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azel2phitheta

Convert angles from azimuth-elevation form to phi-theta form

Description

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PhiTheta = azel2phitheta(AzEl) converts the azimuth/elevation angle pairs to their corresponding phi/theta angle pairs.

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PhiTheta = azel2phitheta(AzEl,RotAx) also specifies the choice of phi-theta angle convention using RotAx.

Examples

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Find the phi-theta representation for 30° azimuth and 10° elevation for the convention where phi is defined from the y-axis to the z-axis, and theta is defined from the x-axis toward the yz-plane.

PhiTheta = azel2phitheta([30;10])
PhiTheta = 2×1

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   31.4749

Find the phi-theta representation for 30° azimuth and 10° elevation for the convention with phi defined from the x-axis to the y-axis, and theta defined from the z-axis toward the xy-plane.

PhiTheta = azel2phitheta([30;10],false)
PhiTheta = 2×1

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Input Arguments

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Azimuth and elevation angles, specified as a two-row matrix. Each column of the matrix represents an angle in degrees, in the form [azimuth; elevation].

Data Types: double

Phi-theta angle convention selection, specified as true or false.

  • If RotAx is true, the phi angle is defined from the y-axis to the z-axis and the theta angle is defined from the x-axis toward the yz-plane.

  • If RotAx is false, the phi angle is defined from the x-axis to the y-axis and the theta angle is defined from the z-axis toward the xy- plane. (see Alternative Definition of Phi and Theta).

Data Types: double

Output Arguments

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Phi and theta angles, returned as a two-row matrix. Each column of the matrix represents an angle in degrees, in the form [phi; theta]. The matrix dimensions of PhiTheta are the same as those of AzEl.

More About

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Azimuth and Elevation Angles

The azimuth angle of a vector is the angle between the x-axis and the orthogonal projection of the vector onto the xy plane. The angle is positive in going from the x axis toward the y axis. Azimuth angles lie between –180 and 180 degrees. The elevation angle is the angle between the vector and its orthogonal projection onto the xy-plane. The angle is positive when going toward the positive z-axis from the xy plane. By default, the boresight direction of an element or array is aligned with the positive x-axis. The boresight direction is the direction of the main lobe of an element or array.

Note

The elevation angle is sometimes defined in the literature as the angle a vector makes with the positive z-axis. The MATLAB® and Phased Array System Toolbox™ products do not use this definition.

This figure illustrates the azimuth angle and elevation angle for a vector shown as a green solid line.

Phi and Theta Angles

The phi angle (φ) is the angle from the positive y-axis to the vector’s orthogonal projection onto the yz plane. The angle is positive toward the positive z-axis. The phi angle is between 0 and 360 degrees. The theta angle (θ) is the angle from the x-axis to the vector itself. The angle is positive toward the yz plane. The theta angle is between 0 and 180 degrees.

The figure illustrates phi and theta for a vector that appears as a green solid line.

The coordinate transformations between φ/θ and az/el are described by the following equations

sinel=sinϕsinθtanaz=cosϕtanθcosθ=coselcosaztanϕ=tanel/sinaz

This transformation applies when RotAx is true.

Alternative Definition of Phi and Theta

The phi angle (φ) is the angle from the positive x-axis to the vector’s orthogonal projection onto the xy plane. The angle is positive toward the positive y-axis. The phi angle is between 0 and 360 degrees. The theta angle (θ) is the angle from the z-axis to the vector itself. The angle is positive toward the xy plane. The theta angle is between 0 and 180 degrees.

The figure illustrates φ and θ for a vector that appears as a green solid line.

ϕ=azθ=90elaz=ϕel=90θ

Extended Capabilities

Introduced in R2012a