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Microstrip arrays

Microstrip arrays

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A single microstrip antenna utilizing an air dielectric substrate (εr ≈ 1) is able to provide a maximum gain of nearly 10 dBi. When larger gain is required, and a microstrip antenna solution is the best choice, a number of microstrip elements may be connected together to form an array of antennas. The array of elements provides a much larger effective aperture and therefore gain compared to a single microstrip element. This Chapter will discuss elementary methods used to design microstrip antenna arrays.

Chapter Contents:

  • 6.1 Planar array theory
  • 6.2 Rectangular microstrip antenna array modeled with slots
  • 6.3 Aperture excitation distribution
  • 6.4 Microstrip array feeding methods
  • 6.4.1 Corporate-fed microstrip array
  • 6.4.2 Series-fed microstrip array
  • 6.4.3 Series/parallel standing wave feed
  • 6.4.4 Series/parallel matched tapped feed array
  • 6.4.5 Feedline radiation and loss
  • 6.4.6 Microstrip transmission line radiation
  • 6.5 Mutual coupling
  • 6.5.1 Mutual coupling between square MSAs
  • References

Inspec keywords: aperture antennas; dielectric materials; microstrip antenna arrays

Other keywords: microstrip antenna array design; air dielectric substrate; effective aperture; single microstrip antenna; single microstrip element

Subjects: Antenna arrays

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