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Convert global to local coordinates


lclCoord = global2localcoord(gCoord, OPTION)
gCoord = global2localcoord(___,localOrigin)
gCoord = global2localcoord(___,localAxes)


lclCoord = global2localcoord(gCoord, OPTION) converts global coordinates gCoord to local coordinates lclCoord. OPTION determines the type of global-to-local coordinate transformation. In this syntax, the global coordinate origin is located at (0,0,0) and the coordinate axes are the unit vectors in the x, y, and z directions.

gCoord = global2localcoord(___,localOrigin) specifies the origin of the local coordinate system, localOrigin.

gCoord = global2localcoord(___,localAxes) specifies the axes of the local coordinate system, localAxes.

Input Arguments


Global coordinates in rectangular or spherical coordinate, specified as a 3-by-N matrix. Each column represents one set of global coordinates.

If the coordinates are in rectangular form, each column contains the (x,y,z) components. Units are in meters.

If the coordinates are in spherical form, each column contains (az,el,r) components. az is the azimuth angle in degrees, el is the elevation angle in degrees, and r is the radius in meters.

The origin of the global coordinate system is assumed to be located at (0, 0, 0). The global system axes are the standard unit basis vectors in three-dimensional space, (1, 0, 0), (0, 1, 0), and (0, 0, 1).


Type of coordinate transformation, specified as a character vector. Valid types are

'rr'Global rectangular to local rectangular
'rs'Global rectangular to local spherical
'sr'Global spherical to local rectangular
'ss'Global spherical to local spherical


Origin of local coordinate system, specified as a 3-by-N matrix containing the rectangular coordinates of the local coordinate system origin with respect to the global coordinate system. N must match the number of columns of gCoord. Each column represents a separate origin. However, you can specify localOrigin as a 3-by-1 vector. In this case, localOrigin is expanded into a 3-by-N matrix with identical columns.

Default: [0;0;0]


Axes of local coordinate system, specified as a 3-by-3-by-N array. Each page contains a 3-by-3 matrix representing a different local coordinate system axes. The columns of the 3-by-3 matrices specify the local x, y, and z axes in rectangular form with respect to the global coordinate system. However, you can specify localAxes as a single 3-by-3 matrix. In this case, localAxes is expanded into a 3-by-3-by-N array with identical 3-by-3 matrices. The default is the identity matrix.

Default: [1 0 0;0 1 0;0 0 1]

Output Arguments


Local coordinates in rectangular or spherical coordinate form, returned as a 3-by-N matrix. The dimensions of lclCoord match the dimensions of gCoord.


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Convert global rectangular coordinates, (0,1,0), to local rectangular coordinates. The local coordinate origin is (1,1,1).

lclCoord = global2localcoord([0;1;0],'rr',[1;1;1])
lclCoord = 3×1


Convert global spherical coordinates to local rectangular coordinates.

lclCoord = global2localcoord([45;45;50],'sr',[50;50;50])
lclCoord = 3×1


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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.


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 and elevation angles of a direction vector.


[1] Foley, J. D., A. van Dam, S. K. Feiner, and J. F. Hughes. Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice in C, 2nd Ed. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1995.

Extended Capabilities

Introduced in R2011a