A 340 GHz High Gaussicity Smooth Spline Horn Antenna for the STEAMR Instrument
Paper in proceedings, 2014

We present the design, fabrication and measure-ments of a smooth walled spline feed horn antenna for the satellite borne climate research instrument STEAMR operating at 340GHz. A method has been developed which, for a certain desired beam waist, can be used to optimize the horn profile for high Gaussicity and ultra-low sidelobes. The simulated performance of the horn achieves a beam waist of 1.9 mm over the band 323-357 GHz with Gaussian coupling efficiency exceeding 98%. The peak cross-polar sidelobes are below -28 dB over the required frequency band. For cost effective manufacturing with high repeatability, the smooth wall spline profile is drilled in out from a metal block using a custom made broach. To validate the design and fabrication, planar measurements of the phase and amplitude have been performed and from measured E-field vital horn parameters have been extracted.

Author

Arvid Hammar

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory

Yogesh Karandikar

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Microwave Electronics

Per Forsberg

Omnisys Instruments

Anders Emrich

GigaHertz Centre

Jan Stake

Chalmers, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2), Terahertz and Millimetre Wave Laboratory

2014 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting

1522-3965 (ISSN)

649-650

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

DOI

10.1109/APS.2014.6904655

ISBN

978-1-4799-3538-3

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