27 July 2016 Experimental studies on near-field holographic antenna measurement
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A near-field millimeter-wave holography system operating in the 3-mm waveband have been developed as a prototype for DATE5, a 5-m terahertz telescope proposed to be deployed at Dome A, Antarctica. Experimental measurements at 92 GHz have been made on a 1.45-m test antenna. During the night time at which the ambient temperature doesn’t vary rapidly, a 75-minute repeatability (repeating measurement 3 times) of ~2.3 μm rms has been achieved with an aperture resolution of 46 mm. A local surface change of known value is correctly detected. After long-time repeating measurements, thermal-induced feed displacement is also detected with an accuracy of approximately 20 μm. Random error factors of the experiment system are evaluated and their contributions to the derived surface error are also simulated, showing that relative poor pointing of the test antenna is the major factor limiting the measurement repeatability.
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Yingxi Zuo, Yingxi Zuo, Linfen Xu, Linfen Xu, Hongye An, Hongye An, Jixian Sun, Jixian Sun, Zheng Lou, Zheng Lou, Ji Yang, Ji Yang, Xuguo Zhang, Xuguo Zhang, Zhenqiang Li, Zhenqiang Li, Dengrong Lu, Dengrong Lu, Xinghai Pang, Xinghai Pang, Yang Li, Yang Li, "Experimental studies on near-field holographic antenna measurement", Proc. SPIE 9906, Ground-based and Airborne Telescopes VI, 99064A (27 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232158; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232158
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