### MICROWAVE ANTENNA

```CHAPTER 5
MICROWAVE ANTENNA
MICROWAVE ANTENNA
Definition
A conductor or group of conductors used either for
radiating electromagnetic energy into space or
for collecting it from space.
or
Is a structure which may be described as a metallic
object, often a wire or a collection of wires
through specific design capable of converting high
frequency current into EM wave and transmit it
into free space at light velocity with high power
(kW) besides receiving EM wave from free space
and convert it into high frequency current at much
lower power (mW).
Basic operation of transmit and
• Electrical energy
from the
transmitter is
converted into
electromagnetic
energy by the
antenna and
space.
Figure 5.1 : Basic operation of
On the
receiving end,
electromagnetic
energy is
converted into
electrical energy
by the antenna
and fed into the
Basic operation of transmit and
• Transmission - radiates electromagnetic energy into
space
• Reception - collects electromagnetic energy from space
• In two-way communication, the same antenna can be
used for transmission and reception.
• Short wavelength produced by high frequency
microwave, allows the usage of highly directive
antenna. For long distant signal transmission, the
usage of antenna at microwave frequency is more
economical. Usage of waveguide is suitable for short
distant signal transmission.
FUNCTION OF ANTENNA
•
•
•
•
•
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Transmit energy with high efficiency .
Receive energy as low as mW.
Provide matching between transmitter and free space and between
free space and receiver, thus maximum power transfer is achieve
besides preventing the occurrence of reflection.
Two common features exist at the antenna Tx and Rx antenna is the
radiation pattern and impedance, but it is different in terms of
transmission power and reception power.
Figure 5.2 below, shows the energy transmitted into free space via an
open ended λ/4 transmission line. The proportion of wave escaping
the system is very small due
FUNCTION OF ANTENNA (cont)
• Mismatch exist that is surrounding space as load.
• Since the two wires are closed together and in opposite direction (180°),
therefore it is apparent that the radiation from one tip will cancelled that
from the other.
• Figure 5.2 below, shows the energy transmitted into free space via an
open ended λ/4 transmission line. The proportion of wave escaping the
system is very small due
Figure 5.2
TYPES OF MICROWAVE ANTENNA
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
Horn / aperture antenna
Parabolic / dish antenna
Dipole antenna
Slotted (leaky-wave) antenna
Dielectric lens antenna
Printed (patch or microstrip) antenna
Phase Array antenna
A - HORN / APERTURE ANTENNA
• Like parabolic reflectors,
at microwave frequencies
with waveguides because
they serve both as an
impedance-matching device
by coaxial and other types
of lines
Figure 5.3 : Horn antenna
Horn Antenna
• Horn radiators are constructed in a variety of shapes, as illustrated
in figure 5.4
• The shape of the horn determines the shape of the field pattern.
The ratio of the horn length to the size of its mouth determines the
beam angle and directivity. In general, the larger the mouth of the
horn, the more directive is the field pattern.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF HORN ANTENNA
THREE TYPES OF HORN ANTENNA
• Horn antenna tapered / flared in one
dimension only i.e in E-plane or H-plane
(known as sectoral horn).
• Horn antenna tapered / flared in two
dimension i.e in E-plane and H-plane (known
as pyramidal horn).
• Conical taper / flares uniformly in all direction
i.e in circular form.
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE E-,
H-PLANE & PYRAMIDAL HORN SECTORAL
ANTENNA
E-
PLANE
HORN
SECTORAL H-
PLANE
HORN
SECTORAL
ANTENNA
ANTENNA
lobe, thus more popular.
PYRAMIDAL HORN ANTENNA
Radiation pattern flares in 2 direction
i.e in E-plane and H-plane. Therefore
improves directivity.
no side
DIMENSION OF HORN ANTENNA
DIMENSION OF HORN ANTENNA
(cont)
B- PARABOLIC (REFLECTOR / DISH)
ANTENNA
• Is a big dish like structure made from metal or
wire mesh / grid.
• Mesh hole ≤ λ / 12.
• Widely used in microwave propagation via free
space.
• Also known as secondary antenna since it
depends on primary antenna which acts as a
feeder at the focal point (horn antenna or dipole
antenna) to enhance the performance quality of
Introduction of parabolic antenna
• A parabolic antenna is a high-gain
television and data
communications, and also for
and SHF parts of the
electromagnetic spectrum
• With the advent of TVRO and DBS
satellite television, the parabolic
antenna became a ubiquitous
feature of urban, suburban, and
even rural landscapes.
Figure 5.5 : Parabolic Antenna
Why is it used?
• At higher microwave frequencies
the physical size of the antenna
becomes much smaller which in
turn reduces the gain and
directivity of the antenna
• The desired directivity can be
achieved using suitably shaped
parabolic reflector behind the
main antenna which is known as
primary antenna or feed .
Working rules
• A parabolic reflector follows the
principle of geometrical optics.
• When parallel rays of light
incident on the reflector they will
converge at focus or when a point
source of light is kept at focus
after reflection by the reflector
they form a parallel beam of rays
Basic Parabolic
• The basic paraboloid reflector used to produce
different beam shapes required by special applications.
The basic characteristics of the most commonly used
paraboloids are presented as below:
TRUNCATED PARABOLOID
• Since the reflector is parabolic in the horizontal plane, the energy is
focused into a narrow beam. With the reflector TRUNCATED (cut) so
that it is shortened vertically, the beam spreads out vertically
detection applications for the accurate determination of bearing.
Since the beam is spread vertically, it will detect aircraft at different
altitudes without changing the tilt of the antenna. The truncated
paraboloid also works well for surface search radar applications to
compensate for the pitch and roll of the ship
• Truncated paraboloid may be used in target height-finding systems
if the reflector is rotated 90 degrees, as shown in figure 3-5B. Since
the reflector is now parabolic in the vertical plane, the energy is
focused vertically into a narrow beam. If the reflector is truncated,
or cut, so that it is shortened horizontally, the beam will spread out
horizontally instead of being focused. Such a fan-shaped beam is
used to accurately determine elevation
ORANGE-PEEL PARABOLOID
• A section of a complete circular paraboloid, often called an
ORANGE-PEEL REFLECTOR because of its orange-peel shape. Since
the reflector is narrow in the horizontal plane and wide in the
vertical plane, it produces a beam that is wide in the horizontal
plane and narrow in the vertical plane. In shape, the beam
resembles a huge beaver tail. The microwave energy is sent into the
parabolic reflector by a horn radiator (not shown) which is fed by a
waveguide. The horn radiation pattern covers nearly the entire
shape of the reflector, so almost all of the microwave energy strikes
the reflector and very little escapes at the sides. Antenna systems
which use orange-peel paraboloids are often used in height-finding
equipment.
Orange-peel paraboloid
Cylindrical paraboloid
Corner reflector
CYLINDRICAL PARABOLOID
• When a beam of radiated energy that is noticeably wider in one
cross-sectional dimension than in another is desired, a cylindrical
paraboloidal section which approximates a rectangle can be used. A
PARABOLIC CYLINDER has a parabolic cross section in just one
dimension which causes the reflector to be directive in one plane
only. The cylindrical paraboloid reflector is fed either by a linear
array of dipoles, a slit in the side of a waveguide, or by a thin
waveguide radiator. It also has a series of focal points forming a
straight line rather than a single focal point. Placing the radiator, or
radiators, along this focal line produces a directed beam of energy.
As the width of the parabolic section is changed, different beam
shapes are obtained. You may see this type of antenna system used
systems.
CORNER REFLECTOR
• The CORNER-REFLECTOR ANTENNA consists of
two flat conducting sheets that meet at an angle
to form a corner, as shown in figure 5.6. The
corner reflector is normally driven by a HALFWAVE RADIATOR located on a line which bisects
the angle formed by the sheet reflectors.
Figure 5.6 : Parabolic reflector radiation.
CORNER REFLECTOR (cont)
• A microwave source is placed at focal point F. The field leaves this
antenna as a spherical wavefront. As each part of the wavefront
reaches the reflecting surface, it is phase-shifted 180 degrees. Each
part is then sent outward at an angle that results in all parts of the
field traveling in parallel paths. Because of the special shape of a
parabolic surface, all paths from F to the reflector and back to line
XY are the same length. Therefore, when the parts of the field are
reflected from the parabolic surface, they travel to line XY in the
same amount of time.
CORNER REFLECTOR (cont)
• A point-radiation source is placed at the focal point F. The field
leaves this antenna with a spherical wavefront. As each part of the
wavefront moving toward the reflector reaches the reflecting
surface, it is shifted 180 degrees in phase and sent outward at
angles that cause all parts of the field to travel in parallel paths.
Because of the shape of a parabolic surface, all paths from F to the
reflector and back to line XY are the same length. Therefore, all
parts of the field arrive at line XY at the same time after reflection.
• A parasitic array to direct the radiated field back to the reflector, or
a feed horn pointed at the paraboloid is used to make the beam
sharper and to concentrates the majority of the power in the beam.
• The radiation pattern of the paraboloid contains a major lobe,
which is directed along the axis of the paraboloid and several minor
lobes. Very narrow beams are possible with this type of reflector.
Figure 5.7 : Parabolic radiation pattern
PARABOLIC (REFLECTOR / DISH)
ANTENNA as TRANSMITTER
• The wave at the focus point will be directed to
the main reflector and will be reflected parallel to
the parabola axis. Thus the wave will travel at the
same the and phase at A`E` (XY) line and the
plane wave produce will be transmitted to the
free space.
• Waves are emitted from the focal point of the
wall and bounced back in line with the axis of the
parabola and will arrive on time and with the
same phase of the line and will form the next
plane waves emitted into free space
PARABOLIC (REFLECTOR / DISH)
• The plane wave received which is parallel to the
parabola axis will be reflected by the main
reflector to the focus point.
• All received waves parallel to the axis of the
parabola will be reflected by the wall to the point
of convergence.
• This characteristic makes the parabola antenna to
possess high gain and a confined beam width.
• These features causes a parabola has a high gain
and width of the focused beam.
C- SLOTTED (LEAKY-WAVE) ANTENNA
• Can be fabricated from a length of a waveguide. They are
simple to fabricate, have low-loss (high efficiency) and
radiate linear polarization with low cross-polarization.
• Slotted antenna arrays used with waveguides are a popular
systems. These antennas are often used in aircraft
applications because they can be made to conform to the
surface on which they are mounted. The slots are typically
thin (< 0.1 ʎ) and 0.5 ʎ (at the center frequency of
operation).
SLOT ANTENNA
What is SLOT Antenna:A slot antenna consists of a metal
surface, usually a flat plate, with a hole
or slot cut out. When the plate is driven
as an antenna by a driving frequency,
in similar way to a dipole antenna. The
shape and size of the slot, as well as the
driving frequency, determine the
Figure 5.8 : Slot antenna.
SLOTTED (LEAKY-WAVE) ANTENNA
(CONT)
• The slots on the waveguide will assumed to have a narrow
width. Increasing the width increases the bandwidth (recall
that a fatter antenna often has an increased bandwidth);
the expense of a larger width is a higher degree of crosspolarization. The Fractional Bandwidth for thin slots can be
as low as 3-5%; wide slots can have a FBW on the order of
75%.
• An example of a slotted waveguide array is shown in Figure
5.9 (dimensions given by length a and width b)
Figure 5.9 : slot waveguide with dimensions given by length a and width b.
SLOTTED (LEAKY-WAVE) ANTENNA
(CONT)
• As in the cavity-backed slot antenna, each slot
could be independently fed with a voltage source
across the slot. This would be very difficult to
construct especially for large arrays. The
waveguide is used as the transmission line to feed
the elements.
• The position, shape and orientation of the slots
will determine how (or if) they radiate. In
addition, the shape of the waveguide and
frequency of operation will play a major role.
Slot antenna (cont)
• EXAMPLE;
• The dominant TE10 mode will be assumed to exist
within the waveguide. Radiation occurs when the
currents must "go around" the slots in order to
continue on their desired direction. As an example,
consider a narrow slot in the center of the waveguide,
as shown in Figure 5.10
Figure 5.10 : example slot waveguide with dimensions given by length a and width b.
Slot antenna (cont)
• In this case, the z-component of the current will not be
disturbed, because the slot is thin and the z-current would
not need to travel around the slot.
• Hence, the x-component of the current will be responsible
for the radiation. However, at this location (x=a/2), the xcomponent of the current density is zero - i.e. no current
and therefore no radiation. As a result, slots cannot be
placed in the center of the waveguide as shown in Figure
5.10.
• If the slots are displaced from the centerline as shown in
Figure 5.9, the x-directed current will not be zero and will
need to travel around the slot. Hence, radiation will occur.
Slot antenna (cont)
• If the slot is oriented as shown in Figure 3, the
slot will disturb the z-component of the current
density. This slot will then radiate. If this slot is
displaced away from the center line, the amount
Slot antenna (cont)
• If the slot is rotated at an angle about the centerline as
shown in Figure 4, it will radiate. The power it radiates will
be a function of the angle (phi) that it is rotated specifically given by . Note that the z-component of the
current is still responsible for radiation in this case. The xcomponent is disturbed; however the currents will have
opposite magnitudes on either side of the centerline and
will thus tend to cancel out the radiation
Slot antenna (cont)
• The most common slotted waveguide
resembles that shown in Figure 5:
• The front end (the open face at the y=0 in the x-z plane) is where
the antenna is fed. The far end is usually shorted (enclosed in
metal). The waveguide may be excited by a short dipole (as seen on
the cavity-backed slot antenna) page, or by another waveguide
Slot antenna (cont)
• The waveguide itself acts as a transmission
line, and the slots in the waveguide can be
Slot antenna (cont)
Slot antenna (cont)
Slot antenna (cont)
• The end of the waveguide is terminated in a pyramid terminator to avoid
line reflections.
• The radiating field pattern depends on the spacing of the slots (phase
relationship) and their orientation with reference to the waveguide.
• A slot cut in the wall of the waveguide, transverse to the direction of the
interior boundary currents ( due to the interior em wave) will couple the
em energy from inside the wave guide to a radiant free-space wave.
• The length of slot is cut to be a resonant one-half (ʎ/2) wavelength.
D) DIPOLE ANTENNAS
TWO TYPES OF DIPOLE ANTENNAS:
• Half-wave (ʎ/2) dipole antenna (or Hertz antenna)
• Quarter-wave (ʎ /4) vertical antenna (or Marconi
antenna)
• Maxwell equations, the strength of the radiated field is ;
Є = 60 π dl I cosӨ cos w ( t – r/Vc)
λr
D) DIPOLE ANTENNAS Cont.
• A for a free space short-dipole and the radiation pattern (polar
diagram) in the vertical plane and a circular in a horizontal
plane.
• The electric field, Є is directional in the vertical plane but is
omnidirectional on the horizontal plane.
D) DIPOLE ANTENNAS Cont.
• Dipole antenna consists of 2 wires (ʎ/4 for its
length) , the two wires are separated by a gap
and their terminals are connected to the
This type of dipoles is called half wave
length dipole as the total length is ʎ / 2
D) DIPOLE ANTENNAS Cont.
Dipole geometry
Dipole configuration
D) DIPOLE ANTENNAS Cont.
• The dipole is an electric field antenna, means
that the magnetic field is zero at the near field.
• The radiation pattern is like a donut cake with
the maximum perpendicular to the dipole, and
a null along it.
• The polarization is along the dipole.
D) DIPOLE ANTENNAS Cont.
The 3D plot of the radiation pattern of a dipole antenna
D) DIPOLE ANTENNAS Cont.
The radiation pattern for the Electric field for a folded
dipole antenna
D) DIPOLE ANTENNAS Cont.
The radiation pattern of the dipole all the field is electric
as shown
D) DIPOLE ANTENNAS Cont.
The radiation pattern of the dipole, the magnetic field
equals zero
D) DIPOLE ANTENNAS Cont.
• When the length of the dipole exceeds lambda
the radiation pattern takes a new shape due
to the appearance of the grating lobes where
the major lobes divides into multiple lobes .
D) DIPOLE ANTENNAS Cont.
E) DIELECTRIC (LENS) ANTENNAS
• Lenses play a similar role to that of reflectors in reflector antennas: they
collimate divergent energy.
• Used at the higher microwave frequencies (often preferred to reflectors at
frequencies > 100 GHz) and are useful in mm microwave region.
E) DIELECTRIC (LENS) ANTENNAS cont.
BASIC PRINCIPLE
E) DIELECTRIC (LENS) ANTENNAS cont.
• The velocity of em wave through a dielectric materal is
less than that in free space.
• The section of spherical em wave that travels through
the center (the greatest thickness) of the dielectric
material will travel most slowly compared to both end.
• The velocities of the spherical wave entering the lens
will be controlled and the curved wavefront will
become a plane wavefront with constant phase in
front of the dielectric antenna (refraction based on
Snell’s law).
E) DIELECTRIC (LENS) ANTENNAS cont.
• Are contructed from polistyrene, teflon or any denser
dielectric material to produce
large diffraction
(belauan) although its size and weight is small. The
material use will cause the wave to attenuate greatly
(losses and absortion of signal - greatest attenuation
at center – thickest lens).
• To avoid this situation, zoned and stepped dielectric
antennas are used so that the optical path can be
divided into paths differing by integral multiples of a
wavelength from one zone to another.
E) DIELECTRIC (LENS) ANTENNAS Cont.
• Basic dielectric lens :• Requires a specific wavelength due to its thicness.
• Its usage is not practical as compared to the stepped or
zoned dielectric lens antenna which has different path for
different wavelength.
E) DIELECTRIC (LENS) ANTENNAS Cont.
• Stepped or zoned dielectric lens antenna :• Used to reduced the lens thickness and to decrese
the curveture of the spherical wave.
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F) PRINTED (MICROSTRIP OR PATCH)
ANTENNA
A patch antenna is a narrowband, wide-beam antenna.
Fabricated by etching the antenna element pattern in metal
trace bonded to an insulating dielectric substrate, such as a
printed circuit board, with a continuous metal layer bonded to
the opposite side of the substrate which forms a ground plane.
Microstrip antenna shapes :- ex : square, rectangular, circular
and elliptical
Some patch antennas do not use a dielectric substrate and
using dielectric spacers; the resulting structure is less rugged
but has a wider bandwidth.
F) PRINTED (MICROSTRIP OR PATCH)
ANTENNA Cont.
•
Microstrip antenna a very low profile, are mechanically
rugged and can be shaped to conform to the curving skin
of a vehicle, they are often mounted on the exterior of
aircraft and spacecraft, or are incorporated into mobile
F) PRINTED (MICROSTRIP OR PATCH)
ANTENNA Cont.
TYPES OF MICROSTRIP ANTENNAS:
F) PRINTED (MICROSTRIP OR PATCH)
ANTENNA Cont.
• High accuracy in manufacturing , the design is executed by Photo
etching.
• Easy to integrate with other devices.
• An array of microstrip antennas can be used to form a pattern
that is difficult to synthesize using a single element.
• We can obtain high directivity using microstrip arrays.
• Have a main radiating edge , this makes it useful for mobile
Phones to avoid radiation inside the device .
• Small sized applicable for handheld portable communication.
• Smart antennas when combined with phase shifters .
F) PRINTED (MICROSTRIP OR PATCH)
ANTENNA Cont.
• Narrow band width ( 1% ) , while mobiles need ( 8% ).
• Low efficiency , especially for short circuited microstrip
antenna.
• Some feeding techniques like aperture and proximity
coupling are difficult to fabricate.
• An array suffers presence of feed network decreasing
efficiency , also microstrip antennas are relatively
expensive.
F) PRINTED (MICROSTRIP OR PATCH)
ANTENNA Cont.
MICROSTRIP VS. REFLECTORS
Reflector Antennas
Microstrip Antennas

Preferred
for
low
directivity 
Performed
for
high
directivity
applications.
applications as the effect of blockage is

Lower efficiency.
less.

Suffers low efficiency caused by feed 
Higher efficiency.

network for arrays.

Smart
antennas,
uses
electronic
Struts.
scanning when combined with phase 

shifters.

More
accurate
manufacturing
by
photo etching.

Feeding is by coupling or coax feed
lines.
Suffers blockage caused by fixation
Uses mechanical scanning .
Less accuracy , sometimes parabolic
surfaces are rough.

Uses other antenna (dipole , monopole,
apertures , etc) as a feed.
G- PHASED ARRAY ANTENNA
• Is an array of antennas in which the relative phases of the
respective signals feeding the antennas are varied in such a
way that the effective radiation pattern of the array is
reinforced in a desired direction and suppressed in
undesired directions.
• Phased array transmission is use to enhance transmission
of radio waves in one direction.
• A phased array antenna is composed of lots of radiating
elements each with a phase shifter. Beams are formed by
shifting the phase of the signal emitted from each radiating
element, to provide constructive/destructive interference
so as to steer the beams in the desired direction
Phased Array Antenna (Cont)
• Areas of the antenna matrix can act as separate
antennas. This allows many antenna beam
patterns to be individually controlled at the same
time. A large,phase-steered antenna system
could be used to control the positions of many
aircraft as at larger airport.
• In the figure 1 (left) both radiating elements are
fed with the same phase. The signal is amplified
by constructive interference in the main
direction. The beam sharpness is improved by the
destructive interference
Phased Array Antenna (Cont)
• In the figure 1 (right), the signal is emitted by the lower radiating element
with a phase shift of 22 degrees earlier than of the upper radiating
element. Because of this the main direction of the emitted sum-signal is
moved upwards.
• (Note: Radiating elements have been used without reflector in the figure.
Therefore the back lobe of the shown antenna diagrams is just as large as
the main lobe.)
Phased Array Antenna (Cont)
• The main beam always points in the direction of the
increasing phase shift.
• If the signal to be radiated is delivered through an
electronic phase shifter giving a continuous phase shift,
the beam direction will be electronically adjustable.
However, this cannot be extended unlimitedly.
• The highest value, which can be achieved for the Field
of View (FOV) of a phased array antenna is 120° (60°
left and 60° right). With the sine theorem the
necessary phase moving can be calculated
Phased Array Antenna (Cont)

high gain width los side lobes

Ability to permit the beam to jump from one
120 degree sector in azimuth
target to the next in a few microseconds
and elevation

Ability to provide an agile beam under computer


control
the coverage is limited to a
deformation of the beam while
the deflection

arbitrarily modes of surveillance and tracking

low frequency agility

free eligible Dwell Time

very complex structure

multifunction operation by emitting several
beams simultaneously

Fault of single components reduces the
capability and beam sharpness, but the system
remains operational
(processor, phase shifters)

still high costs
Phased Array Antenna (Cont)
• CONCLUSION:
• Beamforming antenna systems improve wireless network
performance
• increase system capacity
• improve signal quality
• suppress interference and noise
• save power
• Beamforming antennas improve infrastructure networks
performance. They may improve ad hoc networks performance.
New MAC protocol standards are needed.
• Vector antennas may replace spatial arrays to further improve
beamforming performance
Phased Array Antenna (Cont)
• The relative amplitudes of — and constructive and destructive
interference effects among — the signals radiated by the individual
antennas determine the effective radiation pattern of the array. A
phased array may be used to point a fixed radiation pattern, or to
scan rapidly in azimuth or elevation.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF PHASED ARRAYS
•
•
•
•
There are two main types of beamformers:
time domain beamformers
frequency domain beamformers
A graduated attenuation window is sometimes
applied across the face of the array to improve
side-lobe suppression performance, in
TIME DOMAIN BEAMFORMER
• works by introducing time delays.
• The basic operation is called "delay and sum". It
delays the incoming signal from each array
element by a certain amount of time, and then
• The most common kind of time domain beam
former is serpentine waveguide.
• Active phase array uses individual delay lines
that are switched on and off. Yttrium iron garnet
phase shifters vary the phase delay using the
strength of a magnetic field.
FREQUENCY DOMAIN BEAMFORMERS
• TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF FREQUENCY DOMAIN BEAMFORMERS:
• separates the different frequency components that are present in the
received signal into multiple frequency bins (using either an DFT or a
filterbank). When different delay and sum beamformers are applied to
each frequency bin, the result is that the main lobe simultaneously points
in multiple different directions at each of the different frequencies. This
can be an advantage for communication links, and is used with the SPS-48
• makes use of Spatial Frequency. Discrete samples are taken from each of
the individual array elements. The samples are processes using a Discrete
Fourier Transform (DFT). The DFT introduces multiple different discrete
phase shifts during processing. The outputs of the DFT are individual
channels that correspond with evenly spaced beams formed
simultaneously. A 1 dimensional DFT produces a fan of different beams. A
2 dimensional DFT produces beams with a pineapple configuration.
FREQUENCY DOMAIN BEAMFORMERS
(CONT)
• These techniques are used to create two kinds of phase
array.
• Dynamic - an array of variable phase shifters are used
to move the beam
• Fixed - the beam position is stationary with respect to
the array face and the whole antenna is moved
• There are two further sub-categories that modify the
kind of dynamic array or fixed array.
• Active - amplifiers or processors in each phase shifter
element
• Passive - large central amplifier with attenuating phase
shifters
Dynamic Phased Array
• Each array element incorporates an adjustable phase shifter that are
collectively used to move the beam with respect to the array face.
• Dynamic phase array require no physical movement to aim the beam. The
beam is moved electronically. This can produce antenna motion fast
enough to use a small pencil-beam to simultaneously track multiple
targets while searching for new targets using just one radar set (track
while search).
• As an example, an antenna with a 2 degree beam with a pulse rate of 1
kHz will require approximately 16 seconds to cover an entire a hemisphere
consisting of 16,000 pointing positions. This configuration provides 6
opportunities to detect a Mach 3 vehicle over a range of 100 km (62 mi),
which is suitable for military applications.
• The position of mechanically steered antennas can be predicted, which
can be used to create electronic countermeasures that interfere with
radar operation. The flexibility resulting from phase array operation allows
beams to be aimed at random locations, which eliminates this
vulnerability. This is also desirable for military applications.
Fixed Phase Array
• Fixed phase array antennas are typically used to create an antenna with a
more desirable form factor than the conventional parabolic reflector or
cassegrain reflector. Fixed phased array radar incorporate fixed phase
shifters. This kind of phase array is physically moved during the track and
scan process. There are two configurations.
• Multiple frequencies with a delay-line
• The SPS-48 radar uses multiple transmit frequencies with a serpentine
delay line along the left side of the array to produce vertical fan of stacked
beams. Each frequency experiences a different phase shift as it propagates
down the serpentine delay line, which forms different beams. A filter bank
is used to split apart the individual receive beams. The antenna is
mechanically rotated.
• Semi-active radar homing uses monopulse radar that relies on a fixed
phase array to produce multiple adjacent beams that measure angle
errors. This form factor is suitable for gimbal mounting in missile seekers.
Active Phase Array
• Active phase arrays elements incorporate
transmit amplification with phase shift in each
antenna element (or group of elements). Each
The phase shifter setting is the same for transmit
• Active phase array do not require phase reset
after the end of the transmit pulse, which is
compatible with Doppler radar and Pulse-Doppler
Passive Phase Array
• Passive phase arrays typically use large amplifiers that produce all
of the microwave transmit signal for the antenna. Phase shifters
typically consist of waveguide elements that contain phase shifters
controlled by magnetic field, voltage gradient, or equivalent
technology.
• The phase shift process used with passive phase array typically puts
The sign of the phase shift must be inverted after the transmit pulse
is finished and before the receive period begins to place the receive
beam into the same location as the transmit beam. That requires a
phase impulse that degrades sub-clutter visibility performance on
garnet phase shifters must be changed after transmit pulse quench
beams. That impulse introduces FM noise that degrades clutter
performance.
MICROWAVE FEEDER SYSTEM (DRIVER ELEMENT)
TYPES OF FEEDER
•Omnidirectional
•Cassegrain
•Gregorian
•Horn feed
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Parabolic antennas are also classified by the type
of feed, i.e. how the radio waves are
supplied
to the antenna.
• The primary antenna is placed at the parabolic focus
point.
• Reason: produce better transmission and reception.
(enhance directivity and gain)
• The primary antenna has to be used together with the
reflector to avoid the flaring of the radiation pattern and
thus reduced the directivity.
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DIPOLE FEEDER
SPHERICAL REFLECTOR TO DIRECT WAVE TO THE MAIN
REFLECTOR
MAIN REFLECTOR
PRIMARY FEED DIPOLE AT
FOCUS
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AXIAL OR FRONT FEED
• The most common type of feed, with the feed
antenna located in front of the dish at the
focus, on the beam axis.
• A disadvantage of this type is that the feed
and its supports block some of the beam,
which limits the aperture efficiency to only 55
- 60%.
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AXIAL OR FRONT FEED
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OFF-AXIS OR OFFSET FEED
•
•
•
•
The reflector is an asymmetrical segment of a
paraboloid, so the focus, and the feed antenna, is
located to one side of the dish.
The purpose of this design is to move the feed
structure out of the beam path, so it doesn't block the
beam.
It is widely used in home satellite television dishes,
which are small enough that the feed structure would
otherwise block a significant percentage of the signal.
Offset feed is also used in multiple reflector designs
such as the Cassegrain and Gregorian.
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OFF-AXIS OR OFFSET FEED
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CASSEGRAIN FEED
•
•
The feed is located on or behind the dish, and
forward,
illuminating
a
convex
hyperboloidal secondary reflector at the focus of
the dish.
The radio waves from the feed reflect back off the
secondary reflector to the dish, which forms the
outgoing beam
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CASSEGRAIN FEED
•The advantage of this configuration is that the feed,
with its waveguides and "front end" electronics does
not have to be suspended in front of the dish, so it is
used for antennas with complicated or bulky feeds,
such as large satellite communication antennas and
• Aperture efficiency is on the order of 65 - 70%.
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CASSEGRAIN FEED
• Focus points for the secondary and primary reflectors
will meet at the same point.
• Radiation from the horn antenna will be reflected by
the secondary reflector and transmitted to the primary
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GREGORIAN FEED
• Similar to the Cassegrain design except that the
secondary reflector is concave, (ellipsoidal) in shape.
• Aperture efficiency over 70% can be achieved.
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HORN FEED
• It is widely used as a primary feeder, because of the
flaring directivity pattern , thus preventing refraction.
MAIN REFLECTOR
PRIMARY FEED HORN
WAVEGUIDE/TRANSMISSION LINE
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FACTORS AFFECTING THE ANTENNA
Radiation pattern refers to the performance ot the
antenna for example when it is mounted far away
from objects such as buildings or mountain ( earth)
by which reflecting signal might affect the shape of
the pattern.
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FACTORS AFFECTING THE ANTENNA
Figures below show the 3-dimensional models (polar graf/diagram) of field strength
or power density measurements made at a fixed distance from an antenna in a
given plane.
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FACTORS AFFECTING THE ANTENNA
Figures below show the 3-dimensional models (polar graf/diagram) of field strength
or power density measurements made at a fixed distance from an antenna in a
given plane.
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BEAM WIDTH (BEAM / FLARED ANGLE)
•It is the angle subtended by the points at which the radiation
power falls to the half of its maximum power.
•In other words, the field strength has fallen to 1/√2 (70.7 % ) of
its maximum voltage or the angle measured between the -3dB
(half power) points on the major lobe of an antenna’s radiation
pattern.
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ANTENNA GAIN
• It is defined as the ratio of power per unit area received from the
antenna at a point in space to the power received from an
isotropic antenna at the same point in space.
• The capability of a directive antenna to concentrate power in a
given direction is the capability to direct radio frequency energy
into a given region and not in all direction.
• For transmitting antenna, it refers to how far is the concentration
of transmission power in a given direction.
• For receiving antenna, it refers to how far its receive the best
signal in a given direction rather than in all direction.
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CHARACTERISTIC OF PARABOLOID ANTENNA
• To convert the spherical waveform produced at a focus point to
the plane wave.
• All the energy received from the free space which is the same as
the parabolic axis (Rx) will be reflected to the focus point.
• The gain can be increased whenever needed.
• Can be operated at any frequency in the microwave zone.
• Simple Installation.
• Difficult to install with high accuracy.
• Operational frequency limited to the types of dish used.
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GAIN
GAIN ;
G =
4π A
λ2
Where;
G = gain;
A = area of parabolic dish (m2);
λ = wavelength of operational frequency (m)
If the area of the dish, A
A = π d2
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Where;
A = area of parabolic dish (m2);
d = diameter of dish opening (m)
Beamwidth α = 115 λ °
d
α = antenna beamwidth or angle between half power points ( °)
λ = wavelength (m)
d = diameter of dish opening (m)
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