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A Scan Blindness Model for Single-Polarized Tapered-Slot Arrays in Triangular Grids
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electromagnetic Engineering.
2008 (English)In: IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, ISSN 0018-926X, E-ISSN 1558-2221, Vol. 56, no 9, 2937-2942 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A simple model is presented that predicts scan blindness in the E-plane for single polarized tapered-slot arrays where the elements are positioned in a triangular grid. The blindness occurs when the phase progression along the dielectric substrates is equal to the phase progression of a leaky mode in the structure. A simple equation is presented that estimates the frequency at which the scan blindness occurs for a given angle in the E-plane. This equation is derived from a simple representation of the phased array antenna, but includes the dominant effect of this particular class of scan blindness. The method is shown to agree well with computed results obtained with two different numerical codes.

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2008. Vol. 56, no 9, 2937-2942 p.
Keyword [en]
array, broadband-antennas, scan blindness, tapered-slot, triangular grid
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Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-10221DOI: 10.1109/TAP.2008.928780ISI: 000259407100017Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-51749093123OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-10221DiVA: diva2:211534
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QC 20100712Available from: 2009-04-16 Created: 2009-04-16 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Wide-angle scanning wide-band phased array antennas
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Wide-angle scanning wide-band phased array antennas
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis considers problems related to the design and the analysis of wide-angle scanning phased arrays. The goals of the thesis are the design and analysis of antenna elements suitable for wide-angle scanning array antennas, and the study of scan blindness effects and edge effects for this type of antennas. Wide-angle scanning arrays are useful in radar applications, and the designs considered in the thesis are intended for an airborne radar antenna.After a study of the wide-angle scanning limits of three candidate elements, the tapered-slot was chosen for the proposed application.A tapered-slot antenna element was designed by using the infinitive array approach and the resulting element is capable of scanning out to 60° from broadside in all scan planes for a bandwidth of 2.5:1 and an active reflection coefficient less than -10 dB. This design was implemented on an experimental antenna consisting of 256 elements.The predicted performance of the antenna was then verified by measuring the coupling coefficients and the embedded element patterns, and the measurements agreed well with the numerical predictions.Since the radar antenna is intended for applications where stealth is important, an absorbing layer is positioned on top of the ground plane to reduce the radar cross section for the antenna's cross-polarization.This absorbing layer attenuates guided waves that otherwise lead to scan blindness, but does not adversely affect the antenna performance for the desired scan directions and frequencies.The highest frequency limit of the tapered-slot element is set by scan blindnesses. One of these scan blindnesses is found to be unique to tapered-slot elements positioned in triangular grids. This scan blindness is studied in detail and a scan blindness condition is presented and evaluated.The evaluation of the experimental antenna shows that edge effects reduce the H-plane performance of the central elements.These edge effects are further studied and characterized, by comparing the scattering parameters for finite-by-infinite arrays and infinite arrays.In this way it is possible to divide the edge effects into two categories: those caused by finite excitation, and those caused by perturbed currents due to the geometry of the edge. A finite difference time domain code with time shift boundaries is used to compute the active reflection coefficients needed to compute the scattering parameters, but this code cannot directly compute the active reflection coefficient for all the required phase shifts.Hence, an additional method is presented that makes it possible to compute arbitrary phase shifts between the elements using any numerical code with limited scan directions.

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Stockholm: KTH, 2009. viii, 62 p.
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Trita-EE, ISSN 1653-5146 ; 2009:017
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-10225 (URN)978-91-7415-291-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-05-08, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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QC 20100712Available from: 2009-05-07 Created: 2009-04-16 Last updated: 2010-07-12Bibliographically approved

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