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Novel microstrip bandpass filters based on complementary split-ring resonators

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4 Author(s)
J. Bonache ; Dept. d'Enginyeria Electron., Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain ; I. Gil ; J. Garcia-Garcia ; F. Martin

In this paper, a new methodology for the design of compact planar filters in microstrip technology is proposed. This is based on cascading filter stages consisting of the combination of complementary split-ring resonators (CSRRs), recently proposed by the authors, series capacitive gaps, and grounded stubs. By this means, we achieve the necessary flexibility to simultaneously obtain quite symmetric frequency responses, controllable bandwidths, and compact dimensions. Two prototype device bandpass filters are provided to illustrate the potentiality of the proposed approach. In the first prototype, the structure is periodic (i.e., composed of identical cells) and behaves as a left-handed transmission line with controllable bandwidth. In the second prototype device, periodicity is sacrificed with an eye toward the synthesis of a standard (Chebyshev) approximation. The measured frequency responses point out low insertion losses in the passband, as well as high-frequency selectivity with small dimensions. As compared to conventional parallel coupled line filters, reduction of device length by a factor of 2.4 is demonstrated. This is the first time that planar filters with controllable bandwidth based on CSRRs are achieved. These structures can be of interest in those applications where miniaturization and compatibility with planar circuit technology are key issues

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques  (Volume:54 ,  Issue: 1 )