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Rapid Test Method for Multi-Beam Profile of Phased Array Antennas

Version 1 : Received: 28 November 2021 / Approved: 29 November 2021 / Online: 29 November 2021 (11:34:30 CET)

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Luo, Q.; Zhou, Y.; Qi, Y.; Ye, P.; Paulis, F.D.; Liu, L. Rapid Test Method for Multi-Beam Profile of Phased Array Antennas. Sensors 2022, 22, 47. Luo, Q.; Zhou, Y.; Qi, Y.; Ye, P.; Paulis, F.D.; Liu, L. Rapid Test Method for Multi-Beam Profile of Phased Array Antennas. Sensors 2022, 22, 47.

Journal reference: Sensors 2021, 22, 47
DOI: 10.3390/s22010047

Abstract

The testing requirements of the active phased array antennas are very different from those of traditional passive antennas, due to its beam steering capability. Usually, each beam profile of the active phased array needs a separate radiation pattern test, which makes the overall testing time extremely long. Thus the traditional antenna test method can no longer meet the efficiency and cost requirements of new active phased array antennas test. In this paper, a fast test method tailored for phased array antennas is proposed that offers significantly reduced testing time at the expense of slight sacrifice of the accuracy. Using the simulated element pattern in array and ideal port excitation, the beam profile in any direction can be predicted by testing only a certain beam profile. Through theoretical derivation and experiments, the effectiveness of the method is verified, and the testing efficiency of the phased array antenna is demonstrated to be improved by ten times or even more.

Keywords

Multi-beam profile fast test method; Phased array antenna; Source reconstruction; Antenna test method

Subject

PHYSICAL SCIENCES, Radiation & Radiography

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