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Analysis and Design of a Reflection-Cancelling Transverse Slot-Pair Array with Grating-Lobe Suppressing Baffles
Takehito SUZUKI Jiro HIROKAWA Makoto ANDO
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications
Publication Date: 2009/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Antennas and Propagation
slotted waveguide array, reflection-cancelling slot-pair, grating-lobe, baffle, Method of Moment, Spectrum of Two-Dimensional Solutions, mutual coupling,
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This paper presents the analysis and design of a reflection-cancelling transverse slot-pair array antenna with baffles by using the Spectrum of Two-Dimensional Solutions (S2DS) method. For the transverse slot array, the slot spacings with more than one free-space wavelength cause the grating-lobes. The baffles suppress the grating-lobes effectively. A one-dimensional slot array is extracted from the 2D array with in-phase excitation by assuming periodicity in the transversal direction. The uniform excitation over the finite array is synthesized iteratively to demonstrate the fast and accurate results by S2DS. A unit design model with the baffles is introduced to determine the initial parameters of the slot-pairs, which greatly accelerate the iterations process. Experiments at 25.3 GHz demonstrate the suppression of the grating lobes to the level less than -20.0 dB and also the good uniformity of the aperture field distribution.