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A Question About Signal-to-Noise

3 Sep 2017, 21:45 UTC
A Question About Signal-to-Noise
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Question: Hi, I have one question about signal to noise ratio (SNR). Suppose the received sky signal consists of many astronomical sources, how do we define the SNR? Assume SNR is -20dB , the power of each source is 1, and 2 sources in total, what is the power of the noise here? Is it 100 or 200? — Shui
Answer: The noise is independent of the number of sources in a measurement. The noise in a measurement is determined by a variety of factors dependent upon the sensitivity of the receiving system and the observing conditions (such as weather). In your example the noise power would be 200.
Jeff Mangum

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