Abstract

Two-dimensional (2D)/two-and-one-half-dimensional ray tracing (RT) algorithms for the use of the uniform theory of diffraction and geometrical optics are widely used for channel prediction in urban microcellular environments because of their high efficiency and reliable prediction accuracy. In this study, an improved RT algorithm based on the “orientation face set” concept and on the improved 2D polar sweep algorithm is proposed. The goal is to accelerate point-to-point prediction, thereby making RT prediction attractive and convenient. In addition, the use of threshold control of each ray path and the handling of visible grid points for reflection and diffraction sources are adopted, resulting in an improved efficiency of coverage prediction over large areas. Measured results and computed predictions are also compared for urban scenarios. The results indicate that the proposed prediction model works well and is a useful tool for microcellular communication applications.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

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