The role of the source geometry is investigated within the realm of inverse source problems. In order to examine the properties of the far zone radiation operator of some 2D curved sources its Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) is studied, either analytically, when possible, or numerically. This allows to evaluate the number of independent pieces of information, i.e. the number of degrees of freedom (NDF), of the source and to point out the set of far zone fields corresponding to stable solutions of the inverse problem. In particular, upper bounds for the NDF are obtained by exploiting Fourier series representations of the singular functions. Both curved (i.e. circumference and arc of circumference) and rectilinear geometries are considered, pointing out the role of limited angular observation domains. Moreover, in order to obtain some clues about the resolution achievable in the inverse source problem, a point-spread function analysis is performed. The latter reveals a spatially variant resolution for limited angular observation domains. The practical relevance ofthese results is highlighted with numerical examples of array diagnostics.
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