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maxwell
 Post subject: Near-Far Field
Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 12:25 pm 
 
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Hey there is a great article linked from the RF Cafe home page on near-field vs. far-field. Definitely worth reading. Good find Kurt.

... :smt023 Maxwell


 
   
 
UWB_antenna_guy
 Post subject: Re: Near-Far Field
Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 5:20 pm 
 
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maxwell wrote:
Hey there is a great article linked from the RF Cafe home page on near-field vs. far-field. Definitely worth reading. Good find Kurt.

... :smt023 Maxwell

a link would be nice. Couldn't find the article on the main page


 
   
 
Kirt Blattenberger
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Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2005 9:28 pm 
 
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Greetings UWB_antenna_guy:

The article is titled, "The World of the Near Fied," and the link to it is in the Recent Additions list in the right column. The link is replicated here so you don't have to go back to the homepage to get to it. I will be adding a calculator page for obtaining the three near field boundary distances given in the article.

http://www.evaluationengineering.com/ar ... _world.asp

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Graham
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Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 6:44 am 
 
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Excellent article. For me, its a setback. I always knew to get the probes more than a couple of wavelengths away from the antenna, or more than about 4 antenna dimensions away, whichever was the larger.

That is such a gross rule of thumb, especially in the face of all the graphs this author uses.

The concept explanations originally taught to me about how the energy storage near fields were different in nature to the one that radiates at the speed of light, left a bit to be desired. Here is where I just had to put my faith in the formulae out of the books, without *really* understanding.


 
   
 
sag
 Post subject: near field for parabolic antennas
Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 10:23 am 
Hay all,

If we are on the subject of near field, how would you define the

near field of a parabolic dish? I mean if you take a 10ft dish operating

at 5GHz you'll get a very large near field area by using the standard rules.

So do you use the dish size to evaluate the far field or you use

the feed size and thus get that the dish is actualy at the far

field of the feed?


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