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Quantization noise of signal correlators. Klingler, Rolf Jerg

Abstract

In radio-astronomy, spectra of noisy signals are often computed using digital auto-correlation techniques. To simplify the design of the many high-speed multipliers and averagers, coarse quantization is employed, using only a few digital levels. This thesis is a theoretical study of the penalty paid for such coarse quantization in the form of increased output noise. A degradation factor is defined and is calculated for a variety of logic schemes which have been used or proposed. For each scheme, results are given as a function of sampling rate and it is demonstrated that there is often significant improvement in sampling at rates faster than the Nyquist rate. A computer simulation technique was developed for verifying the computed results, and for extending the results to complicated schemes where analysis is very difficult.

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