Aperture efficiencies of impulse radiating antennas

C. Jerald Buchenauer, J. Scott Tyo, Jon S.H. Schoenberg

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A concept of aperture efficiency is introduced for the purpose of comparing and optimizing the performance of impulse radiating antennas (IRAs). The aperture efficiencies of popular lens and reflector IRAs are computed as the ratios of peak radiated power densities on boresight compared with that produced by an ideal IRA with an aperture of equal area and equal total input power. Loss of aperture efficiency occurs through two distinct mechanisms: from power that falls outside the aperture and is lost; and from nonuniform power and polarization distributions within the aperture. Both loss mechanisms are addressed, and means for increasing efficiencies are identified. Aperture efficiencies approaching 100% are feasible in TEM-horn arrays and similar structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUltra-Wideband Short-Pulse Electromagnetics 4
EditorsEhud Heyman, Benjamin Mandelbaum, Joseph Shiloh
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)0306462060, 9780306462061
StatePublished - 1998
Event4th Conference on Ultra-Wideband Short-Pulse Electromagnetics, UWBSP 1998 - Tel-Aviv, Israel
Duration: Jun 14 1999Jun 19 1999

Publication series

NameUltra-Wideband Short-Pulse Electromagnetics 4


Other4th Conference on Ultra-Wideband Short-Pulse Electromagnetics, UWBSP 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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