Low Cost Compact Electronically Scanned Millimeter Wave Lens And Method
Rausch, Ekkehart O.
Peterson, Andrew F.
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A low cost, compact, electronically scanned millimeter wave (MMW) lens enables the projection of a highly directional beam of Ka band millimeter wave (MMW) electromagnetic energy, while eliminating the need for mechanical movement of the lens. The present invention allows for the economical production and operation of the lens in the Ka and higher frequency ranges by exploiting waveguide technology. The waveguides of the present invention are tapered longitudinally resulting in a wider portion of the waveguide in electromagnetic communication with an interior cavity of the lens. The waveguide taper improves impedance matching between the waveguides and the lens cavity. The waveguides also include symmetric power dividers, located longitudinally within the waveguide aperture, ensuring port widths below ?g /2, thus, reducing or eliminating unwanted mode components which reduces sidelobe energy. This results in a low loss, low sidelobe steerable beam of MMW energy.
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