Aperiodic Arrays for Space Applications: an Effective Strategy for the Overall Design

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

Proceedings: EuCAP 2009

Pages: 5Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Bucci, O. M. (DIBET, Univ. di Napoli Federico II, Viale Claudio 21, 80125, Napoli, Italy)
Isernia, T.; Morabito, A. F. (DIMET, Univ. Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Via Graziella, 89060, Reggio Calabria, Italy)
Perna, S. (DIT, Università Parthenope di Napoli,Centro Direzionale di Napoli isola C4, and CNIT)
Pinchera, D. (DAEIMI, Univ. di Cassino,Via Di Blasio 43, 03043, and CNIT)

In active array antennas for satellite communications, one wants to reduce as much as possible the number of control points while fulfilling severe constraints on gain for each of the beams as well as on intra beams interference. A candidate architecture to perform the job is an aperiodic sparse array with isophoric or at most quantized excitations. In this paper, we present and discuss an overall three steps strategy for an effective design of this kind of arrays. In particular, the emphasis is on the first (establishment of an optimal continuous reference sources) and second (discretization into an array) of these steps. The procedure takes somehow into account the single element dimensions, which allow to get a good aperture efficiency with a single or at most a couple of different radiating elements.