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A new dual-frequency dual-polarized array antenna for airborne applications is presented in this paper. Two planar arrays with thin substrates (R/T Duroid 5880 substrate, with epsivr = 2.2 and a thickness of 0.13 mm) are integrated to provide simultaneous operation at S band (3 GHz) and X band (10 GHz). Each 3 GHz antenna element is a large rectangular ring-resonator antenna, and has a 9.5 dBi gain that is about 3 dB higher than the gain of an ordinary ring antenna. The 10 GHz antenna elements are circular patches. They are combined to form the array with a gain of 18.3 dBi, using a series-fed structure to save the space of the feeding line network. The ultra-thin array can be easily placed on an aircraft's fuselage, due to its lightweight and conformal structure. It will be useful for wireless communication, radar, remote sensing, and surveillance applications.
Date of Publication: Aug. 2009