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Stray signal requirements for compact range reflectors based on RCS measurement errors

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2 Author(s)
Teh-hong Lee ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH, USA ; Burnside, W.D.

The authors present a performance criterion for compact range reflectors such that their edge diffracted stray signal levels meet a reasonable radar cross section (RCS) measurement error requirement. It is shown by example that one of the significant error sources is the diffracted fields emanating from the edges or junctions of the reflector. This measurement error is demonstrated by placing a diagonal square flat plate in the target zone and rotating it to appropriate angles. These angles are determined by bisecting the plane wave and stray signal directions. This results in a peak bistatic measurement of the edge diffracted stray signal. It is proposed that the diagonal flat plate be used to evaluate new reflector designs as well as existing systems. A reasonable stray signal performance level has been developed so that new reflector systems can be characterized in terms of an RCS measurement error requirement

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Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:39 ,  Issue: 8 )

Date of Publication:

Aug 1991

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