysers supporting up to 67GHz
  • Narrowband and wideband channel sounder supporting 2GHz and 5GHz bands
  • Multiple signal sources
  • Standard test antennas up to 60 GHz.

Collaborate with us

If you are interested in collaborating with us, perhaps in measurement campaigns, propagation modelling/analysis, or antenna research, or if you wish to know more about our capabilities and propagation/antenna research interests, in the first instance please email Dr Tim Brown.

For hire

The anechoic chamber is available to be rented on occasions, along with the help of our research experts if required. This is usually for less than three days, and at competitive prices when it is not in use for research and teaching purposes.

To make enquiries and discuss your needs, please email Dr Tim Brown in the first instance.

Contact us

Find us

Institute for Communication Systems
James Clerk Maxwell building
University of Surrey