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Calibration methods for phased array radars
Author(s): Ilgın Şeker
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Paper Abstract

For successful beam shaping and scanning in phased array radars, it is essential to precisely set the amplitude and phase of each element channel. However, considerable amplitude and phase differences among the channels can occur due to the different RF hardware connected to each element. Also, the phase and amplitude characteristics of most RF devices depend on frequency and temperature and usually drift in time. In order to equalize the phase and amplitude effects of the channels, phased array radars need to be calibrated periodically. In the literature, various phased array calibration methods are discussed. However, the specifics of these methods are usually not covered. Here, we describe four of the most commonly used calibration methods in detail: near-field scanning probe, peripheral fixed probes, calibration lines, and mutual coupling. Each calibration method is described step by step and relevant formulas are given. The advantages and disadvantages of each method are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2013
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8714, Radar Sensor Technology XVII, 87140W (31 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2015694
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Ilgın Şeker, ASELSAN Inc. (Turkey)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8714:
Radar Sensor Technology XVII
Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin Doerry, Editor(s)

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