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Luneburg Antenna

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The Luneburg Antenna

Luneburg lens is a new generation of antennas that has been developed since first being proposed in 1944. In the last few years it has developed applications in Microwaves, Communications and Telescopes area. 

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The Luneburg lens is a spherical lens generally having a gradient of decreasing refractive index radially out from its center. The focusing properties of the Luneburg lens can be achieved through an infinite number of refractive-index solutions.

Applications

SKA. Proposals utilising multiple arrays with ultra-broadband capability and wide viewing in the microwave radio spectrum are proposed. 

Arecibo. A Luneburg antenna lens configured as a Retroreflector (developed by the CSIRO) is configured a subreflector feedpoint as a replacement for the 430Mhz line feed at Arecibo.

Reference

[1] Rudolf K. Luneburg, Mathematical Theory of Optics. Providence, RI :Brown Unit, Press, Providence, RI, 1944, pp.189-213.