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A novel tunable transmission line and its application to a phase shifter

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2 Author(s)
Young-Hoon Chun ; Dept. of Electr., Heriot-Watt Univ., Edinburgh, UK ; Jia-Sheng Hong

This letter describes the design of a novel transmission line, where characteristic impedance can be adjusted electronically, and its application to a phase shifter. A tunable transmission line enables microwave circuit designers to have flexibility and better return loss which can enhance its tuning range. A UHF band distributed analog phase shifter, as well as a tunable transmission line, is presented. The characteristic impedance of a fabricated novel transmission line varies from 10 to 69.5Ω, which demonstrates its tunability, and the fabricated UHF phase shifter using this novel line shows the possibility of better reflection coefficient and wider tuning range over the conventional capacitively-loaded distributed phase shifter.

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Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, IEEE  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 11 )