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Publication numberUS3175156 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 23, 1965
Filing dateAug 2, 1962
Priority dateSep 3, 1958
Publication numberUS 3175156 A, US 3175156A, US-A-3175156, US3175156 A, US3175156A
InventorsSletten Carlyle J
Original AssigneeSletten Carlyle J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Amplitude scanning of an antenna array on receiving
US 3175156 A
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March 23, 1965 c. J. SLETTEN 3,175,156

AMPLITUDE SCANNING OF AN ANTENNA ARRAY 0N RECEIVING Original Filed Sept. 5, 195a 4/? i4 4/ r ?4/ I I g W .1

INVENTOR 64/90 45 07:52 577677 United States Patent 3,175,156 AMPLITUDE SCANNING OF AN ANTENNA ARRAY 0N RECEIVING Carlyle J. Sletten, Acton, Mass, assignor to the United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force Original application Sept. 3, 1958, ser. No. 758,869, now Patent No. 3,085,204, dated Apr. 9, 1963. Divided and this application Aug. 2, 1962, Ser. No. 214,436

1 Claim. (Cl. 325-180) (Granted under Title 35, US. Code (1952), sec. 266) The invention described herein may be manufactured and used by or for the United States Government for governmental purposes without payment to me of any royalty thereon. I V

The invention relates generally to scanning antenna systems, and more particularly to a novel method and means for scanning an antenna beam on receiving to generate many beams (multilobes) at many ports or terminals.

This application is a division of applicants co-pending application, Serial No. 758,869, filed September 3, 1958, now US. Patent No. 3,085,204, entitled Amplitude Scanning.

Prior devices have utilized cumbersome mechanical means to produce a rotation of the entire physical structure of an antenna in order to scan an antenna beam. Devices of this nature, in addition to being bulky, are expensive and limited in the rapidity of the scanning op eration.

Electronic scanning antenna systems have been proposed wherein a variation of either the frequency or the phase of the energy along an array is utilized to produce a beam movement; however, either a change in antenna dimensions or complicated, expensive devices are necessary for an accurate control of a beam of radiated energy.

The method and means forming this invention for electronic scanning may be eifected by various means which easily and accurately change only the amplitude to elements of an array. This can be accomplished by controlling a voltage applied to grids of amplifiers which feed separate radiating elements in an array or by utilizing low powered transmitting sources on each radiated element and amplitude modulating these sources. Amplitude scanning also may utilize simple mechanical movement of antenna elements for varying the coupling and thereby the amplitude to the various elements.

Accordingly, it is an object of this invention to produce novel methods and means for scanning a signal r receiving array by utilizing a variable gain radio frequency amplifier at each element of the array and combining the output of these amplifiers to produce a steerable directive receiving system or multiple beams from many receivers.

Other advantages, features and objects of the invention will become more apparent from the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing which is a partially schematic representation of an application of the amplitude scanning technique to an antenna array used for receiving a signal to produce multiple beams.

The mathematical approach to amplitude scanning is based on my copending application No. 615,208, filed November 10, 1956, now US. Patent No. 3,100,300, en titled Antenna Array Synthesis Method and Apparatus, wherein it is shown that quarter wave spaced radiators with alternate elements in phase quadrature may be used to synthesize any antenna pattern. An extension of the principles taught in that application would allow for the creation of a sharp antenna pattern wherein the pattern Patented Mar. 23, 1965 may be made to assume various angular positions by varying the amplitude of the feeding coefficients in accordance with the following analysis and theory.

In accordance with thetheory presented in my afore- 5 mentioned copending application, the shape of a beam to be generated may be idealized and generated at a given angle, d with the normal to an array and determine the coeflicients C and B,,.

In accordance with the technique of the above theory,

a system is developed that approaches a uniformly illuminated array, wherein m 2;, sin (meow.- sin -H h v- Sin l where m is equal to 11-1. The displacement of the main beam from the perpendicular to the array is given by :1 (note that =sin a and =sin a). The feeding coefi'icients for the array are given by the cos mryb and sin (mi /2)1ryb terms. The desired fixing phasing on the array can be obtained by comparing the feeding coelficients of f (11/, p with the resolution of the radiated pattern in terms of phase on a transmission line as given in the aforementioned copending application. The spacing between adjacent elements is M4.

Mechanical movement of antenna elements to achieve a variation in coupling, which in turn produces a variation in amplitude to the various elements, and the utilization of angular positioning of an element on a twowire line to achieve a predetermined coupling, is taught in my copending application, S. No. 613,011, filed October 1, 1956, now US. Patent No. 2,963,730, entitled Method and Means for Antenna Coupling. An extension of this theory involves the rotation of these elements to vary the coupling and therefore the amplitude of the signal to each dipole to cause the scanning of an antenna beam.

The drawing illustrates the scanning of an array, on receiving, using amplitude scanning techniques. Signals are received on the M4 spaced antenna elements. The line lengths are alternately changed at M4 values to create a 90 phase shift between the elements. These received signals are then fed to preamplifiers 40 to raise the signal above the noise level while at the same time maintaining the phase of the signal at the amplifier input. The power is then divided, in this example, to two pairs of three variable gain amplifiers 41 or attenuators, one set of which has the signal inverted 180 in a phase inverter 42. The cfirst, second and third of each pair g .to separate addition buses 43, 44 and 45, respectively, and a summation of the signals from each element are combined on the buses to give three beams. The buss or sum lines, 43, 44, and 45, are assumed to sum signals without phase shift. This is practical, using superheterodyning techniques common to receivers. Note that the number of beams formed this Way need not correspond to the number of radiating elements in the receiving array. The gain of amplifiers plus attenuator will be adjusted for each beam according to formula (column 2). A comparison of these beams may be used, for example, to determine the location of a communication or radar signal source. An application of amplitude scan on receiving, accomplished by using a variable-gain radio frequency amplifier at each element of the array and combining the output of these amplifiers, can be used to produce a steerable directive receiving system or multiple beams from many receivers.

Thus, it can be seen that amplitude scanning can be utilized for any antenna array having equispaced elements in phase quadrature. Different spacings between the elements would vary the pattern throughout the scan. Slight variations in phase as the amplitude is varied may be tolerated; however, an appreciable variation would cause a deterioration of the pattern as the beam is scanned.

Although the invention has been described with reference to particular embodiments, it will be understood to those skilled in the art that the invention is capable of a variety of alternative embodiments within the spirit and scope of the appended claim.

I claim:

A means for amplitude scanning a received signal comprising an array of antenna elements having a phase shift between adjacent elements, means for dividing the received signal of each of said elements between at least two channels, means for phase inverting one of said divided signals 180, variable gain amplifier means adapted to receive divided power from the signals of each of said channels and means for summing the resultant signals on each power level.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,056,961 10/ 62 Mitchell 333- 3,085,204 4/63 Sletten 343-854 3,087,158 4/63 Fisch 333-l00 ELI LIEBERMAN, Acting Primary Examiner.


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U.S. Classification455/273, 455/291, 342/373
International ClassificationH01Q3/28
Cooperative ClassificationH01Q3/28
European ClassificationH01Q3/28