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Establishment of a fabrication and measurement capability for aperture-fed stacked patch microstrip antennas at the Air Force Institute of Technology

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1 Author(s)
Terry, C.I. ; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, USA

A study was conducted to provide the Air Force Institute of Technology with the capability to fabricate and readily measure aperture-fed stacked patch microstrip antennas. It was determined that available facilities and equipment at the Cooperative Electronics and Materials Laboratory designed for photo-etching silicon wafers can be used to successfully etch microstrip antenna components. A small anechoic chamber dedicated to antenna pattern measurements was constructed. Measurement emphasis was placed on the antenna's principal plane radiation patterns, as well as on its VSWR bandwidth. Although the fabricated antenna did not operate optimally due to under-cutting during the etching process, the measurement results clearly show the broader bandwidth characteristic of the stacked patch design

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Aerospace and Electronics Conference, 1991. NAECON 1991., Proceedings of the IEEE 1991 National

Date of Conference:

20-24 May 1991