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Intrinsically Switched Varactor-Tuned Filters and Filter Banks

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1 Author(s)
Guyette, A.C. ; Naval Res. Lab., Washington, DC, USA

Intrinsically switched tunable filters are switched on and off using the tuning elements that tune their center frequencies and/or bandwidths, without requiring an increase in the tuning range of the tuning elements. Because external RF switches are not needed, substantial improvements in insertion loss, linearity, dc power consumption, control complexity, size, and weight are possible compared to conventional approaches. An intrinsically switched varactor-tuned bandstop filter and bandpass filter bank are demonstrated here for the first time. The intrinsically switched bandstop filter prototype has a second-order notch response with more than 50 dB of rejection continuously tunable from 665 to 1000 MHz (50%) with negligible passband ripple in the intrinsic off state. The intrinsically switched tunable bandpass filter bank prototype, comprised of three third-order bandpass filters, has a constant 50-MHz bandwidth response continuously tunable from 740 to 1644 MHz (122%) with less than 5 dB of passband insertion loss and more than 40 dB of isolation between bands.

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Microwave Theory and Techniques, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:60 ,  Issue: 4 )