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Dual-band circularly polarized microstrip antenna for satellite applications

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4 Author(s)
Ferrero, F. ; Lab. d''Electronique, Univ. of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Valbonne, France ; Luxey, C. ; Jacquemod, G. ; Staraj, R.

This letter presents a dual-band circularly polarized patch antenna dedicated to satellite communications. The dual-band behavior is obtained by inserting a small X-band microstrip patch antenna into a large L-band one. Both patches are printed on the same substrate and fed by electromagnetic coupling through two perpendicular slots etched in their ground planes. These slots are fed by two different 90° microstrip branch-line couplers printed on a stacked lower substrate. A prototype of the antenna was realized with a 1.5-mm-thick upper layer substrate and a 0.758-mm-thick feed layer substrate, both of the same dielectric material with a relative permittivity of εr=2.22. Simulation and measurement results are presented, showing this compact dual-band antenna achieves the required Meteosat specifications in terms of frequency bandwidth, circular polarization bandwidth, and isolation between the two communication bands.

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Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE  (Volume:4 )