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2021-10-20 PIER M Vol. 105, 131-140, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERM21082706

A Wideband Circular Patch Antenna with Pattern Diversity and Reduced Sidelobes

Sai Radavaram and Maria Pour

A wideband circular patch antenna with broadside and conical radiation patterns is proposed. In addition to realizing a wide shared impedance bandwidth of ~48% for both the modes of operation, the unparalleled advantage of the proposed antenna is its reduced sidelobes in the E-plane broadside radiation patterns. The achieved sidelobe-free bandwidth is in the order of 39%, which is much wider than the pertinent art works on wideband pattern diversity antennas using a single radiating patch. The antenna characteristics are validated by fabricating and testing the designed prototype. The proposed antenna is also numerically investigated in front of a parabolic reflector antenna for monopulse radar applications.

2021-10-20 PIER M Vol. 105, 119-129, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERM21081206

Compensation Effect in the Conductive Auroral Regions of the Terrestrial Atmosphere

George Jandieri, Akira Ishimaru, and Nino F. Mchedlishvili

Oblique incidence of small-amplitude electromagnetic wave on an anisotropic conductive collision semi-infinite turbulent plasma slab under the influence of a homogeneous magnetic field is considered. The conditions of both the ordinary and extraordinary waves’ propagation along and transversal directions with respect to the external magnetic field in a homogeneous absorbing collisional magnetoplasma are obtained. Second order statistical moments of the spatial power spectrum of a scattered radiation in the polar ionosphere are calculated for the arbitrary correlation function of electron density fluctuations using the geometrical optics approximation. External magnetic field, oblique incidence of electromagnetic wave on a plasma slab, anisotropy of both ionospheric conductivity and dielectric permittivity, also elongated plasma irregularities in the auroral region of the terrestrial atmosphere are taken into account. The direction along which these asymmetric factors compensate each other is established. The conditions of the "Compensation Effect" are obtained: the spatial power spectrum not broadens, and its maximum is not displaced. Second order statistical moments of a scattered radiation: the shift of maximum and the broadening of the spatial power spectrum in the main and perpendicular planes are investigated analytically and numerically for the power law spectrum of the anisotropic ionospheric plasmonic structures using the experimental data.

2021-10-20 PIER M Vol. 105, 109-118, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERM21090201

Frequency and Time Domain Analysis of Triple Band Notched UWB Antenna with Integrated Bluetooth Band

Brij Kumar Bharti, Abhay Kumar Singh, Raksh Pal Singh Gangwar, and Reeta Verma

This paper presents, time and frequency domain analysis of a compact tri-band notched UWB (ultra-wideband) antenna with integrated Bluetooth frequency for wireless applications. Modifications in radiating element and DGS techniques are used to achieve high impedance bandwidth. The antenna operates at UWB frequency band 3.1-10.6 GHz as well as bluetooth frequency 2.4 GHz. The band notch characteristics are at Wi-MAX (3.3-3.7 GHz), WLAN (5-6 GHz), X-Band Satellite communication (7.1-7.76 GHz). These notches are obtained by etching different slots in ground plane and in radiating element. Gain, group delay, pulse transmission and radiation patterns of the proposed antenna are also investigated. A prototype of antenna is fabricated and reflection coefficient is measured. A comparison has been made between proposed antenna and previously published UWB antennas.

2021-10-19 PIER M Vol. 105, 99-108, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERM21070806

Improvement of the Performance of Free Space Optics Channel Based on Optimized Systems Parameters

Haider J. Abd, Sukaina Abdullah AL-Bairmani, and Mustafa Ismael

With the technology of free space optical communication, information can be transmitted from the transmitter to receiver wirelessly without the necessity of fiber optic cables. This technology offers system security, extended bandwidth, high data rate, and simple installation. This work aims to improve the optical channel based on the optimization of different optical amplifiers and filters. Performance analysis is carried out using a rectangular optical filter (ROF) and two electrical amplifiers named automatic gain control (AGC) and transimpedance amplifier (TIA). The results are presented in terms of maximum quality factor as a function of link range. The proposed systems (represented by ROF and AGC) brought better performance than traditional one (represented by TIA) via the same link range and data rates used. The findings displayed the progress of the AGC which has better quality factor than TIA and ROF. For instance, at 5 m length, the AGC achieves a maximum Q-factor of 12.29, while the ROF and ATI reveal a Q-factor in the range of 9.8 and 7.01 respectively.

2021-10-16 PIER M Vol. 105, 89-98, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERM21072901

A Pentagonal Slit Bow-Tie Patch Antenna with a Novelty Design for Manpads Guiding Simulator for Defense

Geetha Palaniappan and Sriramkumar Dhamodaran

The unique bow-tie shaped pentagonal slit microstrip patch antenna has been particularly developed, manufactured, and tested for defense applications such as gunner training systems. The substrate is made of 3.2 mm thick FR4 material with a dielectric constant of 4.3. With a conductivity of 5.96×107 Siemens/m copper is used as a pentagonal bow tie patch. During the training period of MANPADS, previously wired system is used, and it is replaced by a completely wireless system with a specially designed antenna along with an ultrasonic sensor and processor unit. The innovation of antenna is pentagonal slit created on patch, and it increases fringing effects. It attains 6.523 GHz with a return loss of -22.5 dB, maximum gain of 5.84 dB, and better VSWR of 1.16. CST Microwave Studio 2016 simulates the proposed antenna characteristics such as gain, return loss, radiation pattern, and VSWR.

2021-10-13 PIER M Vol. 105, 79-88, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERM21080505

Design of Electromagnetic Wave Multi-Type Focusing Based on 1-Bit Metasurface

Honggang Hao, Sen Zheng, Yihao Tang, and Xuehong Ran

Aiming at the focusing of near-field electromagnetic (EM) energy, a design approach of multi-type focusing (MTF) based on 1-bit metasurface is proposed in this paper. The surface electric field required for multi-focus is actually obtained by the superposition of the surface electric field of each single focus. This method can flexibly design the number, position, and energy distribution ratio of the focus according to the phase arrangement of the metasurface. Dipole structure is used as ``0'' and ``1'' unit of 1-bit metasurface. The phase difference of reflection is 180°, and the reflection coefficient is over 90% in 7.4-21.9 GHz. Using this 1-bit unit, the linear focus metasurface, multi-focus metasurface and metasurface generating two foci with different energy distribution are realized respectively. The energy distribution metasurface was manufactured and measured, and the measured results are consistent with the simulations. The design method used in this paper is simple and effective to realize multi-focus metasurface design and has potential application value in microwave imaging, radio frequency identification (RFID), and wireless power transmission.

2021-10-12 PIER M Vol. 105, 67-78, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERM21072501

Quasi-Optical Beamforming Approach Using Vertically Oriented Dielectric Wedges

Pratik Ghate and Jonathan Bredow

Beamforming at mm-Wave and beyond is expected to be a critical need for many emerging applications such as Internet of Things (IoT), vehicular networking systems, and unmanned aerial navigation systems as well as 5G/6G backhaul communications. A new technique is proposed using quasi-optical beamforming that will address the shortcomings of existing beamforming approaches. These structures are passive (or nearly passive) having low cost, low power consumption, compact size and weight, have bandwidth advantages, and are expected to be able to operate at higher frequencies. The proposed structures give sufficient degrees of freedom to control the beamsteering angles by varying the dielectric constants and geometries of these structures and can form simultaneous multiple low overlapping beams. This approach increases the gain of the radiating source resulting in highly directive beams; our studies suggest that sufficient dielectric and shape parameters are available so that electrical tuning of beamformer parameters is possible. These structures are designed for a 1x3 microstrip patch antenna to demonstrate the formation of three simultaneous low overlapping beams. The effects on bandwidth are negligible upto 4.4%, and scanning angle of 180° has been achieved by using vertically oriented dielectric wedges. 6 dB gain enhancement and the capability to scale to larger 2D arrays have also been demonstrated. Full wave simulation results in Ansys HFSS are provided to demonstrate the proposed techniques, and validation is done in CST MWS.

2021-10-10 PIER M Vol. 105, 55-65, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERM21082606

Performance Comparison of Spoke Array Fault Tolerant PM Vernier Rim Driven Machine with Different Numbers of Flux Modulation Poles

Tianhuai Qiao, Jingwei Zhu, and Xiaoyi Wang

In this paper, the effect of flux modulation pole (FMP) number on the performance of a spoke array fault tolerant permanent magnet vernier rim driven machine (SA-FTPMV-RDM) is studied. Firstly, a hybrid stator is adopted in this machine in which armature teeth and isolation teeth are arranged alternatively, and the winding type is single-layer fractional slot concentrated winding (SL-FSCW). Spoke array magnet is employed in the rotor of the machine to achieve flux focusing effect. Then the parameter scanning method is used to optimize the FMP pitch ratio, isolation tooth width ratio, FMP height, and permanent magnet thickness under different numbers of FMPs. It is concluded that there is an optimal FMP number for 12 slots SA-FTPMV-RDM to maximize the torque. Finally, the electromagnetic performances of the optimized machines with different number of FMP are compared by using the finite element analysis (FEA). The results show that the machine with the optimal number of FMPs has the highest torque density and efficiency, strong fault tolerance, but relatively large torque ripple.

2021-10-01 PIER M Vol. 105, 45-54, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERM21071207

High-Sensitive Mid-Infrared Photonic Crystal Sensor Using Slotted-Waveguide Coupled-Cavity

Hadjira Tayoub, Abdesselam Hocini, and Ahlam Harhouz

In this paper, a novel high-sensitive mid-infrared photonic crystal-based slotted-waveguide coupled-cavity sensor to behave as a refractive index sensing device is proposed at mid-infrared wavelength of 3.9 µm. We determine the sensitivity of our sensor by detecting the shift in the resonance wavelength as a function of the refractive index variations in the region around the cavity. Comparison between mid-infrared photonic crystal-based slotted-waveguide coupled-cavity with mid-infrared photonic crystal-based slotted-waveguide shows a higher sensitivity to refractive index changes. The sensitivity can be improved from 938 nm/per refractive index unit (RIU) to 1161 nm/RIU within the range of n = 1 - 1.05 with an increment of 0.01 RIU in the wavelength range of 3.3651 µm to 4.1198 µm by creating a microcavity within the proposed structure, calculated quality factor (Q-factor) of 1.0821 x 107 giving a sensor figure of merit (FOM) up to 2.917 x 106, and a low detection limit of 3.9 × 10-6 RIU. Furthermore, an overall sensitivity is calculated to be around S = 1343.2 nm/RIU for the case of higher refractive indices of analytes within the range of n = 1 - 1.2 with an increment of 0.05 RIU. The described work and the achieved results by performing 2D-finite-difference time-domain (2D-FDTD) simulations confirm the capability to realize a commercially viable miniaturized and highly sensitive mid-infrared photonic crystal based slotted-waveguide coupled cavity sensor.

2021-09-30 PIER M Vol. 105, 31-44, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERM21080405

Numerical Computation of SAR in Human Head with Transparent Shields Using Transmission Line Method

Pudipeddi Sai Spandana and Pappu V. Y. Jayasree

The tremendous proliferation of mobile smartphone handsets and their usage worldwide makes human life comfortable, while the radiation hazards associated with them are alarming, especially among children. There is a necessity to minimize the Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) radiation levels. For the evaluation of Radio Frequency (RF) radiation from the mobile phone, one of the dosimetric parameters used is the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR). The RF radiation can be mitigated by incorporating a barrier or a shield of suitable material in the mobile handset design. In the proposed work, the analysis of SAR evaluation absorbed by the human head is determined with the performance of the shielding material called Shielding Effectiveness (SE) using Transmission Line Method (TLM) mathematically. The proposed shielding materials are composed of flexible and transparent thin films. Flexible and transparent thin shielding materials are advantageous over the other shielding materials in reduced size, less weight, non-corrosiveness, and easy processing. These materials include highly conductive Silver film, Silver Nanowire(AgNW) doped with PDDA (poly(diallyldimethyl-ammonium chloride)) polymer single shields, and a laminated shield comprising AgNW/PDDA with PEDOT:PSS (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)poly-styrene sulfonate) polymer as lamination. The SARs of planar multi-layered human head models for different ages are estimated at various mobile frequencies with these shields. Under four-layered head models at 6 GHz, adult and child heads absorb 0.0006 W/Kg and 0.000024 W/Kg of RF radiation using pristine Silver film as a single shield. Using a single shield of Ag nanowire and PDDA, the adult and child heads absorb SARs of 0.00058 W/Kg and 0.000023 W/Kg, respectively. With the laminated shield of AgNW/PDDA and PEDOT:PSS as coating material, the same models are exposed to minimal amounts of 0.00054 W/Kg and 0.000012 W/Kg of SAR. At 6 GHz frequency, under seven-layered head models, an adult and a child's head absorb 0.000047 W/Kg and 0.000002 W/Kg of power, respectively, using Ag film. With AgNW/PDDA shield, the adult and child heads absorb a SAR of 0.000046 W/Kg and 0.0000019 W/Kg, respectively. The SARs of 0.000043 W/Kg and a negligible value of 0.0000018 W/Kg are absorbed by adult and child heads individually with the help of AgNW/PDDA/PEDOT:PSS laminated shield. The results exhibit a significant amount of reduction in Specific Absorption Rate with transparent shielding materials compared to SAR absorbed by the head without any shield. This maximum RF exposure rate reduction from mobile phones with the Ag Nanowire/PDDA/PEDOT:PSS laminated shield is achieved for a seven-layered child head model.

2021-09-30 PIER M Vol. 105, 21-30, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERM21081203

A New Coupled-Line Based Dual-Band Branch-Line Coupler with Port-Extensions

Rakibul Islam, Asif I. Omi, Mohammad A. Maktoomi, Christine Zakzewski, and Praveen Kumar Sekhar

In this paper, a coupled-line based dual-band branch-line coupler with port-extensions is presented. The configuration of the coupler consists of a single coupled-lines section, two transmission lines, and an easy to analyze L-section impedance matching network at all four ports of the coupler. A detailed theoretical analysis is carried out to obtain the closed-form design equations to determine the design parameters of the coupling structure. It is observed that the proposed dual-band coupler can support wide band-ratio and arbitrary power division. To validate the proposed design concept, a prototype working at 0.9 GHz and 1.8 GHz is fabricated on a 60 mil Rogers 4003C substrate exhibiting excellent match between the simulated and measured results.

2021-09-24 PIER M Vol. 105, 9-20, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERM21071204

Ultra-Wideband RCS Reduction of Circular Polarization Slot Antenna Array Based on Polarization Conversion Structures and Frequency-Selective Rasorber

Yu-Xing Zhang, Yong-Ling Ban, and Chow-Yen-Desmond Sim

This paper proposes an absorption-transmission-absorption (A-T-A) type frequency-selective rasorber (FSR) with high selectivity that is loaded above a polarization conversion structure (PCS) and applied to a circular polarization (CP) slot antenna array for ultra-wideband radar cross section (RCS) reduction. Outside the operational frequency band (out-of-band) of the antenna, the energy of the incident electromagnetic (EM) wave is directly absorbed by the FSR, whereas from within the operational frequency band (in-band) of the antenna, the incident EM wave penetrates the FSR and irradiates it on the PCS placed on the lower layer of the FSR structure, which meets the phase cancellation condition and is diffused at the same time, thereby realizing the in-band RCS reduction. Due to the lower insertion loss in the passband, higher quality factor (Q value) in the transmission band, and wider absorption band, the proposed FSR can minimize the gain loss (only 0.2 dB) of the CP slot antenna array and widen the RCS reduction bandwidth to 135.5% (5-26 GHz). In addition, due to the central symmetry of the FSR and PCS structures, the CP slot antenna array has monostatic RCS reduction performance for both horizontally polarized (HP) and vertically polarized (VP) incoming waves.

2021-09-15 PIER M Vol. 105, 1-8, 2021. doi:10.2528/PIERM21071904

Evaluation of the Influence of a Field-Less Electrostatic Potential on Electron Beam Deflection as Predicted by Weber Electrodynamics

Martin Tajmar and Marcel Weikert

Assis predicted that based on Weber's electrodynamics, an alternative direct-action model formulated before Maxwell, a charge accelerating inside a sphere at constant electric potential, should have a measureable effective mass. Although initially some experiments appeared in the literature that indeed claimed such an effect, all recent studies found no evidence. All experiments so far used either discharges or electrons with non-constant accelerations that could mask the existence of Assis's prediction. We performed an experiment using a Perrin tube, which produces a beam of electrons with a constant velocity that can be deflected by Helmholtz coils to hit a Faraday cup. The tube assembly was put inside a spherical shell, which could be charged up to 20 kV. Any effective mass of the electrons would have changed their position on the Faraday cup. We found no variation of the electron position within our experimental accuracy, which rules out Assis's effect by two orders of magnitude. This confirms Maxwell's theory and the fact that electrostatic potential energy cannot be localized to individual charges.