Analytical Model and Study of Continuous Parallel Plate Waveguide Lens-like Multiple-Beam Antennas Article - Septembre 2018

F. Doucet, N.J.G. Fonseca, E. Girard, H. Legay, R. Sauleau

F. Doucet, N.J.G. Fonseca, E. Girard, H. Legay, R. Sauleau, « Analytical Model and Study of Continuous Parallel Plate Waveguide Lens-like Multiple-Beam Antennas  », IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, septembre 2018, pp. 4426-4436. ISSN 0018-926X

Abstract

An analytical model based on geometrical optics is proposed to design and analyze continuous parallel plate waveguide (PPW) lens-like antennas. The proposed design is based on a transversal PPW section working as a lens-like beamformer. By simplifying the propagation inside this transversal section, a bifocal constrained lens model is first defined ; it provides a relevant starting point to design the proposed beamformer. A refined model based on ray tracing and with an enhanced performance prediction is achieved by accounting the wave propagation inside the transversal cavity. The numerical analysis of phase aberrations and radiation demonstrate the performance of the proposed beamformer. The results of the ray-Tracing model are in a very good agreement with the corresponding full-wave model, while providing a significant reduction in the computational effort, making the proposed model more suitable for advanced optimization processes. © 1963-2012 IEEE.

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