Methods to Estimate and Reduce Leakage Bias Errors in Planar Near-Field Antenna Measurements

Authors: Allen C. Newell, Jeff Guerrieri, Katie MacReynolds

This paper describes two methods that can be used to measure the leakage signals in quadrature detectors, predict the effect on the far-field pattern, and correct the measured data for leakage bias errors without additional near-field measurements. One method is an extension and addition to the work previously reported by Rousseau1. An alternative method will be discussed to determine the leakage signal by summing the near-field data at the edges of the scan rather than summing below a threshold level. Examples for both broad-beam horns and narrow-beam antennas will be used to illustrate the techniques.

 

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