70% of published papers are a waste of time.

Most published antenna related articles are a waste of time when it comes to verifying the findings. When confronted with an unfamiliar antenna the first step is to find reliable published research and the problem is not finding papers. It’s like doing a Google search with a popular key phrase and trying to get the information you’re actually looking for. I remember a while ago one of our engineers was struggling with an antenna and in desperation he cried out and threw his hands in the air. Immediately the Marketing guy (that being me) said, “why don’t you just use Antenna Magus?”. Everyone in the office burst out laughing because he was busy working on a new antenna that still needed to be implemented.

Very few articles contain sufficient information in order to reproduce new findings. Surprisingly these are all papers that have been peer reviewed (sort of like an engineering stamp of approval) but most of them lack critical information like a physical parameter or material property or measurement distance. I’ve often wondered if it’s due to the authors negligence or is it done on purpose?

Here’s an example of an excellent reference article found by one of our engineers while implementing the Rectangular Capacitive-disc-fed Patch (which should be in version 2.1) G. Mayhew-Ridgers, J.W. Odendaal, and J. Joubert, “Efficient full-wave modeling of patch antenna arrays with new single-layer capacitive feed probes,” IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Vol 53, No. 10, 2005, pp. 3219-3228.

It took him 10 minutes to figure out how to design and model the reference antenna design and reproduced the results in less than an hour.

Fortunately for our users Antenna Magus has all good published references listed in each antennas information document.

Looking for the needle in the haystack.

Looking for the needle in the haystack.

Author: Robert Kellerman

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