Modern Electronic and Digital Scanned Array Antennas

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Modern Electronic and Digital Scanned Array Antennas

Course Description

The Modern Electronic and Digital Scanned Array Antennas course provides an in-depth understanding of the physics and implementation of a wide range of array antennas. You will learn about the basics of array theory, simulation approaches, the impact of real-world errors and methods for array calibration, system-level impacts including bandwidth and subarraying, component technologies and their functions and uses, emerging digital techniques and their benefits, and the implementation of digital hardware.

Due to minimum enrollment requirements to hold a course, we ask that you register as early as possible. View our terms and conditions for further information. If you have specific questions or requirements, please contact the course administrator. 

Course Content


  • Linear and planar arrays
  • Directivity pattern synthesis and impacts of errors
  • Pattern Synthesis and Grating Lobe software demos (software provided to the students)


  • Frequency bandwidth and subarraying
  • Array Antenna Directivity pattern measurements
  • Alignment and calibration
  • RF chain analyses including noise figure and IP3
  • Cost considerations


  • Beamformers, analog, and digital
  • T/R module components including LNAs and PAs
  • Control components including attenuators, phase shifters, and time delay units
  • Radiators and radomes (with a brief discussion on radar cross section)
  • Scanning arrays without phase shifters


  • Digital beamforming arrays
  • Sidelobe cancellation and adaptive methods (including a software demo)
  • Adaptive beamforming architectures
  • Digital techniques for angle estimation
Requirements & Materials
Important Information

This course requires completion of an access eligibility form. Please make sure you read the Course Restrictions section below before registering for this course. 



  • Book of the printed course slides
  • CD or DVD of course material including all software demos


Course Restrictions

This course is restricted to US citizens who are industrial and/or government employees and complete the Access Eligibility Form. Eligibility questions should be directed to 404-407-6661. Attendees must fax the Access Eligibility Form to 404-407-8691 or

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for a range of potential project personnel including system and subsystem engineers and developers, program managers, and technicians. The course will include examples of array systems and component examples for radar, electronic warfare, signal collection, and communications applications.

What You Will Learn

  • An introduction to array theory and array directivity pattern calculation
  • Analog component technologies, errors, and calibration methods
  • Issues with system integration and implementation
  • Digital beam forming (DBF) theory, benefits, and implementation
  • Adaptive DBF and angle estimation techniques

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand array theory and why we choose different array architectures.
  • Learn the availability, use of, and issues associated with analog array components.
  • Explore system-dependent issues and learn the trade space among different approaches.
  • Understand Digital Beam Forming (DBF) concepts.
  • Get insight into the advanced capabilities offered by DBF arrays.
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