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Theory of Switched RF Resonators

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2 Author(s)
Shinho Kim ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., California Univ., Los Angeles, CA ; Yuanxun Ethan Wang

Transient characteristics of switched resonators have been studied. The resonators exhibit controllable impedance and energy storage behaviors during an alternating charging and discharging process. It is discovered that these unique characteristics of switched resonators can lead to novel RF envelope signal processing functions. The paper discusses the basic theory of switched resonators and the designing methodology of relevant RF signal processing applications. Two applications are presented as examples. The first example is a variable, reflective attenuator which uses the controllable impedance of the switched resonators to achieve different attenuation/reflection levels. In the second example, a simple, compact and efficient RF pulse compression technique based on the switched resonator concept is introduced. It utilizes the charging/discharging characteristics of the circuit resonator by varying the resonator's Q-factor. The approach compresses the duration of the modulated pulse without changing the phase characteristics of the RF carrier. The pulse compression technique can also be implemented with other type of resonators including distributed resonators, as demonstrated through the experiments

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Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 12 )