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In this paper, a free space power combining oscillator antenna array using a metamaterial based injection locking coupling network is described and demonstrated. The unique metamaterial series coupling network utilizes the infinite wavelength phenomenon which allows it to support an infinitely long wave at a non-zero frequency. It is demonstrated that equal phase/amplitude oscillator synchronization can be achieved without regards to the antenna element spacing in the array. A small scale prototype oscillator array is designed to have compact, non-uniform element spacing to demonstrate the concept. An EIRP of 18 dBm at 2.37 GHz is measured.
Microwave Conference, 2006. APMC 2006. Asia-Pacific
Date of Conference: 12-15 Dec. 2006