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A passive harmonic reradiator tag for animal tracking
Author(s): Behnam Jamali
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Paper Abstract

Low power sensor nodes distributed over a large geographical area provide an economical way to collect environmental information. The sensors can utilize backscatter signals to communicate with a central node without significant power consumption. Each sensor can modulate its reflected backscatter signal by switching a load on the sensor antenna. This allows design of low power sensor nodes with longer lasting battery life. The nodes can be built to reradiate a harmonic of the received signal. This helps to avoid interference at the central node from reflection from unwanted objects. A passive harmonic reradiator is designed in this project to receive a 915 MHz electromagnetic wave and reradiate at 1.83 GHz. The design consists of receiver antenna, transmitter antenna, a Schottky diode, and matching network. Simulation and measurement results are provided. The results show promising characteristics for the use of the device to track animals in wild life.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 2008
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7268, Smart Structures, Devices, and Systems IV, 72681B (30 December 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.810699
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Behnam Jamali, The Univ. of Adelaide (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7268:
Smart Structures, Devices, and Systems IV
Said Fares Al-Sarawi; Vijay K. Varadan; Neil Weste; Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, Editor(s)

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