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Nearfield anechoic chamber and farfield on-site antenna calibration pattern comparison of an S-band planar phased array radar

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IEEE Annual Conf. on Wireless and Microwave Technology, WAMICON, 27-28 April 2022.

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The Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD) is an active, S-band, dual-polarization phased array radar developed for weather sensing. The ATD is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) with a 4-m aperture comprised of 4,864 individual transmit/receive (T/R) modules. The antenna was calibrated at the element, subarray, and array levels. Calibration, validation, and verification testing was completed in two main stages, first in an anechoic chamber and second after it was installed on site in its permanent location. This paper describes the procedure used to collect antenna patterns at each stage and compares three key performance metrics: beamwidth, mean-squared sidelobe level (MSSL), and integrated sidelobe level (ISL).
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The Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD) is an active, S-band, dual-polarization phased array radar developed for weather sensing. The ATD is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) with a 4-m aperture comprised of 4,864 individual transmit/receive (T/R) modules. The antenna was calibrated at the element, subarray, and array levels. Calibration, validation...

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Effect of a wet spherical radome on the reflected power for an S-band planar phased array radar antenna

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2021 Antenna Measurement Techniques Association Symp., AMTA, 24-29 October 2021.

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An active S-band dual-polarized multifunction phased array radar (MPAR), the Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD), has recently been developed for weather sensing and aircraft surveillance. The ATD is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) with 4864 transmit/receive (T/R) modules and was installed in a spherical radome. Simulations and a novel phased array measurement technique have been explored to assess the impact of high reflectivity from a wet radome during rain that can potentially induce voltages exceeding the transmit amplifier breakdown voltage. The measurement technique uses array elements radiating one at a time to illuminate the radome, and uses superposition to quantify the received signal power in a reference antenna on the face of the array. It is shown that when the radome surface is wet and highly reflective, certain electronic steering angles sum to a large reflected signal focused on the array face. This measurement technique can be used prior to high-power phased array radar operation to monitor the magnitude of reflections and help avoid element transmit amplifier failures.
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An active S-band dual-polarized multifunction phased array radar (MPAR), the Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD), has recently been developed for weather sensing and aircraft surveillance. The ATD is an active electronically scanned array (AESA) with 4864 transmit/receive (T/R) modules and was installed in a spherical radome. Simulations and a novel phased...

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Antennas and RF components designed with graded index composite materials

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Antennas and RF components in general, can greatly benefit with the recent development of low-loss 3D print graded index materials. The additional degrees of freedom provided by graded index materials can result in the design of antennas and other RF components with superior performance than currently available designs based on conventional constant permittivity materials. Here we discuss our work designing flat lenses for antennas and RF matching networks as well as filters based on graded index composite materials.
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Antennas and RF components in general, can greatly benefit with the recent development of low-loss 3D print graded index materials. The additional degrees of freedom provided by graded index materials can result in the design of antennas and other RF components with superior performance than currently available designs based on...

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CW radar operation in the focused near-field

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2019 Intl. Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Symp., ACES, 14-19 April 2019.

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In this paper we will show by computer simulation and by measurements that the horn antennas of a bi-static radar operating in the near-field have a distinct maximum at a non-zero range. By focusing the antennas on this hot spot a low-powered, continuous-wave Ku-band radar could detect flying mosquitoes at very short range.
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In this paper we will show by computer simulation and by measurements that the horn antennas of a bi-static radar operating in the near-field have a distinct maximum at a non-zero range. By focusing the antennas on this hot spot a low-powered, continuous-wave Ku-band radar could detect flying mosquitoes at...

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Modeling and validation of a mm-wave shaped dielectric lens antenna

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2018 Int. Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Symp., ACES, 29 July - 1 August 2018.

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The modeling and validation of a 33 GHz shaped dielectric antenna design is investigated. The electromagnetic modeling was performed in both WIPL-D and FEKO, and was used to validate the antenna design prior to fabrication of the lens. It is shown that both WIPL-D and FEKO yield similarly accurate results as compared to measured far-field gain radiation patterns.
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The modeling and validation of a 33 GHz shaped dielectric antenna design is investigated. The electromagnetic modeling was performed in both WIPL-D and FEKO, and was used to validate the antenna design prior to fabrication of the lens. It is shown that both WIPL-D and FEKO yield similarly accurate results...

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Polarization ratio determination with two identical linearly polarized antennas

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2017 IEEE AP-S Symp. on Antennas and Propagation and USNC Radio Science Meeting, 9-14 July 2017.

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This paper describes a method for determining the complex polarization ratio using two identical, linearly polarized antennas. By Fourier transform analysis of s21 measurements with one of the antennas rotating about its axis a circular polarization ratio is derived which can be transformed into an equivalent linear polarization ratio. A linearly polarized reference antenna is not required. The technique was verified by electromagnetic simulations and illustrated by measurements in an anechoic chamber with two 3.3 GHz square patch antennas.
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This paper describes a method for determining the complex polarization ratio using two identical, linearly polarized antennas. By Fourier transform analysis of s21 measurements with one of the antennas rotating about its axis a circular polarization ratio is derived which can be transformed into an equivalent linear polarization ratio. A...

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A rotating source polarization measurement technique using two circularly polarized antennas

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38th Mtg. and Symp. of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Assoc., AMTA 2016, 30 October - 4 November 2016.

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This paper combines the standard two-antenna gain measurement technique with the rotating source method for measuring the polarization ratio and tilt angle of the polarization ellipse of a circularly polarized antenna. The technique is illustrated with two identical helical antennas, one for the source and one for the antenna-under-test (AUT), facing each other. Measurements of the voltage transfer ratio are made over one 360 degree on-axis rotation of the source while the AUT remains stationary. The rotation causes the phase of the electric field of the principal polarization to rotate in one direction and the phase of the cross polarization to rotate in the opposite direction. A Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) of the data from a single rotation is insufficient to resolve the two polarization components. Leakage from the principal polarization will most likely cover up the low-level opposite polarization signal. However, the DFT resolution can be artificially increased by appending to the measured data, precisely M-1 copies of the data. Now the polarization components will be separated by 2M revolutions. Application of a heavy weighting function to the augmented data and a phase compensation to the DFT allows a clear determination of the amplitude and phase of the on-axis principal and cross polarization components. The technique was verified by electromagnetic simulations and by measurements in an anechoic chamber with two 6-turn 5.8 GHz helical antennas separated by 4 feet. There was very good agreement between the simulations and measurements of the polarization ellipse tilt angle and a -20 dB polarization ratio.
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This paper combines the standard two-antenna gain measurement technique with the rotating source method for measuring the polarization ratio and tilt angle of the polarization ellipse of a circularly polarized antenna. The technique is illustrated with two identical helical antennas, one for the source and one for the antenna-under-test (AUT)...

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3D printed conformal array antenna: simulations and measurements

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A conformal array antenna has been investigated using a combination of 3D printer and copper plating techniques. Circular patch antenna elements were copper plated onto a 3D printed dielectric substrate made of ABS-M30 material. Measured and simulated element reflection coefficient, element gain patterns, and array scanned beam radiation patterns at L band are in good agreement.
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A conformal array antenna has been investigated using a combination of 3D printer and copper plating techniques. Circular patch antenna elements were copper plated onto a 3D printed dielectric substrate made of ABS-M30 material. Measured and simulated element reflection coefficient, element gain patterns, and array scanned beam radiation patterns at...

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Design and analysis of an axisymmetric phased array fed Gregorian reflector system for limited scanning

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6th Int. Symp. on Phased Array Systems and Technology, PAST 2016, 18-21 October 2016.
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An axisymmetric phased array fed confocal parabolic Gregorian reflector system is explored. The antenna utilizes a planar phased array located near the vertex of the primary reflector. Numerical electromagnetic simulations based on the multilevel fast multipole method (MLFMM) were used to analyze and optimize the antenna parameters for limited scanning. Simulations of the scanning performance of a dual reflector system with a 2 meter diameter primary reflector operating at Ku band are presented.
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An axisymmetric phased array fed confocal parabolic Gregorian reflector system is explored. The antenna utilizes a planar phased array located near the vertex of the primary reflector. Numerical electromagnetic simulations based on the multilevel fast multipole method (MLFMM) were used to analyze and optimize the antenna parameters for limited scanning...

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Biomimetic antenna array using non-foster network to enhance directional sensitivity over broad frequency band

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IEEE Trans. Antennas Propag., Vol. 64, No. 10, October 2016, pp. 4297-4305.

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Biologically inspired antenna arrays that mimic the hearing mechanism of insects are called biomimetic antenna arrays (BMAAs). They are attractive for microwave applications, such as compact direction finding systems. Earlier, the BMAAs were designed for narrow frequency band phase enhancement, whereas we now propose to design them for use with a non-Foster coupling network (NFC). As the NFCs are not restricted by gain bandwidth product, their incorporation in the design can provide wideband phase enhancement. A method for designing BMAA, using a non-Foster coupling network (NFC-BMAA), and also for obtaining system stability, is presented. Simulated and measured results of the fabricated structure are also presented and discussed.
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Biologically inspired antenna arrays that mimic the hearing mechanism of insects are called biomimetic antenna arrays (BMAAs). They are attractive for microwave applications, such as compact direction finding systems. Earlier, the BMAAs were designed for narrow frequency band phase enhancement, whereas we now propose to design them for use with...

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