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Compact Wideband Multimode Dielectric Resonator Antennas Fed With Parallel Standing Strips

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3 Author(s)
Rashidian, A. ; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada ; Shafai, L. ; Klymyshyn, D. M.

As the number of resonances increases, it becomes difficult to improve and maintain the performance of dielectric resonator antennas (DRAs), over the expanded impedance bandwidth. To remove unwanted modes, adjust the frequency distance between individual modes, reduce antenna size and cross polarization, and preserve radiation patterns in a wideband configuration, a dielectric resonator antenna fed with parallel standing strips is proposed in this paper. The use of parallel standing strips provides several degrees of freedom in the design procedure to enhance the DRA characteristics. To validate the effectiveness of this approach, two DRAs with parallel standing strips were fabricated using different procedures. The antennas were tested and characterized. The measured results are in good agreement with simulation ones. A 46% size reduction was achieved for the multimode DRA. The impedance bandwidth of the proposed DRA of simple rectangular shape was over 60% with a measured gain ranging from 5.5 to 9.5 dBi. Broadside radiation patterns with fairly low cross polarizations can be maintained over the impedance bandwidth. The simulated radiation efficiency is more than 96% within the frequency band.

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Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:60 ,  Issue: 11 )