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A near field 3D scanner for millimetre wavelengths

Schemmel, P., Maccalli, S., Maffei, B., Ozturk, F., Pisano, Giampaolo and Ng, M. W. 2013. A near field 3D scanner for millimetre wavelengths. Presented at: 35th ESA Antenna Workshop on Antenna and Free Space RF Measurements, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 10-13 September 2013.

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Typical millimetre wave astronomical receiver systems make use of quasi-optical (QO) components such as lenses, interference filters, polarisers, or polarisation modulators. Each of these may be located in the near field of additional components. Combinations of these com-ponents lead to standing waves and reflections, which de-grade the overall RF performance. Therefore, it is im-portant to characterise the near field of QO components and QO systems, as well as the evolution of the near field along the propagation axis. Additionally, it is not always feasible to measure the far-field of large systems. This limitation may be overcome by using analytic methods to transform near field measurements into far field radiation patterns. We have developed a 3D near field scanner for millimetre wavelengths. The scanner has a working volume of 50 cm × 50 cm × 50 cm and is coupled to a vector network anal-yser (VNA) operated in the W-band (75-110 GHz). Vol-umetric scanning provides the advantage of being able to directly measure field parameters at all positions in the optical path and to map the evolution of the near field. We present the design and performance of this facility to-gether with the initial near field characterisation of some QO components that are also compared to RF simula-tions

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:36

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