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2021-05-13 PIER C Vol. 112, 193-205, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21030402

Compact Quad-Port High Performance UWB MIMO/Diversity Antenna with Slotted Ground Structure

Pankaj Kumar Keshri, Richa Chandel, Sanjay Sahu, and Anil Kumar Gautam

A compact 30×30 mm2 high performance four elements ultra-wide band multi-input multi-output (UWB MIMO) diversity antenna is proposed. The prototype antenna consists of four symmetrical antenna elements which are orthogonally placed on top surface of the substrate with partial slotted ground plane. The isolationamong the antenna elements is improved by placing antenna elements orthogonally without any additional decoupling structure. The various antenna characteristic parameters, i.e. return loss (< -10 dB), isolation parameter (<-22 dB), radiation patterns near omnidirectional, and maximum realized gain 4.8 dB, were measured. The MIMO performances of prototype antenna were also measured in terms of various MIMO diversity parameters and found ECC<0.06, DG>9.98 dB, TARC<-10 dB and MEG<-3 dB throughout the frequency band. This design provides an operational bandwidth from 2.15 to 16.75 GHz which covers the whole UWB spectrum and is suitable for portable devices.

2021-05-10 PIER C Vol. 112, 179-192, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21021004

An Improvised Non-Invasive Method with Clutter Removal for Dielectric Characterization of Terrestrial Rock Samples at S-Band Frequency

Anamiya Bhattacharya, Deepak Putrevu, Dharmendra Kumar Pandey, and Arundhati Misra

This paper presents a free-space reflection measurement technique for estimating dielectric constant and loss tangent of different materials, demonstrated for rock samples, at S-band. The method is non-contact as well as non-invasive, which is used to characterize the electromagnetic properties of different materials (in our case, rock samples) at S-band in a non-anechoic chamber environment. The technique involves measurement of reflected signals (S11 data from Vector Network Analyzer) from the material under test (MUT) as well as for the surroundings. By taking the inverse-Fourier Transform of S11 data, the impulse-response corresponding to the reflected power from the MUT can be estimated. The proposed scheme overcomes the portability issue as well as the requirement of an anechoic environment. The measurement system consists of a single antenna (centered at 2.5 GHz), rock samples (i.e. material under test (MUT)), a perfectly conducting plate and a mounting fixture. By processing and analyzing the reflection coefficient data, the values of dielectric constant and loss tangent are calculated using the proposed algorithms which take care of clutter removal as well. The technique is validated using the estimated values of rock samples corresponding to their composition values available in the literature and found to be in good agreement. Estimation of dielectric properties of rock samples will be used to validate algorithms for science studies using SAR data of Chandrayaan-2 and other planetary missions. Hence, this measurement process will play a key role towards understanding of surface composition and features of the planetary bodies.

2021-05-05 PIER C Vol. 112, 165-177, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21032202

A Dual-Band, Miniaturized, AMC-Based Wearable Antenna for Health Monitoring Applications

Bo Yin, Ming Ye, Youhai Yu, and Jing Gu

A dual-band wearable antenna operating at 2.45 GHz and 5.80 GHz with compact Artificial Magnetic Conductor (AMC) plane is proposed in this paper. The design is based on a U-shaped printed monopole antenna operating in the Industrial, Science, Medical (ISM) bands, and it is integrated with a square looped AMC plane which can reduce the overall size of the antenna system and realize miniaturization. The U-shaped monopole antenna is miniaturized by folding its arms, and its resonant frequency can be tuned easily by adjusting the length of two branches. The AMC unit, which is composed of concentric square double rings, realizes dual-band resonance. Meanwhile, a crossed patch is loaded into the inner ring to increase the electromagnetic coupling and reduce the resonance frequency of the two rings, thus miniaturizing the AMC unit. Therefore, the total size of the AMC plane which contains 3×3 elements is only 59.1 mm × 59.1 mm. Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is examined by loading a three-layer human body tissue under the AMC antenna, and the simulation results show that SAR value is only 0.018 W/kg, which is far below the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE) standard. Finally, a prototype of the proposed antenna was fabricated and tested, and the experimental results agree well with the simulation responses.

2021-05-05 PIER C Vol. 112, 153-164, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21032404

Substrate Integrated Waveguide Slot Array Antenna for 77 GHz Automotive Angular Radar Applications

Xin Liao, Xing Jiang, Xue-Long Zhu, Lin Peng, Kai-Fa Wang, Ji-Heng Wang, and Li-Mei Huang

A single-layer substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) longitudinal slot array antenna with low sidelobe level (SLL) in H plan and wide beamwidth in E plan is presented for 77 GHz millimeter-wave angular radar applications. The radiation energy of the antenna is determined by the length and offset of the slot. The conductance of the slot that satisfies the Taylor distribution can effectively suppress the sidelobe of antennas. Measured results indicate that the SLL of the E plane is -28.5 dB, and the 3 dB beamwidth is 98.3°. A measured peak gain of 12.7 dB is observed with a -10 dB impedance bandwidth of 75.5 GHz~77.4 GHz. The measured results are in good agreement with the theoretical calculations, and the proposed antenna has been demonstrated as a promising candidate used for millimeter-wave automotive angular radar for the proposed antenna array.

2021-05-04 PIER C Vol. 112, 139-151, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC20112705

Circularly Polarized Multiple Layer Dielectric Resonator Antennas

Richa Gupta, Ankit Gaur, Sandeep Gupta, and Garima Bakshi

A sequence of anisotropic and isotropic materials of dielectric constant 12 and 10 respectively have been stacked alternatively to form a four-layer stack structure with aperture coupled feed mechanism for excitation. Applying this excitation, orthogonal mode pair TEδ21x and TE2δ1y has been excited at frequencies 7.54 GHz and 7.8 GHz, respectively in YZ and ZX planes to generate circular polarization. A circularly polarized bandwidth in the region (7.54 GHz-7.92 GHz) in conjunction with impedance bandwidth in the region (5.23 GHz-5.52 GHz) with a gain of 5.2 dBi has been accomplished. The designed antenna is appropriate for C-band and weather radar applications. The design assessment has been done using Ansys HFSS. The three stages of antenna design are examined. Further, the design is investigated with a 6-layer structure and an 8-layer structure.

2021-05-02 PIER C Vol. 112, 127-137, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21031106

Wide-Band Log-Periodic Microstrip Antenna with Defected Ground Structure for C-Band Applications

Kunal Krishna Upadhyay, Alkesh Agrawal, and Mukul Misra

The manuscript presents a log-periodic microstrip antenna with a defective ground structure (LPMADGS). The antenna is simulated, designed, and validated for C-band applications. The design of the antenna consists of three layers with upper most layer consisting of log-periodic, copper patches with a thickness of 0.035 mm; the middle layer is a 2 mm thick dielectric layer of FR-4 substrate; and the bottom layer is a defected ground structure (concentric ring resonators of 0.035 mm thickness). The suggested antenna design is simulated with a complete ground plane, without ground plane, and with a defective ground plane. The proposed antenna with optimized design is fabricated by wet etched method. The simulated results are approximately similar to the experimentally measured results. The experimentally measured results show transmission peaks at 7.65 GHz and 7.90 GHz. The resonating effect of log-periodic patches with a defected ground structure results in wide-band of 0.91 GHz (-10 dB bandwidth). The proposed antenna structure exhibits a wide bandwidth transmission which mostly resonates in frequency range that lies in C-band. It has future applications for mobile as well as wireless communication.

2021-04-30 PIER C Vol. 112, 113-125, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21032904

Enhanced Ultra-Wide Band Multistage Rectifier for Pulsed Signal Power Transmission

Ahmed Moulay and Tarek Djerafi

This paper presents a multi-sections broad-band radio-frequency (RF) to direct-current (dc) power rectifier for pulsed signal transfer. The power transfer using a pulse allows to use a signal with low power spectral density. The optimal distributed configuration with critical parameters is studied to enhance the efficiency over broadband frequency and wide power range. A five stage distributed RF-dc converter arrangement with micro-strip transmission line ensures the power harvesting from 100 MHz to 11 GHz. The designed and fabricated circuit is characterized at multi-frequencies of ultra-wide band (UWB). The distributed harvester significantly improves the detected voltage over a wide bandwidth compared to conventional RF detectors. The achieved efficiency with optimized parameters is 48% with five-stage harvester. A maximum dc output of 956 mV is reached at 8 dBm of input power of sinusoidal single tone signal at 1 GHz of frequency. The designed prototype is associated with a square wave signal to show the circuit potential in terms of power transfer. The output voltage can be controlled with input signal level, frequency as well as the pulse width. For the power transfer circuit, 996 mV of maximum dc output voltage is reached for 1 V of input amplitude at 1 GHz with duty cycle of 50%. The efficiency increases significantly with duty cycle ratio of the input signal. The power harvester associated with a UWB antenna confirms the benefit of using a square wave signal in the case of power harvesting or transfer.

PIER C Vol. 112, 99-111, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21040601

Stubs and Slits Loaded Partial Ground Plane Inspired Novel Hexagonal Ring-Shaped Fractal Antenna for 5G/LTE/RFID/GSM/Bluetooth/WLAN/WiMAX Wireless Applications: Design and Measurement

Narinder Sharma and Sumeet Singh Bhatia

A multiband hexagonal ring-shaped fractal antenna with stubs and slits loaded partial ground plane has been presented in this manuscript. The proposed antenna is compact in size 24×30×1.6 mm3 and exhibits enhanced bandwidth, gain, and reflection coefficient. Measured results exhibit that the proposed antenna resonates with impedance bandwidth (S11 ≤ -10 dB) in the frequency ranges 1.0-2.75 GHz, 4.74-8.70 GHz, 11.04-12.76 GHz, 14.97-16.62 GHz, and 19.70-22.0 GHz. These frequency ranges cover distinct wireless standards such as 1800 MHz 2G spectrum of GSM band (1.71-1.88 GHz), LTE 2300/LTE 2500 (2.3-2.4 GHz/2.5-2.69 GHz), RFID/Bluetooth (2.4 GHz), 5G spectrum band (5900-6400 MHz) adopted by European Union, Long Term Evolution (LTE) band 46 (5150-5925 GHz), RFID (5.4 GHz), WLAN (5.15-5.35 and 5.72-5.85 GHz), Wi-MAX (5.25-5.85 GHz), FSS (11.45-11.7/12.5-12.75 GHz), defence systems (14.62-15.23 GHz), aeronautical radio navigations (15.43-17.3 GHz), and fixed/mobile satellite communications (19.7-20.1 GHz and 20.2- 21.2 GHz). The proposed antenna reveals the positive value of peak realized gain with almost omnidirectional radiation patterns in E- and H-planes for all the resonant frequency bands. The performance of proposed antenna has been realized by using HFSS V13 simulator based on FEM (Finite Element Method), and the results are compared with the experimental results which are in good agreement with each other.

2021-04-25 PIER C Vol. 112, 83-98, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21021302

Inset-Fed Planar Antenna Array for Dual-Band 5G MIMO Applications

Umair Rafique, Shobit Agarwal, Nasir Nauman, Hisham Khalil, and Khalil Ullah

An inset-fed planar MIMO antenna array design has been presented for dual-band 5G applications. The proposed MIMO array offers numerous advantages such as compact size, planar structure, and high isolation. The single element of the array comprises an inset-fed rectangular patch and open circuit stubs designed on the top side of the substrate, while the bottom layer consists of a partial ground plane. Simulated and measured results show that the proposed antenna offers dual-band characteristics at 28 GHz and 38 GHz frequency bands, respectively. It has also been observed from the results that the proposed inset-fed planar antenna offers good radiation characteristics, and acceptable gain and radiation efficiency. Furthermore, four-elements based MIMO antenna array has been designed for its possible use in 5G enabled communication devices. It has been demonstrated that the proposed MIMO antenna provides high isolation between array elements without disturbing the return loss of an individual element. The proposed MIMO antenna array has been fab- ricated and measured for the validation of simulation results, and it has been observed that both the results are in good agreement.

2021-04-22 PIER C Vol. 112, 69-82, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21030303

Research on Conducted EMI Characteristics of SiC MOSFET Considering Temperature Effect

Ming-Xing Du, Weiguo Bian, Hongbin Wang, Qiqi Dai, and Ziwei Ouyang

The junction temperature change of SiC MOSFET will change its switching process, and then affect the electromagnetic interference (EMI) characteristics of the system where the device is located and the safe operation of the surrounding equipment. Therefore, it is of great significance to research the temperature dependence of its EMI characteristics. In this paper, a buck converter composed of SiC MOSFET is taken as the research object to study the temperature variation characteristics of the conducted EMI spectrum during the switching process. Combined with the specific circuit connection form of the buck converter, the coupling paths of the conducted EMI are determined, and then the influence mechanisms of temperature change on the differential mode (DM) interference and common mode (CM) interference are analyzed. The theoretical analysis and experimental results show that the DM interference of the buck converter composed of SiC MOSFET increases with the increase of temperature, and the CM interference is almost unaffected by temperature. When the working temperature increases from 25˚C to 145˚C, the peak value of DM voltage increases by 6.7 dBμV, and the peak value of CM voltage changes less than 1.4 dBμV.

2021-04-20 PIER C Vol. 112, 55-68, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21021501

Design and Performance Analysis of g -Shaped Compact ACS Fed 4-Port MIMO Antenna for Triple Frequency Band Applications

Praveen Naidu, Akkapanthula Saiharanadh, Dhanekula Maheshbabu, Arvind Kumar, and Neelima Vummadisetty

In this paper, a novel compact single element G-shaped Asymmetric Coplanar Strip (ACS) fed antenna and its four-element printed multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) antenna have been presented with multi-band frequency characteristics. The proposed MIMO antenna has been fabricated on an FR-4 substrate (46 × 46 × 1.6) mm3 with dielectric constant εr = 4.4. The desired isolation between the elements (-18 dB) is achieved by placing the antenna elements orthogonal to each other. Simulated and measured results show that return loss (S11) for the proposed MIMO antenna is less than -10 dB in the operating bands, with frequency ranging 2.30-2.45 GHz, 3.36-3.65 GHz, and 4.53-5.88 GHz, respectively, which ensures its operation in multiple frequency bands. Moreover, these bands are obtained for 2.3 GHz WiBro, LTE and 5G NR to cover B40/B42/N30/N40/N97 together with 3.5 GHz/5 GHz WiMAX/WLAN band applications. Meanwhile, the diversity performance characteristics like ECC (Envelope Correlation Coefficient), MEG (Mean Effective Gain), DG (Diversity Gain), Total Active Reflection Coefficient (TARC), and Channel Capacity Loss (CCL) have been calculated and are presented in this paper. The correlation coefficient is found to be less than 0.001 with a diversity gain greater than 9.95, and an acceptable channel capacity loss is less than 0.4 bits/s/Hz.

2021-04-19 PIER C Vol. 112, 45-54, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21032102

An Analysis of High Selectivity and Harmonic Suppression Based on Stepped-Impedance Resonator Structure for Dual-Mode Diplexer

Jessada Konpang and Natchayathorn Wattikornsirikul

A high selectivity microstrip dual-mode diplexer with a stepped-impedance opened-end structure is implemented to reduce the size of a dual-mode resonator and suppress the harmonics. The proposed dual-mode resonator structure consists of a microstrip half-wavelength resonator and an open-circuited stepped-impedance stub. The stepped-impedance opened-end structure can control an even mode in the upper and lower desired bands to improve the cutoff responses. The sharp cutoff selectivity of the filter is created to improve the diplexer performance and wide suppress harmonics. The dual-mode diplexer prototype is analyzed, fabricated, and measured. The measured result agrees well with the analyzed result. The simulated and measured dual-mode diplexers are designed at the operational frequency of Tx/Rx at 1.95 GHz and 2.14 GHz, respectively. It is shown that the dual-mode filter has a wide stopband, including the first spurious resonance frequency due to the stepped-impedance stub.

2021-04-16 PIER C Vol. 112, 35-44, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21031404

A New Reflectionless Filter Composed of Discharging Circuit

Aixia Yuan, Shao-Jun Fang, Ying Wang, Yu Lin Feng, and Tielin Zhang

A new reflectionless filter with discharging circuit is presented. Under the premise of keeping the original filter unchanged, a discharging circuit is added. The relationship between the passband and stopband of the discharging circuit and the original filter is similar to the duality of the circuit. Without affecting the performance of the original filter, the reflected energy of the original filter is discharged to the ground through discharging circuit, so as to achieve no reflection of the filter, avoiding the interference to the input. Analytical design equations are provided so that the reflectionless filter can be designed. According to this design method, the reflectionless dual-band bandpass filter is designed and fabricated. Simulation and measurement results are in agreement. It has good reflectionless performance. The feasibility of the design method is verified.

2021-04-13 PIER C Vol. 112, 21-34, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21021002

Simultaneous Measurement of Temperature and Strain Using Multi-Core Fiber Within-Line Cascaded Symmetrical Ellipsoidal Fiber Balls-Based Mach-Zehnder Interferometer Structure

Farhan Mumtaz, Hongfeng Lin, Yutang Dai, Wenbin Hu, Muhammad Aqueel Ashraf, Lashari Ghulam Abbas, Shu Cheng, and Pu Cheng

Simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain using multi-core fiber (MCF) with an in-line cascaded symmetrical ellipsoidal fiber balls structure of Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) is presented. The sensor is fabricated by using an ordinary fusion apparatus. The thermo-coupling effect is realized through Germanium (Ge)-doped central and hexagonal distributed outer cores of MCF. A high-quality transmission spectrum is obtained with a fringe visibility of 12-15 dB and higher extinction ratio. The sensor exhibits superior mechanical strength compared with the fragile structures, such as tapered, etched, misaligned and offset fibers. The temperature sensitivity of 137.6 pm/°C and 68.1 pm/°C in the range of 20-90°C, and the strain sensitivity of -0.42 pm/με and -1.19 pm/με in the range of 0-801 με are obtained, when probe ``L'' is 40 mm and 20 mm, respectively. Simultaneous measurement of temperature and strain can be achieved by solving the coefficient matrix and tracing the wavelength shifts in the interference spectrum. Besides, the sensor has many advantages, such as high sensitivity, easy fabrication, simple structure, being stable and inexpensive, which may find potential applications in the field of optical sensing.

2021-04-11 PIER C Vol. 112, 11-20, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21030408

Dual-Band Subharmonic Mixer for WiFi Application with Improved Conversion Loss and RF-to-IF Isolation

Kumari Pushpa and Jayanta Ghosh

A dual-band subharmonic mixer that employs both the second and fourth harmonics of a local oscillator signal in the mixing process is demonstrated for WIFI application. The design results in a simple and cost-effective mixer as it requires only one local oscillator (LO). A quarter-wave stepped impedance stub has been used to suppress both bands of radio frequency (RF) signal. The proposed dual-band subharmonic mixer is designed for two RF bands with the center frequencies at 2.45 GHz and 5 GHz using a single LO frequency at 1.3 GHz. For mixing purpose, the second and fourth harmonics of LO are utilized. Experimental measurements show high port-to-port isolation and achieve minimum conversion losses of 6.87 dB and 10.0 dB at 2.59 GHz and 5 GHz, respectively. The 3-dB RF bandwidth is 2.3 to 2.95 GHz for the second harmonic and 4.8 to 5.5 GHz for the fourth harmonic of LO signal. The input P1-dB compression points for two modes of the mixer are -9 dBm and -5 dBm, respectively. The RF-to-IF isolations are more than 18 dB (maximum 36 dB) and 20 dB (maximum 33 dB), over both the RF bands.

2021-04-22 PIER C Vol. 112, 1-10, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERC21021502

DOA Estimation of Mixture Signals Based on the PSA

Wen Dong, Qianrong Lu, Siyuan Wu, Shujie Lei, and Bin Pu

The problem of direction of arrival (DOA) estimation based on a polarization sensitive array (PSA) is considered in this paper. In the environment of the mixture signal, a novel DOA estimation for both the independent signals and the coherent signals is proposed. The process of estimation is divided into two steps. First, the root-multiple signal classification algorithm is employed to estimate the DOAs of the independent signals. Then, the data covariance matrix which only contains the information of the coherent signals is estimated with improved vector reconstruction technique. Theoretical analysis and simulation results show that the proposed method can expand the array aperture and has small computation load as well as excellent estimation performance.