A novel EBG structure in the form of a square spiral cell with a via at its middle is presented in this work to improve the isolation between the antenna elements and also enhance the overall parameters of the proposed MIMO system. Wide BW is achieved for the 6-elements MIMO system operating in the frequency range from 3 GHz to 5 GHz which is suitable for 5G mobile applications. The single antenna element consists of four coupled sections printed on an FR4 substrate. To improve the performance and maintain the BW, the EBG structure is employed to increase the isolation between the antenna elements. The proposed EBG is designed to have a bandgap from 2.5 GHz to 6.5 GHz. The addition of the EBG structure between the radiating elements reduces the envelope correlation coefficient across the whole operating BW. SAR calculations are also performed using head and hand models. The performance of the proposed EBG loaded MIMO antenna is suitable to be a potential competitor for future 5G applications.
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