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Reflector Surface Error Compensation in Cassegrain Antennas

Cowles, P.R., Parker, Edward A. (1975) Reflector Surface Error Compensation in Cassegrain Antennas. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 23 (3). pp. 323-328. ISSN 0018-926X. (doi:10.1109/TAP.1975.1141087) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:38776)

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wo focal plane parabolic reflectors 2.8 m in diameter

were wed to test the feasibility of compensating for reflector surface

profile errors by figuring the surface of a Cassegrain mirror. The paraboloids

had been designed originally for frequencies less than 7 GHz,

and therefore the surface errors bad a significant effect on the antenna

performance in the 27-40 GHz range. For these frequencies a template

could be used to measure the surface profile. The 6rst reflector had a

prominent axially symmetrical surface error component. Compensating

for this alone simplified the construction of the subreflector and improved

the overall aperture efficiency at 34 GHz from 12 percent to 24 percent.

The second reflector had a more random distribution of surface errors.

Its efficiency was improved from 35 percent to 48 percent at 34 GHz,

the improvement in gain varying from 1.1 dB at 28 GHz to 2.3 dB at

40 GHz, the shortfall being within 1 dB of the possible improvement

predicted from the measured surface errors. For both reflectors the

illumination efficiency set by the feed horn was about 50 percent. The

linear cross polarization discrimination on axis increased from 29 dB

to 38 dB at 34 GHz. The sidelobe levels and gain improvement obtained

suggest that effective rms errors of about 0.45 nun with correlation

distances of about 30 cm remained on the reflector surface after compensation,

consistent with the estimated accuracy of the measuring and

construction techniques adopted.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/TAP.1975.1141087
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Ted Parker
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2014 16:31 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:15 UTC
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