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Application of the three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain method to the analysis of planar microstrip circuits

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4 Author(s)
Sheen, D.M. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA ; Ali, S.M. ; Abouzahra, M.D. ; Kong, Jin Au

A direct three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method is applied to the full-wave analysis of various microstrip structures. The method is shown to be an efficient tool for modeling complicated microstrip circuit components and microstrip antennas. From the time-domain results the input impedance of a line-fed rectangular patch antenna and the frequency-dependent scattering parameters of a low-pass filter and a branch-line coupler are calculated. These circuits were fabricated and the measurements made on them are compared with the FDTD results and shown to be in good agreement

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 7 )

Date of Publication:

Jul 1990

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