Presented herein is the design and construction process in the expansion of BYU's seven-element experimental platform to a nineteen-element platform for phased array feed experiments. The nineteen-element system was deployed at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank West Virginia for use on the Green Bank 20-Meter Telescope. Numerical simulations were performed to determine how sensitivity was affected by electronic beam steering and offset of the phased array feed (PAF) relative to the focal plane of the reflector. These simulated results were then compared to experimental data.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Electrical and Computer Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Waldron, Jacob S., "Nineteen-Element Phased-Array Feed Development and Analysis on Effects of Focal Plane Offset and Beam Steering on Sensitivity" (2008). All Theses and Dissertations. 1532.
phased array feed, focal plane arrays, adaptive beamforming, radio astronomy