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LABORATORY TESTS ASSESSING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NF-FF TRANSFORMATION WITH HELICOIDAL SCANNING FOR ELECTRICALLY LONG ANTENNAS

By F. D'Agostino, F. Ferrara, C. Gennarelli, R. Guerriero, and M. Migliozzi

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Abstract:
This paper deals with the experimental validation of an effective near-field-far-field transformation technique with helicoidal scanning particularly suitable for electrically long antennas, whose validity has been numerically assessed in a previous authors' paper. Such a technique relies on the results relevant to the nonredundant sampling representations of the electromagnetic fields and makes use of an optimal sampling interpolation algorithm, which allows the reconstruction of the near-field data needed by the near-field-far-field transformation with cylindrical scan. The use of a prolate ellipsoid instead of a sphere to model an elongated antenna allows one to consider measurement cylinders with a diameter smaller than the antenna height, thus reducing the error related to the truncation of the scanning zone. Moreover, a significant reduction of the needed near-field data is also obtained. The comparison of the far-field patterns reconstructed from the acquired helicoidal measurements with those obtained from the data directly measured on the classical cylindrical grid assesses the effectiveness of the near-field-far-field transformation using this innovative scanning technique. At last, its validity is further confirmed by the very good agreement with the direct far-field measurements.

Citation:
F. D'Agostino, F. Ferrara, C. Gennarelli, R. Guerriero, and M. Migliozzi, "Laboratory tests assessing the effectiveness of the nf-ff transformation with helicoidal scanning for electrically long antennas," Progress In Electromagnetics Research, Vol. 98, 375-388, 2009.
doi:10.2528/PIER09092303
http://www.jpier.org/PIER/pier.php?paper=09092303

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