Compact varactor-tuned microstrip high-pass filter with a quasi-elliptic function response

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Abstract

This paper presents a novel circuit topology of a tunable high-pass filter with a quasi-elliptic function response. A detailed theoretical analysis for the performance operating mechanism is demonstrated. With the assistance of mutually inductive coupling introduced, a pair of tunable transmission zeros (TZs) is synthesized at the lower passband edges and significantly improves the filter selectivity. Experiments are carried out by using the liquid crystal polymer bonded multilayer printed circuit board technology to validate the design. It is found that the implemented filter achieves a wide continuous tuning range covering from 1030 to 2150 MHz with low insertion loss, and which indeed are limited by the Schottky diodes used. It is also illustrated that two measured TZs are properly controlled at each tuning stage, which not only offers a sharp cutoff frequency response with a rejection level greater than 22 dB, but also provides an approximately unchanged response shape. Good agreement between the measured and simulated results can finally be observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3853-3859
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Volume61
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Keywords

  • Liquid crystal polymer (LCP) bonded multilayer printed circuit board (PCB) technology
  • transmission zeros (TZs)
  • tunable high-pass filter (HPF)
  • varactor tuned
  • BANDPASS FILTER

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