# Logarithmic polarplot with TikZ/pgfplot

I'd like to do a logarithmic polar plot like the one in Wikipedia Polar Plot.

I've come up with the following PGF Plot so far:

\documentclass[border=5mm]{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\usepgfplotslibrary{polar}

\begin{document}
\pgfplotsset{mypolarplot/.style={%
domain=0:360, % plot full cycle
samples=180, % number of samples; can be locally adjusted
grid=both, % display major and minor grids
major grid style={black},
minor x tick num=3, % 3 minor x ticks between majors
minor y tick num=1, % 1 minor y tick between majors
xtick={0,45,...,360}, % set xticks (degrees)
yticklabel style={anchor=north east}, % move label position
xticklabel=$\pgfmathprintnumber{\tick}^\circ$,
every axis plot/.style={ultra thick},
}}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{polaraxis}[mypolarplot]
\end{polaraxis}
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


But I can't get the scaling of the polar plot right, I'd like to have a range of say -40 ... 0 dB for the radius. Any ideas?

• Did you try using coordinate transformations (like e.g. here)? – user121799 Nov 7 '18 at 13:47
• No, yet another thing I didn't know about TikZ - exactly what I need! If you answer the question, I can give give you credit. – Chipmuenk Nov 7 '18 at 16:30

With the information in "Polar plot using pgfplots/tikz" it was easy to answer my own question. The trick was using y coord trafo/.code=\pgfmathparse{#1+40} to transform values so that -40 (dB) is represented by a radius of 0 and 0 dB by a radius of 40.

\documentclass[border=5mm]{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\usepgfplotslibrary{polar}

\begin{document}
\pgfplotsset{mypolarplot/.style={%
domain=0:360, % plot full cycle
samples=180, % number of samples; can be locally adjusted
grid=both, % display major and minor grids
major grid style={black},
minor x tick num=3, % 3 minor x ticks between majors
minor y tick num=1, % 1 minor y tick between majors
xtick={0,45,...,360}, % set xticks (degrees)
yticklabel style={anchor=north east}, % move label position
xticklabel=$\pgfmathprintnumber{\tick}^\circ$,
every axis plot/.style={ultra thick},
ymin=-30, ymax=0
}}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{polaraxis}[mypolarplot,
% shift y-coordinates by +40 (-40 for reverse direction)
y coord trafo/.code=\pgfmathparse{#1+40},
y coord inv trafo/.code=\pgfmathparse{#1-40}] 