Parallels between Wireless Communication and Astronomical Observation

David Shiung, Ping Hsun Hsieh, Ya Yin Yang

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Abstract

Observational astronomy is one of the oldest natural science. It involves the study of celestial objects and phenomena occurring outside the Earth's atmosphere. Astronomers use a telescope as a receiver to observe starlight at various frequency bands and investigate the universe. The process of collecting starlight is similar to the transmit-receive techniques employed in wireless communication. In this paper, we present the parallels between wireless communication and observational astronomy and extend the scope of wireless communication to astronomical observation. The new paradigm of wireless communication comprises (i) a remote sidereal star (modeled as the signal source), (ii) the Earth's atmospheric turbulence (modeled as time-varying channels), and (iii) a telescope with a camera behind it (modeled as the receiver). We propose fast algorithms to estimate the astronomical time-varying channels, which are highly potential to compensate for blurred astronomical images obtained due to poor astronomical seeing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 29th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, PIMRC 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781538660096
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 18
Event29th IEEE Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, PIMRC 2018 - Bologna, Italy
Duration: 2018 Sep 92018 Sep 12

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, PIMRC
Volume2018-September

Other

Other29th IEEE Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, PIMRC 2018
CountryItaly
CityBologna
Period18-09-0918-09-12

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Shiung, D., Hsieh, P. H., & Yang, Y. Y. (2018). Parallels between Wireless Communication and Astronomical Observation. In 2018 IEEE 29th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, PIMRC 2018 [8580926] (IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications, PIMRC; Vol. 2018-September). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/PIMRC.2018.8580926