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Analysis of numerically specified multireflector antennas by kinematic and dynamic ray tracing

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1 Author(s)
Kildal, P.-S. ; ELAB-RUNIT, Norwegian Inst. of Technol., Trondheim, Norway

A technique for tracing rays and fields with several numerically specified reflectors by using geometrical optics (GO) is described. The ray paths are determined by launching individual rays from the feed point and following them by reflection from all the reflector surfaces to the output aperture of the last reflector. This procedure is referred to as kinematic ray tracing. Thereafter, the amplitude, phase and polarization of the E-field is traced along the ray paths to the aperture; this is referred to as dynamic ray tracing. The aperture field is then integrated to find the aperture efficiency, which is factorized into convenient subefficiencies. The technique has been implemented in a computer code that has been used to analyze the proposed new shaped-offset dual-reflector feed for the spherical reflector antenna at the Arecibo Observatory

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Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 10 )