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A Millimeter-Wave Microstrip Antenna Array on Ultra-Flexible Micromachined Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Polymer

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7 Author(s)
Hage-Ali, S. ; Joint Eur. Lab. LEMAC, Univ. des Sci. et Technol. de Lille, Villeneuve d''Ascq, France ; Tiercelin, N. ; Coquet, P. ; Sauleau, R.
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The use of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), an ultra flexible polymer, as a substrate for the realization of reconfigurable microwave devices in the 60-GHz band is presented. As bulk PDMS is demonstrated to be lossy at millimeter waves, membrane-supported devices are considered. A new reliable and robust technological process has been developed to micromachine membrane-supported transmission lines and microstrip antenna arrays. It is shown that transmission lines printed on 20-??m-thick membranes exhibit similar performances as bulk substrates commonly used at millimeter-wave frequencies. A microstrip antenna array has been also designed and fabricated to demonstrate the feasibility of directive antennas supported by large membranes. Promising applications for mechanical beam-steering, beam-forming, and frequency-tunable antennas are expected.

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Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE  (Volume:8 )