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Antenna Parameter Measurement by Near-Field Techniques Short Course


Transfer near-field technology to industry and other agencies.

This course is designed for engineers and scientists concerned with the accurate measurement of antenna parameters. Major emphasis will be placed on the theory of near-field antenna-antenna interactions, applications to near-field scanning on planar, cylindrical, and spherical surfaces, and the computation of desired antenna characteristics from near-field data. Comparisons will be made of the planar, cylindrical, and spherical scanning methods, and the advantages and disadvantages of each will be discussed. In addition, the extrapolation method of determining absolute gain and polarization will be treated and probe pattern measurements discussed.

The attendee should have a background equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in engineering or physics.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014
  • Intro. to Antenna and Microwave Measurements
  • Intro. to Planar Near-Field Theory
  • Polarization - Theory and Measurements
  • Probe Characterization

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

  • Planar Near-Field Theory
  • Planar Near-Field Measurements (including probe-position correction)
  • Cylindrical Near-Field Theory
  • In-depth Lab Tour including NIST near-field robotic range

Thursday, September 11, 2014

  • Spherical Near-Field Theory (including imaging)
  • Uncertainty Analysis
  • Spherical and Cylindrical Near-Field Measurements
  • Wrap-up and Discussion

Security Instructions:

Boulder Labs Security
U.S. CITIZENS & Permanent U.S. Residents:
Upon arrival at NIST, U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents (green card holders) are required to register at the Visitor Center. You must present a government issued picture identification (driver's license, passport, etc.). NOTE: Permanent U.S. residents also need to present their original green card.
In addition to presenting your passport at the Visitor Center upon arrival, you must submit additional information to notify the security personnel of your visit ahead of. This web link, NIST-1260, will direct you to the proper form. Please complete the top portion of the form listed below and fax directly to Teresa Vicente at 301-948-2067.  Please do not submit your form by email.
This information is required by NIST's parent agency, the Department of Commerce. The information must be provided no later than one week prior to the start of the meeting, or access to the site may be denied.
For questions regarding this security policy, please contact Michael Chandler at; phone: 301-975-3305.  



September 9th:

  • Carl Stubenrauch (Intro. to Antenna and Microwave Measurements)
  • Allen Newell (Intro. to Planar Near-Field Theory; Polarization Measurements)
  • Michael Francis (Probe Characterization)

September 10th:

  • Ron Wittmann (Planar Near-Field Theory)
  • Jeffrey Guerrieri (Planar Near-Field Measurements I)
  • Michael Francis (Planar Near-Field Measurements II)
  • Carl Stubenrauch (Cylindrical Near-Field Theory)
  • Lab Tour

September 11th

  • Ron Wittmann (Spherical Near-Field Theory)
  • Michael Francis (Uncertainty Analysis)
  • Carl Stubenrauch (Spherical and Cylindrical Near-Field Measurements)
  • Discussion


Start Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
End Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Location: NIST Boulder
Audience: Industry, Academia, Other
Format: Workshop


On-line Registration (URL is case sensitive):

Fax: registration form along with proof of payment to 301-975-8943

Mail: registration form along with registration fee to:
NIST - Laura McLarney
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1624
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1624 USA
Phone: 301-975-2698
Fax: 301-975-8943
Course Check-in:
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Course Registration Fee:
$1655 (fee includes lecture materials)

Non U.S. Citizens: September 1, 2014
U.S. Citizens: September 1, 2014

Cancellation and Refund Requests:
must be received in writing by August 9, 2014

Additional visitor information is located at:  

Registration Contact:

Teresa Vincente, NIST
100 Bureau Drive, Mailstop 1070
Gaithersburg, MD 20899
Phone: 301-975-3883 / Fax: 301-948-2067


A limited number of rooms are being held at the Best Western Boulder Inn. Reservations should be made early in order to ensure space. Requests received after August 7, 2014 will be filled on a space available basis. The course registration does not include your hotel reservation.

Best Western Boulder Inn
770 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 303-449-3800 or 800-233-8469
Fax: 303-402-9118
Rate: $119 + tax, single/double
Includes hotel's deluxe continental breakfast and free wireless internet
Online reservations may be made at:
Please mention "NIST" for group rate

Additional hotels:

Technical Contact:

Michael H. Francis
RF Fields Group
NIST, Electromagnetics Division
325 Broadway, Mailstop 818.02
Boulder, CO 80305
Phone: 303-497-5873 / Fax: 303-497-7534