An Empirical Loss Model for an Additively Manufactured Luneburg Lens Antenna
The Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Journal
This research applies Effective Medium Theory and 3D Finite Element Analysis to model the transmissive loss through a waveguide fed additively manufactured Luneburg lens. New results are presented that provide rational function approximations for accurately modeling the aperture, beam, and radiation loss factors of the antenna. It introduces a normalized loss tangent and shows that the loss factors are dependent on the product of this parameter and the lens radius. Applying the constraint that the main beam of the radiation pattern contains 50% of accepted power, a maximum useful radius is tabulated for common polymers used in additive manufacturing.
This article was originally published in The Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Journal. The version of record is available at: https://doi.org/10.13052/2022.ACES.J.370505
additive manufacturing, dielectric loss, effective medium theory, lens antenna, luneburg lens
LaRocca, B. F. ., & Mirotznik, M. S. . (2022). An Empirical Loss Model for an Additively Manufactured Luneburg Lens Antenna. The Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Journal (ACES), 37(05), 554–567. https://doi.org/10.13052/2022.ACES.J.370505