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Metamaterial-Substrate Antenna Array for MIMO Communication System

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2 Author(s)
Prathaban Mookiah ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA, USA ; Kapil R. Dandekar

We demonstrate how a magnetic permeability enhanced metamaterial can enhance the antenna array of a multiple-input multiple-output(MIMO) communication system. The performance of a rectangular patch antenna array on a metamaterial substrate was studied relative to a similar array constructed on a conventional FR4 substrate. Differently spaced arrays were analytically compared using array correlation coefficients and mean effective gain as performance metrics. Achievable channel capacity were obtained through channel measurements made on a MIMO testbed. While results show that arrays on conventional FR4 substrates have higher capacity due to gain and efficiency factors, arrays can be made smaller, and have less mutual coupling and correlation coefficients, when using a metamaterial substrate, but the antenna built on the metamaterial substrate can be made more efficient through the use of better host materials. This was reflected in the analysis of both antenna arrays normalized to remove efficiency and gain differences where they showed similar performances. Hence, metamaterial substrates are a cost-effective solution when antenna miniaturization is a key design criteria compared to conventional substrates that achieve the same miniaturization factor without significantly sacrificing performance.

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IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation  (Volume:57 ,  Issue: 10 )