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Antenna Efficiency and the Genius of the IEEE Standard for Antenna Terms [Education Column]

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Warnick, Karl F. ; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 459 Clyde Building, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602 USA

At a 2007 Square Kilometre Array Design Studies (SKADS) workshop in Dwingeloo, Wim van Cappellen of the Nether lands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) gave a presentation on figures of merit, in which he memorably compared antenna terms to apples. What seems like a simple, homogeneous fruit comes in all colors and varieties. Similarly, a survey of antenna literature and textbooks shows that authors use a wide variety of antenna figures of merit, often not in compliance with the relevant IEEE Standard Definitions of Terms for Antennas [1]. Since this standard is now in the process of revision by the Antennas and Propagation Society Antenna Standards Committee, it seems worth while to consider the standard, and clarify some common mis understandings and inconsistent usages.

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Antennas and Propagation Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:54 ,  Issue: 4 )