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Reflector antenna distortion compensation by array feeds: an experimental verification

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1 Author(s)
Y. Rahmat-Samii ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA

Reflector antennas are subject to surface distortions which may result from thermal or gravitational effects. Surface distortions degrade antenna performance by reducing gain and introducing high sidelobe levels. In the letter, results of an experimental study have been presented to demonstrate how effectively a properly excited array feed in the focal plane of the reflector antenna can compensate for the undesirable effects of slowly varying surface distortions. The application of the array compensation concept could prove to be very useful for future large space or ground antennas.<>

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Electronics Letters  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 18 )