Compact First-Order Probe for Spherical Near-Field Antenna Measurements at Low Frequencies

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Guidelines for designing compact and lightweight first-order probes for spherical near-field antenna measurements at frequencies below 1 GHz that exploit first-order properties of electrically small self-resonant radiators combined into superdirective endfire arrays are established theoretically, exemplified numerically, and validated experimentally. A prototype of the probe designed to operate at a central frequency of 435 MHz exhibits the impedance bandwidth of 15 MHz with a directivity of more than 9 dBi and parasitic $|\mu |\ne 1$ spherical modes suppressed to at least −42 dB. The probe height is just 343 mm above a 720-mm circular ground plane and weighs about 5 kg.
Original languageEnglish
JournalI E E E Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
Volume65
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)3684 - 3690
ISSN0018-926X
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Publication statusPublished - 2017

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  • Probes, Bandwidth, Antenna measurements, Antenna arrays, Frequency measurement, Dipole antennas, Electrically small antennas, Frequency bandwidth, Linear arrays, Physical bounds, Quality factor, Radiation, Spherical near-field (SNF), Supergain antennas

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