Reflector antennas are widely used in the microwave and millimeter wavelength domain. Radio astronomers have developed techniques of calibration of large antennas with radio astronomical methods. These have not been comprehensively described. This text aims to fill this gap. The Paraboloidal Reflector Antenna in Radio Astronomy and Communication: Theory and Practice takes a practical approach to the characterization of antennas. All calculations and results in the form of tables and figures have been made with Mathematica by Wolfram Research. The reader can use the procedures for the implementation of his/her own input data.
From the reviews: "The book is physically attractive. Many of the radio telescopes under discussion are pictured in full color ! . Mathematica routines used to compute the examples, and a CD-ROM with the routines ! accompanies the book. ! Overall, Baars's text is a valuable addition to the literature on large reflector antennas. As an encyclopedia of modern, very large paraboloidal antennas, it has no equal, and the existing state of the art is well documented therein. ! I believe it will become a standard reference." (George Swenson, Physics Today, July, 2008)
Introduction and Historical Development.- Geometry of Reflector Antennas.- Electromagnetic Theory of the Reflector Antenna.- Antenna beam characteristics in Practical Applications.- Interaction of the Antenna with the Radiation Source.-Measurement of Antenna Parameters.- Miscellaneous Subjects.- Design Features of Some Radio Telescopes.
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After a three year stint at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in the sixties, where the basis for the book was already laid, he participated in the design, construction, commissioning and operation of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope. Upon moving to the Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie in Bonn in 1975, Baars was project manager for two highly successful millimeter wave radio telescopes -- the IRAM mm-telescope on Pico Veleta, Spain and the Heinrich Hertz Telescope on Mt. Graham, Arizona, USA. Since 1999. He has been with the European Southern Observatory in Garching, participating with different tasks in the ALMA Project, in particular the evaluation of two prototype submillimeter radio telescopes.