Optimization of a planar "bull-eye" leaky-wave antenna fed by a printed surface-wave source

Symon Podilchak, Paolo Baccarelli, Paolo Burghignoli, Al P. Freundorfer, Yahia M. M. Antar

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A microstrip-based leaky-wave antenna for two-sided frequency beam scanning and broadside radiation is presented. In particular, the optimized "bull-eye" ring structure is designed to support leakage of the fundamental TM mode of the guiding structure in a regime without any other leaky- or surface-wave modes. Also by following suggested design rules, to achieve good isolation between the printed rings and the TM source, a beam scan angle range of 121 degrees can be realized over an operating bandwidth of more than 40% with antenna mismatch losses of less than 0.14 dB. Supporting numerical calculations are also in agreement with the simulations and antenna measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-669
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Leaky waves (LWs)
  • leaky-wave antenna (LWA)
  • surface waves (SWs)


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