A review of depolarization modeling for earth-space radio paths at frequencies above 10 GHz


  • C. W. Bostian,

  • W. L. Stutzman,

  • J. M. Gaines


Depolarization limits the performance of dual-polarized satellite communication systems at frequencies above 10 GHz. Caused by scattering from raindrops and ice crystals, it can be measured in any of several related ways. Theoretical models for depolarization may be classified as transmission, attenuation-derived, and scaling models. This paper describes all three and discusses their relative merits.