Near-Field Focused Array Antenna with Frequency-Tunable Focal Distance

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Author(s)

  • Peng-Fa Li
  • Shi-Wei Qu
  • Shiwen Yang
  • Yuan'An Liu
  • Quan Xue

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3401-3410
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
Volume66
Issue number7
Online published13 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

Abstract

An 8 × 8 microstrip planar array antenna with near-field focused beams is presented in this paper, whose elements are series-fed in both E and H planes. The focus is designed at a distance of 200mm above the array plane at 10GHz, and by carefully designing the feed network, the focal distance can be frequency-tunable. Eventually, a steerable focal distance from 78mm to 249mm is achieved as frequency varies from 9.25 to 10.5GHz, with near-field sidelobes below -8dB. Theoretical analysis is performed firstly, which is further proven by simulations and experiments. Finally, the method of tuning the sensitivity and range of frequency scan is discussed, which is proven by numerical study. To the best of our knowledge, the proposed design is the first array approach to realize tunable focal distance without any beam-forming components.

Research Area(s)

  • Feeds, focal distance, Lenses, Microstrip, microstrip antenna, Microstrip antenna arrays, near-field focusing, phased arrays, series feed

Citation Format(s)

Near-Field Focused Array Antenna with Frequency-Tunable Focal Distance. / Li, Peng-Fa; Qu, Shi-Wei; Yang, Shiwen; Liu, Yuan'An; Xue, Quan.

In: IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Vol. 66, No. 7, 07.2018, p. 3401-3410.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal