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Compact (<0.5mm2) K-band metamaterial bandpass filter in MCM-D technology

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5 Author(s)
Bonache, J. ; Dept. d''Enginyeria Electron., Univ. Autonoma de Barcelona ; Posada, G. ; Carchon, G. ; De Raedt, W.
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A bandpass filter based on complementary split ring resonators (CSRRs) and implemented in MCM-D technology is presented for the first time. It is a thin-film microstrip structure with CSRRs etched in the ground plane and interdigital capacitors in the signal strip. In addition, the structure includes grounded stubs. The combination of CSRRs and such stubs is useful to generate a transmission zero above the left-hand passband of the filter, and thus improve frequency selectivity. The filter, consisting of two CSRR cells, has a central frequency of fo=19 GHz and a fractional bandwidth of FWB=18%. Inband return losses (RL=-15 dB) are satisfactory, while insertion losses (IL=-7.4 dB) are affected by the very small size of the resonant elements. Filter size is as small as 918times450 mum, i.e. 0.094 lambdagtimes0.045lambdag, where lambdag is the guided wavelength at fo. The implementation of these metamaterial-based structures in MCM-D technology opens new directions for the synthesis of ultra-small filters operating at millimetre wavelengths

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Electronics Letters  (Volume:43 ,  Issue: 5 )