Impact of finite ground plane edge diffractions on radiation patterns of aperture antennas

Nafati A. Aboserwal, Constantine Balanis, Craig R. Birtcher

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In this study, the impact of nite ground plane edge diffractions on the amplitude patterns of aperture antennas is examined. The Uniform Theory of Diffraction (UTD) and the Geometrical Optics (GO) methods are utilized to calculate the amplitude patterns of a conical horn, and rectangular and circular waveguide apertures mounted on square and circular nite ground planes. The electric eld distribution over the antenna aperture is obtained by a modal method, and then it is employed to calculate the geometrical optics eld using the aperture integration method. The UTD is then applied to evaluate the diffraction from the ground planes' edges. Far-zone amplitude patterns in the E and H planes are nally obtained by the vectorial summation of the GO and UTD elds. In this paper, to accurately predict the H-plane amplitude patterns of circular and rectangular apertures mounted on square ground planes, the E-plane edge diffractions need to be included because the E-plane edge diffractions are much more intense than those of the H-plane edge regular and slope diffractions. Validity of the analysis is established by satisfactory agreement between the predicted and measured data and those simulated by Ansoft's High Frequency Structure Simulator (HFSS). Good agreement is observed for all cases considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
JournalProgress In Electromagnetics Research B
Issue number55
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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