Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS3460150 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 5, 1969
Filing dateJan 21, 1966
Priority dateJan 21, 1966
Publication numberUS 3460150 A, US 3460150A, US-A-3460150, US3460150 A, US3460150A
InventorsMei Kenneth K
Original AssigneeUniv California
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Broadside log-periodic antenna
US 3460150 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

Aug. 5, 1969 K. K. MEI


Filed Jan. 21, 1966 Pa a/01v Arromwr:

vAug. 5, 1969 K. K. MEI 3,460,150

BROADSIDE LOG-PERIODIC ANTENNA Filed Jan. 21, 1966 5 Sheets-$heet 2 INVENTOR. I Kim/em ME/ lrranvrnr Aug. 5, 1969 K. K. MEI 3,460,150

BROADSIDE LOG -PER IODIC ANTENNA Filed Jan. 21, 1966 5 Shee ts-Sheet 3 360 369/m: ,rioiim 'FIG.'.II-



' Ifraeu! Y5 Aug. 5, 1969 Filed Jan. 21, 1966 K. K. MEI


lrraewiw United States Patent Office 3,460,15fi Patented Aug. 5, 1969 3,460,150 BROADSIDE LOG-PERIODIC ANTENNA Kenneth K. Mei, Oakland, 'Calif., assignor to the Regents of the University of California, Berkeley, Calif. Filed Jan. 21, 1966, Ser. No. 522,170 Int. Cl. H011 11/10 US. Cl. 343-7925 6 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE The invention relates to means for propagating and receiving electromagnetic energy, particularly waves of relatively short length and particularly under circumstances wherein considerable directivity of the antenna is desired and in which a high gain is a requisite.

Represented in the literature and in practice are various antenna arrangements utilizing logarithmic periodic spacing of the antenna elements. These offer a broad beam of radiation which is disadvantageous in that the directivity of the antenna is poor and the power radiated in any given direction is a small fraction of the power input. A prinicipal arrangement is of several end-fire elements in a Ian-shaped or arcuate array about a central point in order to increase the gain. While there is some benefits in this practice, it is not as great as desired since the active region of the various antenna elements is arcuate or curved and so the array is not highly directional.

It is therefore an object of the invention to provide a high gain and frequency independent antenna array which is highly directional.

Another object of the invention is to provide a high gain, frequency independent antenna arrangement in which the directive pattern is substantially entirely in a selected direction and of the desired narrow width.

Another object of the invention is to provide a directive, frequency independent high gain antenna which can be steered electronically.

Another object of the invention is in general to provide a simple, straightforward, economically manufactured and readily maintained antenna of the general characteristics mentioned.

A still further object of the invention is to provide an improved high gain, directive, frequency independent antenna, particularly one subject to electronic steering.

Other objects together with the foregoing are attained in the embodiments of the invention described in the accompanying description and illustrated in the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIGURE 1 is a diagram showing in plan one form of antenna according to the invention;

FIGURE 2 is a side elevation of the FIGURE 1 arrangement;

FIGURE 3 is a plan of a modified form of the arrangement of FIGURE 1;

FIGURE 4 is a side elevation of the FIGURE 3 arrangement;

FIGURE 5 is a plan of a different form of antenna;

FIGURE 6 is a side elevation of the FIGURE 5 arrangement;

FIGURE 7 is a plan of an antenna 'with snake connections;

FIGURE 8 is a side elevation of the FIGURE 7 arrangement;

FIGURE 9 is a plane pattern of radiated power from a typical antenna at three frequencies;

FIGURE 10 is a schematic plan of a two-element snake broadside antenna;

FIGURE 11 is a schematic plan of an end-fire logperiodic antenna;

FIGURE 12 is a k-B diagram;

FIGURE 13 shows spacing and radiator length of a log-periodic antenna;

FIGURE 14 shows a log-periodic array with parasitic elements, the feeding system being omitted;

FIGURE 15 shows a plot of power radiated from an actual broadside log-periodic antenna as shown in FIG- URE 14;

FIGURE 16 shows a single beam broadside log-periodic antenna with a reflecting screen;

FIGURE 17 shows the antenna of FIGURE 16 but with a second set of parasitic elements;

FIGURE 18 is a schematic plan of an electronically steerable log-periodic antenna, the feeding system being omitted; and

FIGURE 19 is a schematic plan of an electronically steerable log-periodic antenna steerable by tuning the feed lines.

Pursuant to a principal concept of the present invention, in one example (FIGURES 1 and 2) there is arranged an antenna array symmetrical about an axis 5 and comprising a number of dipole antenna radiators 6 disposed (for example, vertically) in a plurality of radial files 7, 8, 9 and 10, for example. Each file radiates from a common origin 11 on the axis 5. The dipoles 6 in each of the files are arranged so that they also lie in transverse rows 13, 14, 15, 16* and 17, for example. The spacing bet-ween the individual rows is made to accord with a logarithmic function. This spacing of the rows is usually referred to as log-periodic. The individual dipoles 6 in each one of the transverse rows 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17, for example, are of the same length (or height, assuming the radiators have their axes vertical) but the lengths (or heights) of the dipoles in the successive rows very with the same logarithmic function as does the spacing of the rows. The various dipoles are supplied through a pair of transmission conductors 18 and 19 coincident with the file lines 7 running from a suitable source such as an oscillator 20. The dipoles can be replaced by monopoles in a similar pattern and with a ground plane structure all connected to a suitable energy source. Also, the dipoles may be arranged with their axes horizontal rather than vertical, as shown in FIGURES 3 and 4.

The effect of these arrangements is to afford a substantially linear, transverse, active region 21 and thus to afford a straight, broadside propagation of the electromagnetic energy with a highly directional pattern and with the pattern varying inconsequentially or not at all over a relatively wide range of frequencies.

An arrangement producing similar results is illustrated in FIGURES 5 and 6 in which the geometrical or physical location or arrangement of a number of dipoles 26 is log-periodic in a number of radial files 27 and also in a number of transverse rows 28, 29 and 30, for example. A source of energy, an oscillator 32, is connected by a symmetrical transmission line 33 including a pair of conductors running along the axis and having branches 34 in axial symmetry connecting to leads 35 and connectors 36 likewise in symmetry on opposite sides of the center axis of the mirror image array. In this instance also, since the actual dipole pattern is comparable to that of FIGURES 1 and 2, the array is properly a log-periodic, broadside array of the dipoles with an active region comparable to that in FIGURE 1. Again, a monopole, ground plane construction can be utilized if desired. It has been developed experimentally that the arrangement shown in FIGURES 5 and 6 is also effective over a very wide frequency range to afford a highly directional beam and a high gain.

The theoretical handling of the parameters of the antennae heretofore described is relatively difficult, and reproduceable results with various different dimensions are difficult to obtain, although excellent experimental results have been obtained with certain individual versions of the illustrated arrays.

It is possible and desirable to vary the arrangements somewhat in order to reduce the complexity of the calculations and to make readily reproduceable within a narrow range an antenna array which has all of the desired characteristics.

As particularly illustrated in FIGURES 7 and 8, about an axis there are symmetrically arranged a number of dipoles 46 located in radial files 47, 48, 49 and 50 having a geometrical origin 51 and likewise log-periodically arranged in transverse rows such as 52, 53, 54 and 55. In this instance, while the geometrical or space arrangement of the dipoles 46 is similar to the previous arrangements, the transmission of the energy thereto is different. In this case, the energy is derived from a common source such as an oscillator 61, as before, or from a plurality of sources in phase individually connected to the individual files of dipoles.

The transmission lines such as 62, 63, 64 and 65, however, are not direct but are themselves arranged so that the length of all of the lines between any successive dipoles in any adjacent pair of the rows is identical despite the position of the various dipoles in their own files. That is to say, length L of the transmission line 65 between two of the dipoles in the adjacent rows 54 and and in file 50 is exactly the same as the length L of the transmission line between the dipoles in the same two rows 54 and 55 but in the file 49. This is accomplished by curving the individual, identically long transmission lines into generally S shapes. This kind of transmission line configuration is referred to as a snake connection. The line length can also be adjusted electronically as well as physically or by a combination of both electronic and physical adjustments. The relationship between the physical or electrical length L for example, of the transmission line and a space distance A measured normally between the successive rows such as 54 and 55 affords a slowness factor. The relationship of L and A is made to afford the desired slowness factor and to put all of the dipole radiators in any one row in approximately the same phase. Their phases all would be identical except that end effects make the mutual impedance slightly different at the outside elements.

In an actual working example of the array shown in FIGURES 7 and 8, the normal distance A was 3.43 centimeters. The distance between the end radiating dipoles in the row 55 indicated by the measurement B was 13.4 certimeters. The slowness factor or ratio of L over A for equivalent air-filled line was 1.88. The characteristic impedance of the lines equalled 70 ohms. The length (or height) of one of the reference radiators 46 in the row 55 was 3.35 centimeters and the diameter of the reference radiators was 0.18 centimeters. Since this is completely a log-periodic array, all of the dimensions vary in proportion to their distance from the file origin 51.

As an example of the radiation patterns for the fourelement arrays of FIGURES 1 to 8, there are illustrated in FIGURE 9 three actual patterns, superposed, and individually representing power radiation at 3691 megacycles, 4876 megacycles and 5055 megacycles. It will be observed that these patterns are very nearly alike, that the directional characteristic of all of them is substantially the same, that the energy is very nearly all beamed in one direction, and that other directional lobes of the radiation pattern are extremely small and of inconsequential character.

While for illustration in the preceding there have been shown arrays including only a few rows and only a few files, the general principles involved are not so limited and a large number of rows and files Within practical limitations are entirely possible. Stated differently, there are no theoretical limitations on the number of radiators in a pattern or array of the sorts disclosed. This is because the active region of all of the arrays is substantially rectilinear and transverse or broadside and can be laterally extended indefinitely for as much gain as is desired.

The design of a broadside two-element log-periodic array, such as shown in FIGURE 10, is the same as the design of a single snake array with the radiators 67 coincident with the axis 67 since the locations of the radiators in their files project into comparable axial positions 69. For an end-fire array, the second snake can be designed from the first one as shown in FIGURE 11.

The following data uniquely determine a log-periodic array:

(1) The ratio constant t.

(2) The slowness factor (the ratio of length of the transmission line connecting the adjacent elements and the direct free space distance between those elements).

(3) The angle a (the angle between the axis and the ends of the radiators or dipoles normal thereto).

(4) The transmission line impedance.

In an actual example, the transmission line impedance is chosen to be near the resonance impedance of the dipole, about 50 to ohms.

Now referring to a uniform periodic structure rather than to a log-periodic structure, a k-B diagram can be drawn as in FIGURE 12. In this diagram k is the wave number in free space expressed as k=w/c. In this expression w is angular frequency and c is the velocity of light. In this diagram B=wl/ac'. In this expression a is the spacing between adjacent radiators, l is the length of the transmission line between adjacent elements and c is the velocity of the signal in the transmission line. The shaded areas in the diagram are the invisible regions and the intervening, non-shaded area is the visible region. A uniform periodic structure with straight connections can be approximately represented on this diagram by a straight line U the slope of which is inversely proportional to the slowness factor of the structure. A uniform periodic cross fire, snake structure is represented on this diagram by a straight line X. For any frequency f a number ka equal to 2wfa/c is located at a point '71 on the vertical axis of the diagram and determines a horizontal line 72 passing through the point. That horizontal line intersects the line U at a point OP called the operating point. If the operating point falls in the shaded, invisible region the antenna does not radiate; when the operating point is in the visible region, near A, the anenna backfires or radiates rearwardly; when the operating point is'in the visible region, near B, the antenna radiates broadside; and when the operating point is in the visible region, near C, the antenna fires or radiates forwardly. Thus, as the frequency increases, the antenna radiates first backwa-rdly, then broadside, then forwardly. If the structure is cross connected rather than straight connected, the same principle applies except that the k-B line is shifted horizontally by 1r.

The same diagram can be applied -to a log-periodic structure by considering the operation to be at a particular frequency. As the signal travels down the structure, the spacing between the elements changes so a point on the ka-Ba line represents an actual operating point of a particular section of the log-periodic structure. The point A on the diagram then represents a section of the actual log-periodic antenna effective to fire or radiate backwardly. If this direction of radiation is desired, the most efiicient antenna or radiator, the quarter wave length antenna, is positioned in this corresponding location. The length D of this particular radiator or antenna, FIGURE 13, with reference to the spacing a is taken either from the ka-Ba diagram or from the formula g Z-l-s 4 (s) for straight connection or from the formula for cross connection wherein s is the slope of the k-B line. The determination of this antenna size completes the design. Since the k-B diagram is only an approximation, the results are only approximate. Some correction is practically necessary, the best element size usually being from to 20% shorter than the computed value.

If a backfiring antenna array is not wanted, the above formulas should not be used but the k-B diagram shoul be used as follows:

1) Choose a convenient value for the transmission line and the ratio constant t (t is equal to or greater than .8).

(2) Choose a slowness factor for the structure and draw the ka-Ba line, remembering that the larger the slowness factor the closer the elements will be spaced.

(3) Determine the operating point and the element or radiator size from the ka-Ba line.

(4) Take measurements of the resulting actual pattern and correct the element length for best performance.

If parasitic elements are used in addition to the connected, active or radiating dipoles of the log-periodic antenna, they act not only as Yagi reflectors or guides, depending upon their spacing and the input impedance, to increase the gain, but also maybe used to control the active region of the antenna.

As the signal travels from the smaller end of the logperiodic antenna to the larger end, the operating point moves from the invisible region to the backfire region, then to the broadside region and finally to the forward fire region. Thus, even though the elements in the backfire region may be small, the progression of the operating point through such region causes the leakage of considerable energy before the signal reaches the desired location for the operating point.

This leakage can be reduced or eliminated by using parasitic elements 76 as shown in FIGURE 14 to form a simple Yagi configuration. At a particular frequency the Yagi configurations change from guides to reflectors and the array changes from forward fire to backward fire. Thus, to obtain a log-periodic antenna which radiates off axis the parasitic elements are designed so that the transition region 77 is just in back of the desired active region. Behind the transition region the reflectors fire forwardly while the connected radiators fire in the opposite direction, resulting in no net radiation from this section and hence obviating leakage therefrom. In the active region the reflectors and the connected elements radiate in the same direction; hence the desired radiation takes place and can be directed at any desired angle with respect to the axis is depending upon the relative effect of the parasitic elements and the active elements. An actual result from a broadside, multiple beam radiating logperiodic antenna is shown in FIGURE 15. If only single beam radiation is desired, a reflecting screen 78, as in FIGURE 16, or another set 79 of parasitic elements, as in FIGURE 17, may be used. In fact, for effective, almost exactly broadside radiation with this antenna, the parasitic elements 79 can be retained, as shown in FIGURE 17, and the remaining parasitic elements, those directly in the file, can be omitted.

From the foregoing it is clear that the direction of radiation of a log-periodic antenna using simple parasitic elements depends upon the location of the transition region in that when the transition region is moved toward the smaller end of the antenna the beam is moved closer to the axis and when the transition region is moved toward the larger end, the beam moves closer to the broadside direction. Thus, by shifting the location of the transition region the beam can be polarly shifted or scanned. The transition region of a simple Yagi configuration in the frequency range in which the parasitic element changes from a guide to a reflector and the behavior of the parasitic element as guide or reflector depends not only on the spacing between the direct radiator and the parasitic element, but also on the input impedance of the parasitic element. When the impedance of the parasitic element is inductive, the element tends to act as a reflector at a closer spacing than when the impedance is capacitative. The input impedance of the parastic element can be varied by changing the length of the element, by the provision of loading means 81, as seen in FIGURE 18, or by providing tuners 82 for tuning the feed lines as shown in FIGURE 19. Both the effective length of the element and the loading can be controlled electronically by well-known means. By so doing, the transition region of the parasitic elements is moved and the beam of the log-periodic antenna is thus electronically scanned. As shown, the individual loading and tuning means may be ganged.

In the foregoing, reference is generally made to strict log-periodicity in order to have broad band operation, but if broad band operation is not of great importance, the antenna elements need not be so precisely spaced and can even be made of uniform spacing for cheaper manufacture, although at the sacrifice of some band width. This occurs particularly at the higher frequencies. Also, some intermediate spacings between uniform and log-periodic may be used with intermediate results, all pursuant to the foregoing.

What is claimed is:

1. A high gain frequency independent antenna comprising a fan-shaped array of dipoles arranged in a plurality of files radiating from a common origin and disposed in transverse rows spaced apart according to a logarithmic function, and means including a pair of conductors for electrically connecting said dipoles in each of said plurality of files by conectors having substantially equal effective length between said dipoles in any adjacent ones of said rows.

2. A high gain frequency independent antenna according to claim 1 in which connectors for said dipoles in each file have a snake configuration in extending from row to row.

3. A high gain frequency independent antenna accord- References Cited ing to claim 1 in which each of said dipoles is provided UNITED STATES PATENTS with a parasitic element.

4. A high gain frequency independent antenna ac- 3,059,234 10/1962 Du Hamel et 343 792-5 cording to claim 1 in which tuning means are provided 5 3,349,404 10/1967 Copeland at 343792-5 in said connecting means between each of said rows. 3,257,661 6/1966 Tanner 343*792-5 5. A high gain frequency independent antenna accord- 219191441 12/1959 343 810 ing to claim 1 in which tuning means are provided for said dipoles in each of said rows. ELI LIEBERMAN, Primary EXaITlinel '6. A high gain frequency independent antenna according to claim 1 in which connectors for said dipoles in each Cl- X-R- file are dielectrically loaded. 343-817, 854

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US2919441 *Apr 15, 1955Dec 29, 1959Jen Chu LanRadio-frequency-energy transmission line and antenna
US3059234 *Sep 21, 1959Oct 16, 1962Collins Radio CoLogarthmically periodic antenna array
US3257661 *Apr 11, 1962Jun 21, 1966Tanner Robert LLog-periodic antenna
US3349404 *Feb 11, 1965Oct 24, 1967Univ Ohio State Res FoundIntegrated lobe switching antenna
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US4296416 *Oct 26, 1979Oct 20, 1981E-Systems, Inc.Dual mode log periodic monopole array
US5274390 *Dec 6, 1991Dec 28, 1993The Pennsylvania Research CorporationFrequency-Independent phased-array antenna
US5327147 *Jul 24, 1992Jul 5, 1994Alcatel EspaceMicrowave array antenna having sources of different widths
US6677913 *Jun 19, 2002Jan 13, 2004The Regents Of The University Of CaliforniaLog-periodic antenna
US8279118 *Sep 30, 2009Oct 2, 2012The United States Of America As Represented By The Secretary Of The NavyAperiodic antenna array
US20110074630 *Sep 30, 2009Mar 31, 2011Snow Jeffrey MAperiodic Antenna Array
U.S. Classification343/792.5, 342/375, 343/817
International ClassificationH01Q11/10, H01Q11/00
Cooperative ClassificationH01Q11/10
European ClassificationH01Q11/10