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Analyzing the Complexity and Reliability of Switch-Frequency-Reconfigurable Antennas Using Graph Models

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7 Author(s)
Costantine, J. ; Electr. Eng. Dept., California State Univ. Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, USA ; Tawk, Y. ; Christodoulou, C.G. ; Lyke, J.C.
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This paper addresses the functional reliability and the complexity of reconfigurable antennas using graph models. The correlation between complexity and reliability for any given reconfigurable antenna is defined. Two methods are proposed to reduce failures and improve the reliability of reconfigurable antennas. The failures are caused by the reconfiguration technique or by the surrounding environment. These failure reduction methods proposed are tested and examples are given which verify these methods.

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Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:60 ,  Issue: 2 )