reflectarrays optimization space communication shaped-beam generalized intersection approach
Direct-to-home (DTH) applications usually require a radiation pattern with a given footprint on the surface of the Earth. They also impose stringent cross-polarization requirements in the form of crosspolar discrimination (XPD) or crosspolar isolation in a given bandwidth. This paper describes a multi-frequency wideband optimization procedure and performance results of a very large spaceborne reflectarray for DTH application in a 10% bandwidth. The proposed design methodology is based on the generalized intersection approach and the use of a multi-resonant unit cell with multiple degrees of freedom (DoF). The procedure is divided into three stages to facilitate convergence towards a wideband performance. First, a initial narrowband design at central frequency is obtained. Then, a broadband optimization including XPD requirements is carried out with a limited number of DoF. Finally, more DoF are included in the last stage optimization to obtain a wideband reflectarray with improved cross-polarization performance. A minimum improvement of 4.8 dB is achieved in the cross-polarization performance for both XPD and XPI in a 10% bandwidth, while ensuring that the copolar pattern complies with the specifications in the whole band.
European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) (14th. 2020. Copenhagen)
This work was supported in part by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades under the project TEC2017-86619-R (ARTEINE); by the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad under the project TEC2016-75103-C2-1-R (MYRADA); by the Gobierno del Principado de Asturias/FEDER under the project GRUPIN-IDI/2018/000191; by the Gobierno del Principado de Asturias through the Programa “Clarín” de Ayudas Postdoctorales/Marie Curie COFUND under the project ACA17-09; and by Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte/Programa de Movilidad “Salvador de Madariaga” (Ref. PRX18/00424).