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... or some variation of that ( I originally tried $ D = \lambda/2 , with little effect). This assumes the spacing $ L >> \lambda $, a sparse array, so that the antennas do not couple (much). ... or some variation of that ( I originally tried $ D = \lambda/2 $ , with little effect). This assumes the spacing $ L >> \lambda $, a sparse array, so that the antennas do not couple (much).

Array Phasing

When we randomly dither the position of the emitters in a 3 dimensional phased array, it smears out the grating lobes. I am looking for a better function.

A position dither function to try:

D = L/2

k = 2 \pi / N * L

\Delta x = D * ( \sin( k z ) + \cos( k y ) )

\Delta y = D * ( \sin( k x ) + \cos( k z ) )

\Delta z = D * ( \sin( k y ) + \cos( k x ) )

... or some variation of that ( I originally tried D = \lambda/2 , with little effect). This assumes the spacing L >> \lambda , a sparse array, so that the antennas do not couple (much). Try scaling D and k, and also modifying amplitudes across the array like a Hamming window, and see how that changes the sidelobes.

This happens on top of the array of perhaps hundreds of emitters on the thinsat itself, which beamforms to a few degrees of angle, reducing power splattered far from the target.

The signal is broadband, so there is not a well defined \lambda . We may end up making k a function of x, y, and z as well.

There will probably be stiff competition for spacing functions, perhaps some trolls will take out patents on them, and in the current US patent climate, with

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ArrayPhasing (last edited 2021-06-08 17:57:55 by KeithLofstrom)