Radio Science

An attenuation function for multiple knife-edge diffraction

Authors

  • Lewis E. Vogler


Abstract

A recently derived attenuation function for multiple knife-edge diffraction is described, and some example calculations are presented. The function, in the form of a multiple integral, is transformed into a series representation which is amenable to computer implementation. A program has been written to compute the attenuation over propagation paths containing up to a maximum of 10 knife-edges. Attenuation curves for three example paths are presented showing the effects of multiple knife-edges on the received signal. A means of estimating the statistical distribution of attenuation for a given path from statistical knowledge of the atmospheric surface refractivity is suggested.

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