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Design of Wideband, Circularly Polarized Patch Antennas for RFID Applications in the FCC/ETSI UHF Bands

By Marios Nestoros, Marios Andreas Christou, and Anastasis C. Polycarpou
Progress In Electromagnetics Research C, Vol. 78, 115-127, 2017
doi:10.2528/PIERC17071801

Abstract

The primary objective of this paper is to design a high-gain, circularly polarized patch antenna suitable for Radio Frequency Identi cation (RFID) readers that operate in the FCC and ETSI bands (865-928 MHz). These designs will be used in a healthcare application to provide tag identification for thousands of medicines stored on shelves inside a pharmaceutical warehouse. Consequently, it is important that these antennas provide sucient electromagnetic coverage and polarization diversity in order to boost tag readability and minimize item identification errors. The proposed RFID reader antenna design begins with a single patch with truncated corners on air substrate in order to help us understand the effect of various geometrical parameters on critical antenna figures of merit. A stub is introduced in order to improve the impedance matching characteristics of the antenna. The wideband characteristic of the design, for both impedance matching and axial ratio, is achieved by a second truncated-corner patch antenna positioned on top of the first one. An optimum design is achieved by changing the heights of the main and parasitic patches, the size of the truncated corners, and the probe position. The final antenna designs are verified by comparing measurement and simulation results.

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Marios Nestoros, Marios Andreas Christou, and Anastasis C. Polycarpou, "Design of Wideband, Circularly Polarized Patch Antennas for RFID Applications in the FCC/ETSI UHF Bands," Progress In Electromagnetics Research C, Vol. 78, 115-127, 2017.
doi:10.2528/PIERC17071801
http://jpier.org/PIERC/pier.php?paper=17071801

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