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Advanced Spherical Near-Field Antenna Measuremnt Techniques

Spherical Near-Field Antenna Measurements constitutes the most accurate technique for experimental characterization of radiation from antennas – and it forms the basis for the operation of the DTU-ESA Spherical Near-Field Antenna Test Facility.  This is an external reference laboratory for the European Space Agency (ESA) which is operated by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) for high-accuracy measurements and calibrations of spacecraft antennas.  The technique is a strong combination of advanced theory - on electromagnetics, mathematics, antennas, and microwave technology - and advanced experimental work with high precision instrumentation in a radio anechoic chamber. In this course, the participants will acquire a theoretical understanding of spherical near-field measurements as well as a practical experience in performing such measurements.  The course involves lectures, several practical exercises, student presentations, and a multiple-choice exam.

Course schedule: The work load is about 45 hrs. with preparatory literature study prior to the course and full-day activities during the course.
Prerequisites:  The course is aimed at students holding a M.Sc. degree and having strong qualifications in electromagnetics, mathematics, antennas and microwave technology.
Availability: Due to extensive laboratory work in the anechoic chamber of the DTU-ESA Facility, the number of course participants is limited to 12; selection will be made on basis of qualifications.
Additional Info: The course work load corresponds to 1.5 ECTS points.

How to reach: DTU is located in Kgs. Lyngby 10 km North of Copenhagen, Denmark.  For directions, please see DTU's homepage:
Accommodation:  Accomodation is not included in the course fee.  Information on accomodation will be distributed by email to the course participants.
Further Information:  Please contact course coordinator, professor Olav Breinbjerg ( and/or see the DTU-ESA Facility homepage:

Teachers: Professor Olav Breinbjerg, Associate Professor Sergey Pivnenko, Research Engineer Jeppe M. Nielsen. 

Registration:  Registration is done in this homepage (see below) and - at the same time - by sending an email to Olav Breinbjerg ( including a CV.  Registrations are accepted until April 26, 2015 and all registered persons will be informed by May 4th about the result of the selection process.  The selected course participants will afterwards receive emails on accomodation, payment, transportation, course plan, etc. by emails.

Location: DTU - Copenhagen
Date: 29/06/2015 - 03/07/2015
Contact Person:    Olav Breinbjerg      E-mail:
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