J. O. Coleman

Uniform circular array pattern synthesis using second-order cone programming
W. Mark Dorsey, Jeffrey O. Coleman, and William R. Pickles
Here we formulate second-order cone programs (SOCPs) for synthesizing complex weights for far-field directional (single-point mainbeam) patterns for narrowband arrays. These formulations, while constructed here with the uniform circular array (UCA) in mind, are actually quite general in that they control the arbitrary-pol sidelobe level (SLL) and co-pol SNR loss relative to ideal by minimizing either while upper-bounding the other. The SLL can be addressed in either an L-infinity sense or an L1 sense, and elements are assumed characterized by individual embedded complex patterns, modeled or measured, and so need not be identical. Conformal arrays are the obvious application, but we leave that for others and here instead apply the SOCPs to uniform circular arrays of directional elements. Design examples assume an antipodal Vivaldi element design with an embedded element pattern obtained through simulation using appropriate unit-cell boundary conditions. Rotation and translation of that simulated pattern provides embedded element patterns for all elements of the circular array.
authors' preprint (1.3Mb)
at IEEE Xplore
Published in IET Microwaves, Antennas, and Propagation, June 2015, vol. 9, no. 8, pp. 723-727.
July 2015.