“The Blake/Long” book is a professional level, introductory text on antenna principles, design, analysis, and measurements. It is especially suitable for persons who wish to improve their knowledge of antenna principles, concept design, performance analyses, and measurements. It is not a cookbook-like catalog for antenna design, nor does its understanding require a familiarity with electromagnetic theory, sophisticated mathematics, or complex computer techniques.The 3rd Edition updates and expands the original text by Lamont Blake, which was prepared at the undergraduate engineering, science, or technology level.
For providing technical depth at the senior and graduate university levels, additions to the original book include a greatly expanded Chapter 7 on ‘Antennas with Special Properties,’ a brand new Chapter 8 on ‘Electronically Steered Arrays,’ and a revised and Chapter 9 on ‘Measurements.’ Also new to this edition are numerous appendices to the updated text and a CD-ROM with sample computer analyses. Reader knowledge assumes familiarity with basic college physics and mathematics.
Computer computations use Mathcad software, which can be read and used by persons without prior computer programming knowledge. The book is therefore suitable for entry-level as well as the more experienced professionals who desire to expand their understanding of and capabilities for antenna principles, analyses, measurements, and design.This title retains the clarity of writing and minimum of required math and theory so that a broad range of readers will benefit. It covers a review of Complex-Variable algebra; Maxwell’s Equations; Far-Zone Range-Approximation and Phase Error; Polarization Theory; Complex Reflection Coefficients and Multipath Effects; Path Length Differences from a Planar Aperture; Radiating near and far fields, and the Obliquity Factor; Radomes; and effects of random aperture phase errors.It includes a brand new chapter on Electronically Steered Arrays, so important to understanding the advances in digital technology as they apply to high-speed electronics and applications in radar and communications today. Problems and Exercises are provided at the end of each chapter for homework or self-study tests of understanding.