Extended Aperture Miniature Antenna Based on CRLH Metamaterials for Wireless Communication Systems Operating Over UHF to C-Band

Alibakhshi-Kenari, Mohammad and Virdee, Bal Singh and Ali, Abdu and Limiti, Ernesto (2017) Extended Aperture Miniature Antenna Based on CRLH Metamaterials for Wireless Communication Systems Operating Over UHF to C-Band. Radio Science. ISSN 1944-799X (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper presents a simple technique to extend the aperture of planar composite right/left-handed (CRLH) metamaterial antennas with minimal impact on the antenna’s dimensions. Unlike most CRLH antenna structures the proposed antenna is via-free. The proposed antenna is shown to operate over a wideband from UHF to C-band with good radiation characteristics. The antenna configuration consists of a vertically stacked CRLH unit-cells comprising of a patch and meandered lines, where the patch is engraved with an S-shaped slot. The design uses minimal ground plane area. The meander line inductance is grounded using CPW ground which eliminates conventional CRLH TL metallic via into ground plane. The antenna is feed through a coplanar waveguide (CPW) match stub that is electromagnetically coupled to the unit cells. Antenna dimensions are 17.5×32.15×1.6 mm3, which corresponds to 0.204λ_0×0.375λ_0×0.018λ_0 where free-space wavelength (λ_0) is 3.5GHz. Parametric study enabled the optimization of the antenna performance in terms of impedance bandwidth, radiation gain and radiation efficiency. Measured results confirm the antenna can operate from 850 MHz to 7.90 GHz, which is equivalent to a fractional bandwidth of 161.14%. The antenna has a maximum gain and radiation efficiency of 5.12 dBi and ~80%, respectively, at 3.5GHz.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: composite right/left-handed metamaterials, planar antenna, slot antenna, wideband, coplanar waveguide, wireless communication systems, portable devices
Subjects: 600 Technology > 620 Engineering & allied operations
Department: School of Computing and Digital Media
Depositing User: Bal Virdee
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2018 09:16
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2018 09:16
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/1325

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