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In this paper, a new transverse equivalent network for the modal analysis of stub-loaded leaky-wave antennas is developed. The derived network is useful for the study of the radiation of evanescent fields that occurs when they reach the top aperture of the parallel-plate stub. This transverse network is based, for the first time, on a nonhybrid formulation of the constituent parallel-plates modes of order 1 (TE1 Z and TE1 Z ). The obtained network is an alternative to the one based on hybrid TE1 Vand TE1 V modes, and leads to a simpler transverse resonance equation. The new equivalent network is validated by obtaining leaky-mode dispersion curves for a previously studied leaky-wave antenna in non- radiative dielectric guide technology.
Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:56 , Issue: 6 )
Date of Publication: June 2008