System object: phased.ULA
Plot ULA array directivity or pattern versus elevation
PAT = patternElevation(___)
the 2-D array directivity pattern versus elevation (in dBi) for the
sArray at zero degrees azimuth angle. When
a vector, multiple overlaid plots are created. The argument
the operating frequency.
in addition, plots the 2-D element directivity pattern versus elevation
(in dBi) at the azimuth angle specified by
AZ is a vector, multiple overlaid plots
the array pattern.
PAT = patternElevation(___)
PAT is a matrix whose entries
represent the pattern at corresponding sampling points specified by
'Elevation' parameter and the
sArray— Uniform linear array
Uniform linear array, specified as a
comma-separated pairs of
the argument name and
Value is the corresponding value.
Name must appear inside quotes. You can specify several name and value
pair arguments in any order as
Create a 6-element ULA of short-dipole antenna elements with element spacing of 10 cm. Plot an elevation cut of directivity at 0 and 90 degrees azimuth. Assume the operating frequency is 500 MHz.
fc = 500e6; c = physconst('LightSpeed'); sSD = phased.ShortDipoleAntennaElement('FrequencyRange',[100,900]*1e6); sULA = phased.ULA('NumElements',6,'ElementSpacing',0.1,'Element',sSD); patternElevation(sULA,fc,[0 90],'PropagationSpeed',c)
You can plot a smaller range of elevation angles by setting the
Directivity describes the directionality of the radiation pattern of a sensor element or array of sensor elements.
Higher directivity is desired when you want to transmit more radiation in a specific direction. Directivity is the ratio of the transmitted radiant intensity in a specified direction to the radiant intensity transmitted by an isotropic radiator with the same total transmitted power
where Urad(θ,φ) is the radiant intensity of a transmitter in the direction (θ,φ) and Ptotal is the total power transmitted by an isotropic radiator. For a receiving element or array, directivity measures the sensitivity toward radiation arriving from a specific direction. The principle of reciprocity shows that the directivity of an element or array used for reception equals the directivity of the same element or array used for transmission. When converted to decibels, the directivity is denoted as dBi. For information on directivity, read the notes on Element Directivity and Array Directivity.
Computing directivity requires integrating the far-field transmitted radiant intensity over all directions in space to obtain the total transmitted power. There is a difference between how that integration is performed when Antenna Toolbox™ antennas are used in a phased array and when Phased Array System Toolbox antennas are used. When an array contains Antenna Toolbox antennas, the directivity computation is performed using a triangular mesh created from 500 regularly spaced points over a sphere. For Phased Array System Toolbox antennas, the integration uses a uniform rectangular mesh of points spaced 1° apart in azimuth and elevation over a sphere. There may be significant differences in computed directivity, especially for large arrays.