On an algorithm for analysis of the radiation patterns of dual reflector and segmented reflector antennas
Abstract
An algorithm has been developed to calculate the radiation patterns of a large reflector antenna for space applications. The algorithm treats each panel in the reflector array as an analytic surface having nsided polygonal boundaries. The radiation fields for individual panels are computed and stored separately, and then added to yield a uniform radiation pattern for the entire reflector. Numerical methods developed to reduce the overlap of the aperture fields of adjacent panels are described in detail. Calculations of the tangential field components of the aperture plane are carried out based on the principles of geometric optics (GO). Some radiation patterns calculated with the algorithm are compared with patterns produced by other methods, together with measured data for a classical Cassegrain antenna and the calculated patterns are illustrated.
 Publication:

IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
 Pub Date:
 October 1985
 DOI:
 10.1109/TAP.1985.1143490
 Bibcode:
 1985ITAP...33.1101C
 Keywords:

 Antenna Design;
 Antenna Radiation Patterns;
 Reflector Antennas;
 Reflectors;
 Satellite Antennas;
 Two Reflector Antennas;
 Cassegrain Antennas;
 Cross Polarization;
 Far Fields;
 Integrals;
 Synthetic Apertures;
 Communications and Radar