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Ultrawideband Circularly Polarized Spiral Antenna Using Integrated Balun With Application to Time-Domain Target Detection

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3 Author(s)
Shau-Gang Mao ; Grad. Inst. of Comput. & Commun. Eng., Nat. Taipei Univ. of Technol., Taipei, Taiwan ; Jen-Chun Yeh ; Shiou-Li Chen

The design of a wideband circularly polarized (CP) equiangular spiral antenna is described. Contrary to the conventional spiral antenna using the coaxial line or the vertically connected feeding structure, a tapered microstrip balun is fully integrated into one spiral arm of the proposed antenna and hence this construction can be realized completely planar. The measured results show that the return loss is better than 10 dB from 3.75 to 18.6 GHz, the axial ratio is below 3 dB from 3 to 14.5 GHz, the radiation is bidirectional with opposite polarization, and the antenna peak gain is 3.5 to 7 dBic. The time-domain characteristic of the transmitting/receiving system using the proposed ultrawideband (UWB) CP antennas is investigated by transient response. The pulse distortion is insignificant and is verified by the measured antenna performance with high signal fidelity (ges 0.89) and low variation of group delay (les 0.1 ns ). The transmitting/receiving antenna system using the proposed antennas is constructed to demonstrate the CP characterization and to detect the target position.

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Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 7 )