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A Self-Structuring Patch Antenna: Simulation and Prototype

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4 Author(s)
Greetis, L. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Michigan State Univ. East, East Lansing, MI, USA ; Ouedraogo, R. ; Greetis, B. ; Rothwell, E.J.

A self-structuring patch antenna (patch SSA) is proposed. It combines the operating principles of the original self-structuring antenna with the desirable properties of a classic microstrip patch antenna. The patch self-structuring antenna has several computer-controlled shorting pins inserted between the patch and the ground plane. By opening and closing these pins, the antenna may be configured to operate at any arbitrary frequency within a very large bandwidth. Additionally, the patch self-structuring antenna may be configured to operate at several simultaneous frequencies that when placed near each other can be used to dramatically expand the instantaneous bandwidth of the antenna. A proof-of-principle study is undertaken both in simulation and by performing measurements on a prototype antenna.

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Antennas and Propagation Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:52 ,  Issue: 1 )