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In this letter, single-wall carbon nanotube (CNT) composite materials are explored for the design of multiband antennas. An accurate electromagnetic (EM) model of the modified Sierpinski fractal composite antenna is developed using Microwave Studio for numerical analysis. For antenna fabrication, we printed CNT on both sides of a substrate and then cut out the desired antenna pattern using a high-precision milling machine. The CNT material was hardened by resin infiltration in order to be processed on the milling machine. The CNT antenna shows satisfactory gain and radiation patterns for UHF-RFID (900 MHz), Bluetooth (2.4 GHz), and WLAN (5.5 GHz) applications. Good agreement between computed and measured results is observed.
Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, IEEE (Volume:9 )
Date of Publication: 2010