The basic formulae are:
Noise temperature (T) = 290 * (10^(Noise Figure/10)-1) K
Noise Figure (NF) = 10 * log (noise factor) dB
Note that log must be to base 10. When using calculators and spreadsheets make sure that base 10 is selected. As a test, 10 * log(2) should give an answer of +3 dB. Noise temperature is measured in units called Kelvin (K) and these are like Celsius (C) temperature degrees but start at zero for absolute zero temperature so 0 K = -273 deg C, 273 K = 0 deg C (ice melts) and 290 K = 17 deg C (ambient temperature of a waveguide, for example)
Example figures only - not same as defaults below
* Enter values for either item noise factor (f num), or Noise Factor (NF dB) or Noise Temperature (K). Select using the radio button. The unselected values will be ignored.
Table to convert Noise Figure (NF dB) to Noise Temperature (T). This is useful for working out LNA or LNB noise temperatures from advertised Noise Figures.
|NF(dB)||T (K)||NF(dB)||T (K)|
Procedure for adding up noise temperatures for antenna, waveguide, LNA, cable and indoor receiver in series:
System noise temperature (T system) is referred to the input of the LNA.
Antenna noise temperature is referenced to the flange specified by the manufacturer.
The calculations below assume you add some length of waveguide between the above flange and the LNA.
The noise temperature of the LNA refers to the input of the LNA.
The noise temperature of the cable after the LNA refers to the input of the cable.
The noise temperature of the receiver refers to the input of the receiver.
You need to convert gains in dB to numbers. Number = 10 ^(dB/10)
T system = Noise contribution from antenna = Antenna noise temp * waveguide gain
+ noise contribution of the waveguide = 290 * (1-waveguide gain)
+ noise contribution of the LNA = the LNA noise temp
+ noise contribution of the cable = cable noise temp / LNA gain
+ noise contribution of the indoor receiver = indoor receiver input noise temp / (LNA gain * cable gain)
Antenna noise temperature = 35 K (mainly ground pick up noise)
Waveguide feeder gain = -0.25 dB (0.944), temperature = 290K
LNA gain = 50 dB (100000), input noise temperature = 75 K
Cable loss or attenuation = 20 dB or cable gain = -20 dB (0.01)
Cable noise temp= 290 K
Indoor receiver noise figure NF = 9 dB
Indoor receiver input noise temperature = 290 * (10^(9/10)-1) = 2013.5519 K
Tsystem = 35 * 0.94406 = 33.042
Noise contribution of the antenna
+ 290 ( 1 - 0.94406) = 16.2226 Noise contribution of the waveguide
+ 75 Noise contribution of the LNA
+ (290 * (1-0.01)/0.01) /100000 = 0.2871 Noise contribution of the cable
+ 2013.5519 /(100000 * 0.01) = 2.0135519 Noise contribution of the indoor receiver.
Total = 126.56 K
Note that LNA noise temperature, the antenna noise temperature and waveguide loss are the main factors.
Some examples of antenna noise temperature versus elevation angle are shown on page antnoise.htm
To calculate the G/T of a receive system : G/T = Receive gain in dBi - 10 log ( system noise temperature T ). See the general purpose link budget calculator and use the final section which relates to the receive antenna.
Useful links: Y factor method of noise measurement method.
Any questions, errors you have found that need fixing or comments your help is appreciated, please e-mail Eric Johnston
Amended 15 June 2013 to include a calculator.
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