High-gain subwavelength resonant cavity antennas based on metamaterial ground planes

S Wang*, Alexandros P Feresidis, George Goussetis, J C Vardaxoglou

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Planar metarnaterial Surfaces with negative reflection phase values are proposed as ground planes in a high-gain resonant cavity antenna configuration. The antenna is formed by the metarnaterial ground plane (MGP) and a superimposed metallodielectric electromagnetic band gap (MEBG) array that acts as a partially reflective surface (PRS). A single dipole positioned between the PRS and the ground IS utilised as the excitation. Ray analysis is employed to describe the functioning of the antennas and to qualitatively predict the effect of the MGP oil the antenna performance. By employing MGPs with negative reflection phase values, the planar antenna profile is reduced to subwavelength values (less than lambda/6) whilst maintaining high directivity. Full-wave simulations have been carried out with commercially available software (Microstripes (TM)). The effect of the finite PRS size on the antenna radiation performance (directivity and sidelobe level) is studied. A prototype has been fabricated and tested experimentally in order to validate the predictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalIEE Proceedings - Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2006


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