Test Zone Analysis Software
An important data acquisition process in the certification
and analysis of antenna ranges is to probe the zone
in which the antenna under test (AUT) is placed. The
complete area within which an AUT may reside is termed
the “test zone”. For a compact range, the test zone is
also termed the “quiet zone”. The quality of the field in
the test zone is a primary factor in the final accuracy of
antenna measurement data on an AUT.
The normal method of probing a test zone is to mount a linear apparatus with a moving antenna probe in the test zone and to collect data in a scanned fashion at multiple RF/MW frequencies, orientations and positions of the apparatus. An extensive set of scans can map the quality of the field in the test zone.
The Test Zone Analysis software provides the capability to analyze these scans against the standard metrics which evaluate the quality of the test zone and to produce both a concise tabular analysis and annotated plots of the scan data.
The Test Zone Analysis Software is an integrated package for analyzing antenna range field probe data. It insures that processing is consistent and data results are presented in a uniform and organized manner.
- Easy to use
- Adjunct software to the MI-3000 Arena™ Data Acquisition & Analysis Software
Test Zone Metrics
The Test Zone Analysis package is adjunct software to the MI-3000 Arena™ Data Acquisition & Analysis Software. The MI-3000 is used to collect field probe scan data and the MI-3065 provides analysis of the scans for the parameters of:
- Amplitude Taper
- Amplitude Ripple
- Amplitude Symmetry
- Phase Taper
- Phase Ripple
- Phase Slope
These parameters are evaluated across a user defined quiet zone within the scans. In addition, field probes scans taken during the focus and alignment phase of an antenna range can be processed to assist in aligning the range more quickly.