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Scattering from a terminated antenna structure is studied and evaluated by modeling and computing its characteristics for linear dipole arrays and a variety of field, structure, and load conditions. Specific current distributions and effective load terminations are established that separate and compare the surface- and load-reflected contributions to the scattered field. The level and spatial distribution of the resulting fields and cross sections are determined as well as the relationship of these fields to the antenna gain pattern and their dependence on termination network effects that include waveguide phase delays and interdipole connections. The results presented illustrate the character of the bistatic scattering and its dependence on array structure, mutual coupling, conducting plates, incident field variations, and the internal and termination impedances.
Date of Publication: Jan 1979