Laboratory Tests on the Near-Field - Far-Field Transformation with Spherical Spiral Scan Optimized for Long Antennas

Authors: Francesco D’Agostino, Flaminio Ferrara, Claudio Gennarelli, Rocco Guerriero, Massimo Migliozzi, Jeff A. Fordham

In this communication, the experimental verification of a probe compensated near-field – far-field (NF–FF) transformation with spherical spiral scanning particularly suitable for elongated antennas is provided. It is based on a nonredundant sampling representation of the voltage measured by the probe, obtained by using the unified theory of spiral scans for nonspherical antennas and adopting a cylinder ended in two half-spheres for modelling long antennas. Its main characteristic is to allow a remarkable reduction of the measurement time due to the use of continuous and synchronized movements of the positioning systems and to the reduced number of required NF measurements. In fact, the NF data needed by the classical NF–FF transformation with spherical scanning are efficiently and accurately reconstructed from those acquired along the spiral, by employing an optimal sampling interpolation formula. Some experimental results, obtained at the Antenna Characterization Lab of the University of Salerno and assessing the effectiveness of such a NF–FF transformation technique, are presented.


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