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Cavity-Backed Miniature Wideband UHF Circular Polarized Antenna With Textured Dielectrics

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4 Author(s)
Psychoudakis, D. ; Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH ; Volakis, J.L. ; Zach Wing ; Halloran, John W.

Use of high permittivity dielectrics with antennas is known to reduce their operating frequency but also introduces side effects such as reduced gain and bandwidth. This paper presents a miniaturization scheme for a 15 cm (6 inch) square circularly polarized (CP), cavity-backed antenna using textured dielectric loading and a folded metallic strip feed. The proposed design has an operational frequency f, around 500 MHz implying a linear size of 0.25lambda0. The challenge in designing such a small size antenna is to increase bandwidth (10-15%) while retaining a gain of 2-4 dBi. By carefully positioning high permittivity textured dielectrics within the aperture in conjunction with shape design, we show that bandwidth and gain are retained as compared to comparable size antennas in the literature. As part of our design, we present parametric studies through computer simulations and a prototype antenna is fabricated and measured for verification

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Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:54 ,  Issue: 12 )