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This letter presents the enhancement of an electromagnetic band-gap (EBG) antenna that is used to feed a reflector antenna for a space multibeam application in Ka band. One of the main difficulties in a typical focal feed cluster design is to obtain high illumination performances with neighbored and close radiating elements. The new structure presented in this letter tackles this difficulty by using a two-level EBG antenna as a multibeam focal feed. This last one is designed to illuminate a side-fed offset cassegrain antenna (SFOCA) working in Ka band and dedicated to a multibeam telecommunication coverage over Europe. A prototype has been measured, and the reflector antenna performances have been evaluated in order to show the good results obtained with this new multibeam focal feed.
Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE (Volume:8 )
Date of Publication: 2009