Electromagnetic Aspects of the Reflector Antenna

  • Jacob W. M. Baars
  • Hans J. Kärcher
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 447)


The purpose of the reflector antenna is to concentrate the radiation from a desired direction as effectively as possible in the focal point while suppressing interfering signals from other directions. The electromagnetic (EM) analysis of the antenna provides the basis for the definition and specification of the geometrical layout. This in turn has a strong influence on the structural and mechanical design and realisation of the antenna. Therefore, we devote this chapter to a summary of the main aspects of the electromagnetic theory of the reflector antenna. In particular, we present quantitative information on the relation between EM parameters and the resulting requirements on the hardware realisation of the antenna. The electromagnetic characteristics of even the largest radio telescope reflector cannot be properly described by geometrical optics only, as is usual for optical telescopes. A wave-based EM diffraction analysis is required to derive the parameters of the antenna: in particular its beam shape with sidelobes, polarisation state, gain and beam efficiency.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacob W. M. Baars
    • 1
  • Hans J. Kärcher
    • 2
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für RadioastronomieBonnGermany
  2. 2.MT Mechatronics - consultantKarbenGermany

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