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Design of reconfigurable fractal antennas and rf MEMS for spaced-based communication systems
Author(s): K. J. Vinoy; Vijay K. Varadan
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, design concepts of reconfigurable and electronically steered antennas based on a new fractal antenna and FR-MEMS devices are presented. The input characteristics of the Hilbert curve fractal antenna can be made frequency agile by incorporating RF-MEMS switches along its length. In addition, due to the large number of connected segments in this antenna geometry, reconfigurable radiation characteristics can be obtained by adding just few additional line segments to interconnect these through semiconductor or RF-MEMS switches. The beam peak direction can be shifted by 63 degree(s) and the beam width can be changed by up to 25 degree(s) by this approach. An electronically steered antenna with micromachined phase shifters using tunable ferroelectric barium strontium titanate thin film is also discussed. These MEMS based antenna systems find applications in communications satellites and electronically scanned arrays for space-based radars.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4591, Electronics and Structures for MEMS II, (21 November 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.449148
Show Author Affiliations
K. J. Vinoy, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Vijay K. Varadan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4591:
Electronics and Structures for MEMS II
Neil W. Bergmann; Derek Abbott; Alex Hariz; Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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