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We present two broadband characterization techniques to extract the RF (50 MHz-4.5 GHz) permeability of bulk and thin magnetic composite materials. Both techniques are based on broadband stripline structures with the permeability determined from -parameter measurements. For bulk samples, a tapered stripline fixture, supporting transverse electromagnetic (TEM) waves, is employed. As this approach is not suitable for thin material samples (thickness t <; 1 mm), a microstrip line fixture is proposed along with a new permeability de-embedding technique. Compared with conventional microstrip line methods, this approach is found to be accurate for thin samples with small surface areas (less than 1 × cm × 1 cm). The validity of the techniques is demonstrated by measuring a bulk ferrite slab and a thin patterned ferrite composite with in-plane anisotropy.
Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:58 , Issue: 11 )
Date of Publication: Nov. 2010