Antenna characterisation and radar cross section measurements can be conveniently and successfully carried out by means of a compact antenna test range (CATR), whose performance is primarily assessed in terms of quiet zone size and field uniformity. CATR characterisation and diagnostics are usually performed by means of (amplitude and phase) field measurements in the quiet zone and are of timely interest either on CATR installation or on its periodic reassessments performed by manufacturers and/or users. This paper addresses CATR characterisation from amplitude-only data, an attractive topic because of the application of CATRs to the millimetre or sub-millimetre wave ranges. The approach is based on an appropriate strategy retrieving the missing quiet zone phase and facing the issue of the large electrical dimensions of the CATR. To take into account the characteristics of the collimating system as well as to keep as low as possible the number of unknowns to be sought for, it exploits the Jacobi-Bessel expansion of the aperture field. The performance of the algorithm has been tested through a wide numerical analysis against synthetic data generated by GRASP8-SE whose full version is routinely employed for CATR design. The main results related to a Gregorian dual offset reflector CATR, modelled on that proposed in the literature by Pistorius et ah, and to a single offset reflector CATR, inspired by the one available at the Queen Mary & Westfield College, London (UK), are reported.

Phaseless characterization of compact antenna test ranges

CAPOZZOLI, AMEDEO;D'ELIA, GIUSEPPE;LISENO, ANGELO
2007

Abstract

Antenna characterisation and radar cross section measurements can be conveniently and successfully carried out by means of a compact antenna test range (CATR), whose performance is primarily assessed in terms of quiet zone size and field uniformity. CATR characterisation and diagnostics are usually performed by means of (amplitude and phase) field measurements in the quiet zone and are of timely interest either on CATR installation or on its periodic reassessments performed by manufacturers and/or users. This paper addresses CATR characterisation from amplitude-only data, an attractive topic because of the application of CATRs to the millimetre or sub-millimetre wave ranges. The approach is based on an appropriate strategy retrieving the missing quiet zone phase and facing the issue of the large electrical dimensions of the CATR. To take into account the characteristics of the collimating system as well as to keep as low as possible the number of unknowns to be sought for, it exploits the Jacobi-Bessel expansion of the aperture field. The performance of the algorithm has been tested through a wide numerical analysis against synthetic data generated by GRASP8-SE whose full version is routinely employed for CATR design. The main results related to a Gregorian dual offset reflector CATR, modelled on that proposed in the literature by Pistorius et ah, and to a single offset reflector CATR, inspired by the one available at the Queen Mary & Westfield College, London (UK), are reported.
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