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Radiation Patterns of Unintentional Antennas: Estimates, Simulations, and Measurements

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Author(s)

Perry F. Wilson

Abstract

Electronic devices designed for purposes other than transmitting and receiving electromagnetic fields nonetheless act as unintentional antennas. Measurement methods are needed to characterize these antennas for electromagnetic compatibility tests; however, the rigor of precision antenna measurements is typically too costly and time consuming for electromagnetic compatibility applications. Alternate approaches are needed. This paper presents analytical estimates for the directivity of unintentional antennas based on the assumption that unintentional antennas will only randomly (and not coherently) excite the available propagating spherical modes at a given frequency. This directivity estimate is then compared to simulated and measured data. Good agreement is shown. Directivity estimates combined with simple total radiated power measurements represent a useful alternative to direct antenna measurements for electromagnetic compatibility tests.
Proceedings Title
Proc. of the 2010 Asia-Pacific Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility
Conference Dates
April 12-16, 2010
Conference Location
Beijing
Conference Title
2010 Asia-Pacific Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility

Keywords

antenna measurements, directivity, random sources, unintentional antennas

Citation

Wilson, P. (2010), Radiation Patterns of Unintentional Antennas: Estimates, Simulations, and Measurements, Proc. of the 2010 Asia-Pacific Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, Beijing, -1, [online], https://doi.org/10.1109/APEMC.2010.5475702 (Accessed June 23, 2024)

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Created April 12, 2010, Updated November 10, 2018