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Spectral characterization of broadband THz antennas by photoconductive mixing: toward optimal antenna design

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6 Author(s)
Mendis, R. ; Fac. of Eng., Univ. of Wollongong, NSW, Australia ; Sydlo, C. ; Sigmund, J. ; Feiginov, M.
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The spectral characterization of a broadband antenna using a pump-probe photomixing continuous-wave (CW) terahertz (THz) system is presented. The high dynamic range of the system, comparable to or better than that of similar pump-probe systems reported in the literature, provides an accurate means of antenna characterization. The planar antenna exhibits a log-periodic behavior at low frequencies, a bow-tie behavior at high frequencies, and a resonance characteristic in between, well in agreement with the antenna geometry. It is predicted that an improved geometry that extends the log-periodic behavior to higher frequencies would contribute significantly in enhancing the broadband performance of antenna-coupled photomixers.

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