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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2012, Article ID 193913, 15 pages
Research Article

New Polarization Basis for Polarimetric Phased Array Weather Radar: Theory and Polarimetric Variables Measurement

School of Electronic Science and Engineering, National University of Defense Technology, De-Ya Road 46, Kai-Fu District, Hunan Province, Changsha 410073, China

Received 22 August 2012; Accepted 15 October 2012

Academic Editor: Francisco Falcone

Copyright © 2012 Jian Dong et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A novel scheme is developed for mitigating measurement biases in agile-beam polarimetric phased array weather radar. Based on the orthogonal Huygens source dual-polarized element model, a polarization measurement basis for planar polarimetric phased array radar (PPAR) is proposed. The proposed polarization basis is orthogonal to itself after a 90° rotation along the array’s broadside and can well measure the characteristics of dual-polarized element. With polarimetric measurements being undertaken in this polarization basis, the measurement biases caused by the unsymmetrical projections of dual-polarized element’s fields onto the local horizontal and vertical directions of radiated beam can be mitigated. Polarimetric variables for precipitation estimation and classification are derived from the scattering covariance matrix in horizontal and vertical polarization basis. In addition, the estimates of these parameters based on the time series data acquired with the new polarization basis are also investigated. Finally, autocorrelation methods for both the alternate transmission and simultaneous reception mode and the simultaneous transmission and simultaneous reception mode are developed.