Abstract

Radio frequency interference has become a large problem to radio astronomers. This thesis proposes the idea that radio frequency interference can be mitigated using a phased array feed in conjunction with a large reflector. A phased array feed would allow radio astronomers to observe fainter signals than is currently possible, while at the same time enabling rapid sky surveys. A phased array feed was designed and simulated, and sensitivity optimization was performed on the array feed. It was shown that higher sensitivity can be achieved using a 7-element phased array feed than with a conventional waveguide feed. Simulations were ran using RFI mitigation algorithms on the array to show that interference cancellation can, in principle, be performed using a phased array feed. In addition to these simulations, improvements were made to a previously designed RF receiver so that radio astronomy observations could be made and interference mitigation algorithms tested on a receiver platform.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rights

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Date Submitted

2004-03-03

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd340

Keywords

phased array, array feed, interference mitigation, radio astronomy, multiple feed, sensitivity, reflector, radio frequency interference, spillover efficiency, gain

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