Hertzian Dipole Antenna

Hertzian Dipole Antenna.

In the previous lecture, we discussed the fundamental sourcefield relationship that can be used to calculate the `E and `H fields produced by sinusoidal steady state line currents. In this process, we first compute the phasor vector magnetic potential

where R = |r – r| , then compute the phasor magnetic field as

Using Ampere’s law, we determine the phasor electric field

What might be surprising to you is that one of the most difficult challenges an antenna designer faces is determining the current distribution `I (`r) on a particular antenna. This is often a complicated problem and usually the only accurate solution is to use computational electromagnetics methods. There is a famous class of straight wire antenna that has an accurate approximate solution for the form of the current on the antenna. This class of antenna is known as a thin-wire dipole antenna:

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It is infinitesimally short with a uniform current distribution. Because

then for sinusoidal steady state this means that I = jbQ. The ends of this short antenna are capacitively loaded by small metallic spheres or disks to create a current that is approximately uniform along its length in Without the capacitive loading the current would be approximately triangularly shaped with a maximum value at the center of the antenna and linearly decreasing to zero at both ends, as illustrated in

`A for a Hertzian Dipole Antenna
Following the procedure described at the beginning of page 1, we’ll now determine the `E and `H fields produced (i.e., “radiated”) by the Hertzian dipole antenna. This three-step process begins with the calculation of `A from (1)

The current `I(`r) is that for the Hertzian dipole antenna, which we will assume is located at the center of a spherical coordinate system:

Substituting for this assumed uniform current into (1) gives

Because this antenna is infinitesimally short then R is approximately constant over the entire range integration. Consequently, the integral in (4) can be performed trivially leading to

(Notice that R has now become r.) So we now have completed the first step and have obtained an analytical expression for `A. The next step is the calculation of `H . Because of the spherical symmetry of the dipole antenna, we’ll use the spherical coordinate system to simply the mathematics. We can convert `A in (5) to spherical vector components quite easily by using the relationship
az= ar, cosq –aq sin q


`H for a Hertzian Dipole Antenna
Now that we have successfully determined `A produced by the Hertzian dipole antenna, we can now determine the `E and `H fields, beginning with `H . As we saw in (2)

Because of the ¶ symmetry, ¶/¶¶ ®0 which, using the determinant form of curl in the spherical coordinate system, gives

such that

• Using

• Using

Consequently, using we find `H to be

Factoring out ( jb)2 = -b2 from both terms in (14) we arrive at the final form of the magnetic field produced (or “radiated”) by the Hertzian dipole antenna

E for a Hertzian Dipole Antenna
Now that H has been determined, we can solve for the E field produced by this Hertzian dipole antenna according to (3). Using the determinant form of curl in the spherical coordinate system

Such that

Substituting for H from (15) into (16), and simplifying, gives

So, this concludes the calculation of the `E and `H fields produced (or “radiated”) by the Hertzian dipole antenna. There is a wealth of information contained in these field solutions for `E in (17)-(20) and `H in (15) that we will carefully pick through in the next lecture.