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Multi-purpose Configurable Range for Antenna Testing Up To 220 GHz*



David R. Novotny, Michael H. Francis, Ronald C. Wittmann, Josh Gordon, Jeffrey R. Guerrieri, Alexandra Curtin


NIST has developed a multi-purpose test range for performing several types of antenna testing including spherical, cylindrical and planar near-field scanning as well as extrapolation measurements. This range uses a commercial, offthe- shelf, six-axis robot and a laser tracker to accomplish highly accurate positioning that allow scanning up to 220 GHz. Nearfield measurements require positioning accuracies of the order of 0.01 to 0.02 wavelengths. We have evaluated the positioning capability of the robot and performed spherical near-field measurements at 183 GHz. We have performed spherical farfield and extrapolation measurements at 112 – 125 GHz. In addition, position data is acquired continuously using the laser tracker, which allows us to compensate for position error in software. We report on the results of these measurements.
Proceedings Title
10th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation Proceedings
Conference Dates
April 11-15, 2016
Conference Location
Davos, CH


extrapolation measurements, millimeter-wave antenna measurements, multi-frequency measurements, near-field measurements.antenna measurements, multi-frequency measurements, nearfield


Novotny, D. , Francis, M. , Wittmann, R. , Gordon, J. , Guerrieri, J. and Curtin, A. (2016), Multi-purpose Configurable Range for Antenna Testing Up To 220 GHz*, 10th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation Proceedings, Davos, CH, [online], (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created April 9, 2016, Updated April 12, 2022