Antenna performance predictions of a radio telescope subject to thermal perturbations
Author(s)Doyle, Keith B.
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Antenna performance predictions and calibration times are estimated on a 37 m diameter radio telescope subject to thermal perturbations. The telescope is designed to operate at frequencies up to 325 GHz with a one-way performance requirement of 1 dB loss in gain accounting for fabrication, alignment, gravity and thermal errors. Thermal gradients acting over the antenna structure due to diurnal air temperature variations are a significant contributor to degradations in antenna performance. Integrated thermal-structural-optical analyses were performed to predict antenna performance as a function of the diurnal variations. Based on the results, design requirements were imposed on the radome thermal control system and the rate of calibration of the hexapod mounted subreflector.
Proceedings of SPIE--the International Society for Optical Engineering; v.7427
The International Society for Optical Engineering
Doyle, Keith B. “Antenna performance predictions of a radio telescope subject to thermal perturbations.” Optical Modeling and Performance Predictions IV. Ed. Mark A. Kahan. San Diego, CA, USA: SPIE, 2009. 74270D-9. © 2009 SPIE--The International Society for Optical Engineering
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