Antennas

Team:
RongLin Li, Terence Wu, Li Yang, Amin Rida, Ji Hwan Kim

Novel Broadband and Multi-band Antennas for Satellite and Wireless Applications

The objective of our research is to develop novel antenna structures for broadband and/or multi-band satellite and wireless applications (such as 3G, 4G, WiFi, WiMax, and DVB-H). Here we demonstrate a number of antennas which have been developed in our group for recent years, including:

  • A broadband short backfire antenna excited by an unbalance-fed H-shaped slot;
  • A simply fed broadband short backfire antenna;
  • A single-fed circularly polarized short backfire antenna;
  • Two broadband circularly polarized loop antennas;
  • A broadband cavity-backed slot/strip antenna;
  • A compact broadband antennas for GPS, DCS-1800, IMT-2000, and WLAN applications;
  • A low-profile planar antenna for DVB-H;
  • A low-profile dual-band antenna for wireless applications.

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Broadband Short Backfire Antenna Excited by an Unbalance-fed H-Shaped Slot

This antenna achieves a bandwidth of ~20% with a gain of ~15 dBi, which can find applications for wireless and satellite communications.



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Simply Fed Broadband Short Backfire Antenna

This antenna has a simple feeding structure. The antenna achieves a bandwidth of ~14% with a gain of ~15 dBi, which may find applications for WiMax and satellite communications.


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Single-Fed Circularly Polarized Short Backfire Antenna

This antenna achieves circularly polarized radiation with a single feed. The antenna has a perfect impedance matching (VSWR<1.2) and a gain of ~15 dBi, which may find applications in wireless and satellite communications.


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Broadband Circularly Polarized Loop Antennas

These antennas achieve broadband circularly polarized radiation. The antennas have a bandwidth of wider than ~30% with good impedance matching and a gain of ~10 dBi, which may find applications in base stations and satellite communications.


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Broadband Cavity-Backed Slot/Strip Antenna

This antenna achieves broadband circularly polarized radiation with a coplanar feed. The antenna has a bandwidth of ~20% and a gain of ~9 dBi, which may find applications in airborne/high-speed vehicles and satellite communications.


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Compact Broadband Antennas for GPS, DCS-1800, IMT-2000, and WLAN Applications

This is a broadband planar antenna, which achieves a bandwidth of ~50%. The antenna has a height of 7.2 mm, which may find applications for wireless handsets.


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Low-Profile Planar Antennas for DVB-H Applications

This is a low-profile broadband planar antenna for DVB-H handhelds. The antenna achieves a gain 3-dB higher than the specification.


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Low-Profile Dual-Band Antenna for Wireless Applications

This is a dual-band planar antenna, which achieves a bandwidth of ~35% at the 2-GHz band and ~15% at the 5-GHz band. The antenna has a height of 7-8 mm, which may find applications for wireless handsets.


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Compact Broadband Antennas for GPS, DCS-1800, IMT-2000, and WLAN Applications

This is a broadband planar antenna, which achieves a bandwidth of ~50%. The antenna has a height of 7.2 mm, which may find applications for wireless handsets.


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Quad Band Switchable Antenna

Simulated and measured return loss with measured gain of the quad-band antenna element in B1 and B2



Simulated and measured return loss with measured gain of the quad-band antenna element in B3 and B4.



The switchable quad band antenna element covers existing standards under B1 (800-900 MHz), B2 (1.7-2.5GHz), B3 (3.3-3.6GHz), and B4 (5.1-5.9 GHz). It achieves a >10dB return loss and and a broadside gain of 7-9dBi making it suitable for a base stations building block.



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Quad Band Expanded Array

Measured and simulated return loss with measured gain of the quad-band antenna array in B3 and B4.



Measured and simulated return loss with measured gain of the quad-band antenna array in B3 and B4.



The quad band array covers the same frequency and shows good impedance bandwidth while achieving 9-11dBi of gain. This allows further array implementation and beam tilting mechanism for base station operation.



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OmniSolant

The omnidirectional solar antenna integrates a planar antenna with compact solar cell circuitry. This eliminates the use of vertically positioned monopole antenna. Based on the size of the solar cell, this topology can support power harvesting and communication required for Wireless Sensor Nodes and WiFi.



This is the measured antenna radiation at 2.4GHz.








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