In this communication, a systematic approach for design of planar monopole ultra-wideband (UWB; 3.1~10.6 GHz) antenna for wireless USB dongle has been proposed. The simple planar monopole antenna consists of a rectangular metallic radiating patch whose modal analysis is carried out first by means of the Theory of Characteristic Modes (TCM), in order to identify the different radiating modes and get the physical insights of these radiating modes of the antenna. Further, based on the physical evidences obtained from the radiating modes of the similar planar monopole antenna, a bevel transition feed with rectangular slot has been used to enhance the bandwidth and obtain the desired radiation characteristics of the proposed antenna. The modal analysis is carried out using characteristic modes (CM) analysis tool in CADFEKO 7.0 simulation software. The proposed antenna exhibits a very compact dimensions of 12 mm × 16 mm × 5 mm and yields a good insights in simulated and measured impedance bandwidth of 3.1~12 GHz with VSWR < 2. Furthermore, the proposed antenna exhibits symmetrical radiation patterns, stable-high gain and efficiency and ultra-wide bandwidth making it suitable candidate for practical UWB-USB applications.
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