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Multi-Channel Data Communication Through Thick Metallic Barriers

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Executive Summary

This paper explores the use of multiple communication channels to transmit data at high rates, without physical penetrations, through thick metallic barriers using ultrasound. Two parallel acoustic-electric channels are formed in close proximity utilizing two pairs of coaxially aligned piezoelectric transducers mounted on, and acoustically coupled to, opposing sides of a metal wall. Each channel employs Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) which can achieve a high spectral efficiency in frequency selective channels. The two-transmitter-two-receiver MIMO configuration is studied and analytical expressions of channel capacity are determined for the raw channels as well as for several co-channel interference cancellation techniques and they are verified using a Monte-Carlo simulation.

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