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Second-generation zone plate antenna design
Author(s): James C. Wiltse
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Paper Abstract

A well-designed phase correcting Fresnel zone plate antenna can provide performance superior to a lens or, in some cases, a paraboloid antenna, particularly at millimeter wavelengths. This paper discusses design considerations and includes approaches to give improved characteristics, such as greater efficiency or higher gain. The approaches include the use of quarter-wave or better correction, thickness designs that permit the central zone and other zones to be air dielectric (for lower losses), and the use of low dielectric constant materials to reduce surface reflections and multiple reflections. At higher millimeter-wave or sub- millimeter wavelengths low loss materials are important. More sophisticated zoning is described, as well as the use of a compromise thickness to compensate for the fact that refraction of waves at the surfaces causes the path lengths through the zone plate to be different at different angles of incidence. Multiple-band zone plates are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 November 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3795, Terahertz and Gigahertz Photonics, (12 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.370149
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James C. Wiltse, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3795:
Terahertz and Gigahertz Photonics
R. Jennifer Hwu; Ke Wu, Editor(s)

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