60 GHz Antenna Diagnostics from Planar Near Field Antenna Measurement Without External Frequency Conversion

Paula Irina Popa, Sergey Pivnenko, Olav Breinbjerg

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We previously demonstrated that 60 GHz planarnear-field antenna measurements without external frequency conversion can provide far-field radiation patterns in good agreement with spherical near-field antenna measurements in spite of thecable flexing and thermal drift effects [P.I.Popa, S. Pivnenko,J.M. Nielsen, O. Breinbjerg, 60 GHz Antenna Measurement Setup using a VNA without External Frequency Conversion,36th Annual Symposium of the Antenna Measurement Technique Association ,October 12-17,Tucson, Arizona, 2014]. In this work we extend the validation of this 60 GHz planar near-field (PNF) set-up to antenna diagnostics and perform a detailed systematic study of the extreme near-field of a standard gain horn at 60GHz from planar and spherical near-field measurement data. The magnitude and phase of all three rectangular components of the electric and the magnetic aperture fields are calculated, as is the main component of the Poynting vector showing the power flow over the aperture. While the magnitude of the co-polar electricfield may seem the obvious object for antenna diagnostics, we demonstrate that there is much additional information in those additional quantities that combine to give the full picture of the aperture field. The usefulness of the complete informationis illustrated on example where the horn aperture is disturbed by a fault. We compare the results of the planar and sphericalnear-field (SNF) measurements to each other and to simulation results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 37th Annual Symposium of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association
Number of pages6
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAMTA 37th Annual Meeting & Symposium - Long Beach, California , United States
Duration: 11 Oct 201516 Oct 2015


ConferenceAMTA 37th Annual Meeting & Symposium
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach, California

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