# phitheta2azel

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

## Syntax

``AzEl = phitheta2azel(PhiTheta)``
``AzEl = phitheta2azel(PhiTheta,RotAx)``

## Description

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````AzEl = phitheta2azel(PhiTheta)` converts the phi/theta angle pairs to their corresponding azimuth/elevation angle pairs.```

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````AzEl = phitheta2azel(PhiTheta,RotAx)` also specifies the choice of phi-theta angle convention using `RotAx`.```

## Examples

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Find the azimuth-elevation representation for φ = 30° and θ = 0°. Use the phi-theta convention with φ defined from the y-axis to the z-axis, and θ defined from the x-axis toward the yz-plane.

`azel = phitheta2azel([30;10])`
```azel = 2×1 8.6822 4.9809 ```

Find the azimuth-elevation representation for φ = 30° and θ = 0°. Use the phi-theta convention with φ defined from the x-axis to the y-axis, and θ defined from the z-axis toward the xy-plane.

`azel = phitheta2azel([30;10],false)`
```azel = 2×1 30 80 ```

## Input Arguments

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

Data Types: `double`

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

• If `RotAx` is `true`, the phi angle of a direction vector is the angle from the z-axis to the projection of the vector into the yz-plane. The theta angle is defined from the x-axis to the direction vector. Positive values are toward the yz-plane.

• If `RotAx` is `false`, the phi angle is defined from the x-axis to the projection of the direction vector in the xy-plane. The angle is positive in the direction of the y-axis. The theta angle is defined from the z-axis to the direction vector and is positive in the direction of the xy- plane (see Alternative Definition of Phi and Theta Angles ).

Data Types: `logical`

## Output Arguments

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

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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

`$\begin{array}{l}\mathrm{sin}el=\mathrm{sin}\varphi \mathrm{sin}\theta \\ \mathrm{tan}az=\mathrm{cos}\varphi \mathrm{tan}\theta \\ \mathrm{cos}\theta =\mathrm{cos}el\mathrm{cos}az\\ \mathrm{tan}\varphi =\mathrm{tan}el/\mathrm{sin}az\end{array}$`

### Alternative Definition of Phi and Theta Angles

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. `$\begin{array}{l}\varphi =az\\ \theta =90-el\\ az=\varphi \\ el=90-\theta \end{array}$`

This transformation applies when `RotAx` is `false`.

## Version History

Introduced in R2012a