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A non-Foster circuit adaptation algorithm has been developed and demonstrated in a printed circuit board by using commercial off-the-shelf components. This algorithm enables adaptive stabilization of non-Foster circuits (NFCs) to achieve broadband operation, such as matching of electrically small receive antennas, hence avoiding potential oscillation and undesirable signal emission. The demonstrated system has been fabricated in a 6.4 ×8.9 cm2 4 layer FR4 PCB. Together with a fabricated NFC board, it achieves stable wideband matching for a 15 cm long monopole antenna under different environment conditions, such as an additional loading of a Cu metallic sheet in a proximate location to the antenna. The demonstration indicates the effectiveness of the proposed NFC adaptation algorithm and paves the way for broad applications of NFCs without stability concerns.
Date of Publication: Nov. 2012