Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Electrical Engineering


Baum, Carl W


The opening of the 3.6 - 10.1 GHz frequency spectrum below the 'noise-floor' by the FCC in 2002 has made possible the prospect of reusing this frequency spectrum through ultra-wideband (UWB) communication. In this thesis, we compare the performance of several UWB systems in the presence of estimation error and jitter. We then develop two alternative decision schemes to combat the effect of jitter in the UWB system. Numerical results show that one of the schemes provides significantly better performance in the presence of severe jitter than maximal ratio combining and minimal degradation of performance if jitter is not present. A generalized maximal ratio combining decision scheme to combat the presence of estimation error is also proposed. It is shown that the generalized scheme outperforms traditional maximal ratio combining.