A guide to the 3GPP-specified 5G physical layer with a focus on the new beam-based dimension in the radio system5G New Radio: A Beam-based Air Interface is an authoritative guide to the newly 3GPP-specified 5G physical layer. The contributors--noted experts on the topic and creators of the actual standard--focus on the beam-based operation which is a new dimension in the radio system due to the millimeter wave deployments of 5G. The book contains information that complements the 3GPP specification and helps to connect the dots regarding key features.The book assumes a basic knowledge of multi-antenna technologies and covers the physical layer aspects related to beam operation, such as initial access, details of reference signal design, beam management, and DL and UL data channel transmission. The contributors also provide a brief overview of standardization efforts, IMT-2020 submission, 5G spectrum, and performance analysis of 5G components. This important text:* Contains information on the 3GPP-specified 5G physical layer* Highlights the beam-based operation* Covers the physical layer aspects related to beam operation* Includes contributions from experts who created the standardWritten for students and development engineers working with 5G NR, 5G New Radio: A Beam-based Air Interface offers an expert analysis of the 3GPP-specified 5G physical layer.