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When you want to explicitly study the effects of polarization
in a radar or communication system, you need to specify an antenna
that can generate polarized radiation. One such antenna is the short-dipole
antenna, created by using the `phased.ShortDipoleAntennaElement`

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The simplest polarized antenna is the dipole antenna which consist
of a split length of wire coupled at the middle to a coaxial cable.
The simplest dipole, from a mathematical perspective, is the *Hertzian* dipole,
in which the length of wire is much shorter than a wavelength. A diagram
of the short dipole antenna of length *L* appears
in the next figure. This antenna is fed by a coaxial feed which splits
into two equal length wires of length *L/2*. The
current, *I*, moves along the *z*-axis
and is assumed to be the same at all points in the wire.

The electric field in the far field has the form

$$\begin{array}{l}{E}_{r}=0\\ {E}_{H}=0\\ {E}_{V}=-\frac{i{Z}_{0}IL}{2\lambda}\mathrm{cos}\text{el}\text{\hspace{0.22em}}\frac{{e}^{-ikr}}{r}\end{array}$$

The next example computes the vertical and horizontal polarization components of the field. The vertical component is a function of elevation angle and is axially symmetric. The horizontal component vanishes everywhere.

Compute the vertical and horizontal polarization components of the field created by a short-dipole antenna pointed along the *z*-direction. Plot the components as a function of elevation angle from 0° to 360°.

**Note:** This example runs only in R2016b or later. If you are using an earlier release, replace each call to the function with the equivalent `step`

syntax. For example, replace `myObject(x)`

with `step(myObject,x)`

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Create the `phased.ShortDipoleAntennaElement`

System object™.

antenna = phased.ShortDipoleAntennaElement(... 'FrequencyRange',[1,2]*1e9,'AxisDirection','Z');

Compute the antenna response. Because the elevation angle argument to `antenna`

is restricted to ±90°, compute the responses for 0° azimuth and then for 180° azimuth. Combine the two responses in the plot. The operating frequency of the antenna is 1.5 GHz.

el = [-90:90]; az = zeros(size(el)); fc = 1.5e9; resp = antenna(fc,[az;el]); az = 180.0*ones(size(el)); resp1 = antenna(fc,[az;el]);

Overlay the responses in the same figure.

figure(1) subplot(121) polar(el*pi/180.0,abs(resp.V.'),'b') hold on polar((el+180)*pi/180.0,abs(resp1.V.'),'b') str = sprintf('%s\n%s','Vertical Polarization','vs Elevation Angle'); title(str) hold off subplot(122) polar(el*pi/180.0,abs(resp.H.'),'b') hold on polar((el+180)*pi/180.0,abs(resp1.H.'),'b') str = sprintf('%s\n%s','Horizontal Polarization','vs Elevation Angle'); title(str) hold off

The plot shows that the horizontal component vanishes, as expected.