Computational Electromagnetic Modelling of Near-Field Antenna Test Systems Using Plane Wave Spectrum Scattering Matrix Approach

Authors: Patrick Pelland, Allen Newell

In recent years a number of analyses and simulations have been published that estimate the effect of using a probe with higher order azimuthal modes with standard probe corrected spherical transformation software. In the event the probe has higher order modes, errors will be present within the calculated antenna under test (AUT) spherical mode coefficients and the resulting asymptotic far-field parameters [1, 2, 3, 4]. Within those studies, a computational electromagnetic (CEM) simulation tool was developed to calculate the output response for an arbitrary AUT/probe combination where the probe could be placed at arbitrary locations on the measurement sphere ultimately allowing complete near-field acquisitions to be simulated. The planar transmission equation was used to calculate the probe response using the plane wave spectra for actual AUTs and probes derived from either planar or spherical measurements. The planar transmission formula was utilised as, unlike the spherical analogue, there is no limitation on the characteristics of the AUT or probe thereby enabling a powerful, entirely general, model to be constructed. This paper further extends this model to enable other measurement configurations and errors to be considered including probe positioning errors which can result in ideal first order probes exhibiting higher order azimuthal mode structures. The results of these additional simulations are presented and discussed.

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