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# RADIATION PATTERN An antenna radiation pattern or antenna pattern is defined as “a mathematical function or a graphical representation of the radiation properties

of the antenna as a function of space coordinates

a. field pattern( in linear scale) typically represents a plot of the magnitude of the electric or magnetic field as a function of the angular space. b. power pattern( in linear scale) typically represents a plot of the square of the magnitude of the electric or magnetic field as a function of the angular space. c. power pattern( in dB) represents the magnitude of the electric or magnetic field, in decibels, as a function of the angular space. Radiation Pattern Lobes A radiation lobe is a “portion of the radiation pattern bounded by regions of relatively weak radiation intensity.” A major lobe (also called main beam) is defined as “the radiation lobe containing the direction of maximum radiation.” A minor lobe is any lobe except a major lobe. A side lobe is “a radiation lobe in any direction other than the intended lobe.” (Usually a side lobe is adjacent to the main lobe and occupies the hemisphere in the direction of the mainbeam.) A back lobe is “a radiation lobe whose axis makes an angle of approximately 180◦ with respect to the beam of an antenna.” Usually it refers to a minor lobe that occupies the hemisphere in a direction opposite to that of the major (main) lobe.

Radiation lobes and beamwidths of an antenna pattern. (b) radiating near-field (Fresnel) and (c) far-field (Fraunhofer) regions as shown in Figure Fig.” Radiating near-field (Fresnel) region is defined as “that region of the field of an antenna between the reactive near-field region and the far-field region wherein radiation fields predominate and wherein the angular field distribution is dependent upon the distance from the antenna.Fig. Field Regions The space surrounding an antenna is usually subdivided into three regions: (a) reactive near-field. Field regions of an antenna Reactive near-field region is defined as “that portion of the near-field region immediately surrounding the antenna wherein the reactive field predominates. .

. Typical changes of antenna amplitude pattern shape from reactive near field toward the far field. Fig.Far-field (Fraunhofer) region is defined as “that region of the field of an antenna where the angular field distribution is essentially independent of the distance from the antenna.

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