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A Hybrid Guided-Wave Structure of Half Mode Substrate Integrated Waveguide and Conductor-Backed SlotLine and its Application in Directional Couplers

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4 Author(s)
Yu Jian Cheng ; EHF Key Lab of Fundamental Science, School of Electronic Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China ; Wei Hong ; Ke Wu ; Yong Fan

Conductor-backed slotline suffers from potential problems of mode coupling phenomenon and yields unexpected effects. Previous designs are focused on how to suppress such a mode-to-mode coupling. This unwanted coupling effect may be purposely used to achieve a desired coupling between half mode substrate integrated waveguide (HMSIW) and slotline. In this work, a hybrid HMSIW-slotline guided-wave structure is introduced and investigated. Through a simple and efficient analysis approach, we design and fabricate a 3 dB hybrid HMSIW-slotline directional coupler, which achieves a relative bandwidth of 17%~22% with 0.5 dB amplitude imbalance excited at different ports. This type of substrate integrated hybrid coupler not only presents a compact geometry, but also preserves a great design flexibility compatible with various topologies.

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IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 2 )