A Far-Field Measurement Method for Large Size Antenna By Using Synthetic Aperture Antenna

Conference: EuCAP 2009 - 3rd European Conference on Antennas and Propagation
03/23/2009 - 03/27/2009 at Berlin, Germany

Proceedings: EuCAP 2009

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Yamaguchi, Ryo; Kimura, Yasuko; Komiya, Kazuhiro; Cho, Keizo (NTT DOCOMO, INC., 3-5 Hikari-no-oka, Yokosuka, Kanagawa, 239-8536 Japan)

It is difficult to obtain far-field radiation patterns of electrically large scale antenna, for example a base station array antenna of mobile communications, when the distance between Tx and Rx is less than the Rayleigh distance 2D2/λ, where D is the aperture of antenna and λ is the wave length. A far-field measurement method for such antennas using a synthetic aperture antenna and a conventional pattern measurement system has been proposed in the previous report in order to overcome these problems. The arc shaped synthetic aperture antenna generates quasi plane waves around AUT (antenna under the test) to obtain far-field patterns even if the distance is shorter than 2D2/λ. In this paper, we investigate some measurement parameters in detail, and the validity of this proposed measurement method is clarified by experiment using 8GHz horn array antenna.