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June 2008, Volume 17, Number 2

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A. K. Skrivervik, J. F. Zurcher [references] [full-text]
Terminal Antenna Design

This paper introduces first some general considerations about antenna miniaturization and multi-band terminal antenna design. These general design principles are then illustrated on some practical applications.

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Keywords: Electrically small antenna, antenna design, multi-frequency antenna

M. Martinez-Vazquez, R. Serrano, J. Carlsson, A. K. Skrivervik [references] [full-text]
Terminal Antennas in ACE2

The ACE Network of Excellence was a European Commission funded Network of Excellence, which lasted from 2004 to 2007. One of the activities performed by this Network was in the frame of terminal antennas. In this activity, three aspects were covered in three projects: Small antenna technologies, small terminal antenna technologies and benchmarking of small terminal antennas measurement facilities. The overall aim was to identify the newest trends in antenna design and measurement for personal communications devices, and suggest novel solutions and design methodologies for various applications. The results of this work are presented in this paper.

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Keywords: Terminal antennas, small antenna measurement, antenna technology

J. Guterman, A. A. Moreira, C. Peixeiro, Y. Rahmat-Samii [references] [full-text]
User Interaction with Inverted-F Antennas Integrated into Laptop PCMCIA Cards

This paper evaluates the overall laptop integration effects on the performance of commercial 2.4 GHz Inverted-F antennas built into PCMCIA cards. A generic laptop model is used to represent the antenna housing effects while an anatomical shape homogenous human model is used to estimate the electromagnetic interaction between the antenna and the user. The antenna performance is evaluated for different card locations in terms of reflection coefficient, far-field gain pattern and radiation efficiency. The human exposure to EM radiation is analyzed in terms of Specific Absorption Rate.

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Keywords: Laptop antennas, inverted-F antennas, electromagnetic human interaction, wireless communications

N. Farahat, R. Mittra, K. Lugo, L. Ma, R. A. Gomez [references] [full-text]
Analysis of Highly Directive Cavity-Type Configurations Comprising of Low Profile Antennas Covered by Superstrates

In this paper we present a technique for designing antenna/superstrate composites to produce enhanced directivities. As a first step, we study the underlying mechanism that governs the performance of theses antennas by studying the canonical problem of a line source in a rectangular waveguide. The above problem is solved by constructing the Green’s function corresponding to the line source in the rectangular guide, one of whose walls is partially reflecting, that is can leak electromagnetic energy into the space external to the guide. The Green’s function for this problem can be constructed by aggregating the multiple reflections from the two walls. Although the above model is only two-dimensional, we show that it can be used to predict the performance of antenna/superstrate composites. We demonstrate this by modeling several highly directive antennas and show that indeed the required characteristics of this type of antennas can be determined from the analysis of the cutoff behavior of the rectangular guide.

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Keywords: Highly directivity antennas, frequency selective surfaces

F. Caminita, A. Cucini, S. Maci [references] [full-text]
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This paper presents a method for the efficient analysis of multilayer frequency selective surfaces (FSSs) integrated with phased array of open-ended waveguides. The method is based on the assumption that all the periodic surfaces are arranged on the same spatial lattice (of arbitrary shape). The whole structure is represented as an equivalent multi-mode transmission line network, where each interface is characterized by an equivalent Generalized Scattering Matrix (GSM), computed through a fullwave analysis. To reduce the computational effort of the analysis a fast adaptive interpolation algorithm for the scattering matrix entries is included.

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Keywords: Frequency selective surface, generalized scattering matrix, open-ended waveguide arrays

V. Papamichael, M. Karaboikis, C. Soras, V. Makios [references] [full-text]
Diversity and MIMO Performance Evaluation of Common Phase Center Multi Element Antenna Systems

The diversity and Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) performance provided by common phase center multi element antenna (CPCMEA) systems is evaluated using two practical methods which make use of the realized active element antenna patterns. These patterns include both the impact of the mutual coupling and the mismatch power loss at antenna ports. As a case study, two and four printed Inverted F Antenna (IFA) systems are evaluated by means of Effective Diversity Gain (EDG) and Capacity (C). EDG is measured in terms of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) enhancement at a specific outage probability and in terms of the SNR reduction for achieving a desired average bit error rate (BER). The concept of receive antenna selection in MIMO systems is also investigated and the simulation results show a 43% improvement in the 1% outage C of a reconfigurable 2x2 MIMO system over a fixed 2x2 one.

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Keywords: Antenna diversity, bit error rate, effective diversity gain, MIMO capacity, printed circuit antennas, receive antenna selection

S. Vergerio, J. P. Rossi, P. Sabouroux [references] [full-text]
MIMO Capacity Estimation at 2 GHz with a Ray Model in Urban Cellular Environment

MIMO technology promises a linear increase of capacity in function of the minimum antenna number at the transmitter and at the receiver. In order to test if these performances can be actually met in mobile communications, we propose here a study of MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) capacity in urban cellular environment at 2 GHz with a help of an efficient ray propagation model. We have tested different types of base station antennas (vertically or ±45° polarized) and two different types of mobile. Capacity is found to significantly increase between SISO (Single Input Single Output) and MIMO systems, but less than usually expected. We show that return and coupling losses as low as 10% can also reduce significantly the capacity. On the other hand, we study the influence of the way to take into account received power level on the MIMO capacity estimation.

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Keywords: Capacity, cellular environment, diversity, directivity, losses, multiple antennas

A. M. Vegni, A. Di-Nepi, A. Neri, C. Vegni [references] [full-text]
Local Positioning Services on IEEE 802.11 Networks

This paper deals with localization services in IEEE 802.11 networks, for indoor environment. The proposed solution processes the Time Of Arrival of location packets sent by a Mobile Terminal, that makes access in a IEEE 802.11 network. A set of Location Supporting Nodes and a Location Support Server composes an indoor location services architecture. A fully compatible IEEE 802.11 Localization Services protocol supporting data exchange related to both TOA measurement and processing is reported. Simulation results show the method efficiency in both IEEE 802.11 PCF and DCF modes. Assessment of the maximum number of users for which location services can be provided is also reported. Since high localization accuracy requires large bandwidth, a broadband antenna for LSN and LSS was designed. The related results are reported in the second part of the paper. The antenna works at 5.0 GHz (centre frequency) in broadband mode and is matched on the wireless operating frequencies with a percentage more than 8% (1:1.5 VSWR).

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Keywords: Indoor localization services, IEEE 802.11, TOA, antenna array

Y. Kadoya, M. Onuma, S. Yanagi, T. Ohkubo, N. Sato, J. Kitagawa [references] [full-text]
THz Wave Propagation on Strip Lines: Devices, Properties, and Applications

We report the propagation characteristics of THz pulses on micro-strip-lines and coplanar strip-lines, in which low permittivity polymer materials are used as the dielectric layer or the substrate. As a result of the low attenuation and small dispersion in the devices, the spectral width up to 3 THz can be achieved even after the 1 mm propagation. Spectroscopic characterizations of liquid or powder specimens are demonstrated using the devices. We also show a possibility of realizing a very low attenuation using a quadrupole mode in three strip coplanar lines on the polymer substrate.

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S. E. Lauro, A. Toscano, L. Vegni [references] [full-text]
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In this paper, we show how metamaterials can be used to enhance the coupling values of microstrip directional couplers. Coupling between regular coplanar microstrip lines, in fact, is limited, due to the small ratios between the characteristic impedances of even and odd TEM modes supported by the structure. The broadside configuration or the employment of an overlay are often utilized to overcome this limitation, leading, however, to more bulky components. On the other hand, the employment of metamaterials with a negative real part of the permittivity is able to increase the coupling values, while keeping the profile of the structure very low. A quasi-static model of the structure is developed and physical insights on the operation of the proposed component and on the role of the metamaterial loading are also given. Simple design formulae derived through a conformal mapping technique are presented and validated through proper full wave numerical simulations.

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S. Radionov, I. Ivanchenko, A. Korolev, N. Popenko [references] [full-text]
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The original design of the compact broadband direction-finder is presented in this paper. The cylindrical monopole antenna serves as a primary source of the reflector- type antenna. \"Zero-amplitude\" technique is used for bearing the SHF sources. The model experiments with the proposed direction-finder prototype in the frequency band 6 GHz – 11 GHz have been carried out.

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Keywords: Mobile communication, direction-finder, antenna measurement, antenna radiation pattern, \"zero-amplitude\" technique

E. Ugarte-Munoz, F. J. Herraiz-Martinez, V. Gonzalez-Posadas, D. Segovia-Vargas [references] [full-text]
Patch Antenna Based on Metamaterials for a RFID Transponder

In this paper a self-diplexed antenna is proposed for a RFID transponder application. The development cycle is divided into two stages: antenna design and filters design. The antenna is based on a square microstrip patch filled with metamaterial structures. The inclusion of these structures allows simultaneous operation over several frequencies, which can be arbitrarily chosen. The antenna working frequencies are chosen to be 2.45 GHz (receiver) and 1.45 GHz (transmitter). In addition, the antenna is fed through two orthogonal coupled microstrip lines, what provides higher isolation between both ports. Some filters based on metamaterial particles are coupled or connected to the antenna feeding microstrip lines to avoid undesired interferences. This approach avoids using of an external filter or diplexer, providing larger size reduction and a compact self-diplexed antenna.

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Keywords: Metamaterials, self-diplexed antennas, RFID, microstrip patch antennas

R. Chernobrovkin, I. Ivanchenko, L. P. Ligthart, A. Korolev, N. Popenko [references] [full-text]
Wide-Angle X-Band Antenna Array with Novel Radiating Elements

An antenna array with wide-angle beam steering is presented in this paper. The antenna consists of dielectrically filled open-ended waveguides with a new type of excitation as individual radiators. The characteristics of the radiator have been analyzed. The novel radiator has a wide beamwidth and the frequency band of around 21%. Following the computational modeling and experimental investigations the characteristics of the antenna array for scan angles up to 50° are discussed.

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Keywords: Antenna array, open-ended waveguide, near-field measurements,radiation pattern

D. Bonefacic, B. Rapinac [references] [full-text]
Small H-shaped Shorted Patch Antennas

Four H-shaped shorted patch antennas with reduced dimensions are developed by using several techniques for size reduction of patch antennas. Step-by-step approach shows the obtainable reduction in size. All antennas are designed for operation at 2 GHz. Calculation results for all antennas are compared with measurement results on antenna prototypes. Antenna input impedances, radiation patterns and gains are measured. Good agreement between calculated and measured values is obtained. Both calculated and measured results are used to compare the advantages and disadvantages of the applied miniaturization techniques.

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Keywords: Microstrip antenna, small antenna, shorted patch antenna

B. Estebanez, J. Gutierrez-Rios, J. Vassallo-Saco, A. Tazon, J. Vassallo-Sanz [references] [full-text]
The Use of the Fluorescence to the Study of the Water Quality

We present a work proposal now in course that is based on the study of the fluorescence in cyanobacteria and toxicity, and the possibility of detecting their presence in freshwater environment, with a direct application in water assessment. The proposal is a consequence of a previous study about the fluorescence generated by hydrocarbon residue on the sea surface.
In the first part of this work we present a review of results obtained from the analysis of hydrocarbon samples from the \"prestige\" oil spill accident and other referential hydrocarbons. In the second part we show the capability of this technique for the development of probes to explore the water quality.

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Keywords: Fluorosensing, fluorometry, detection of contaminant substances

G. Sisul, B. Modlic, M. Cvitkovic [references] [full-text]
Simple and Low-Cost Realization of RDS Encoder

This paper presents a simple and easy way of realization of RDS encoder. Autonomous equipment which is capable to generate wanted data stream, modulate that data stream and mixed generated signal with stereo or mono FM composite multiplex signal is simulated and produced.
Parts of encoder are described, simulated and measured. The use of RDS makes FM receivers more user-friendly. With this simple and cheap RDS encoder, smaller FM broadcasters have a chance to improve business ability.

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Keywords: FM, RDS, D/A Converter, ATmega8, MFB filter, DSB-SC

I. Lujo, P. Klokoc, T. Komljenovic, M. Bosiljevac, Z. Sipus [references] [full-text]
Fiber-Optic Vibration Sensor Based on Multimode Fiber

The purpose of this paper is to present a fiberoptic vibration sensor based on the monitoring of the mode distribution in a multimode optical fiber. Detection of vibrations and their parameters is possible through observation of the output speckle pattern from the multimode optical fiber. A working experimental model has been built in which all used components are widely available and cheap: a CCD camera (a simple web-cam), a multimode laser in visible range as a light source, a length of multimode optical fiber, and a computer for signal processing. Measurements have shown good agreement with the actual frequency of vibrations, and promising results were achieved with the amplitude measurements although they require some adaptation of the experimental model. Proposed sensor is cheap and lightweight and therefore presents an interesting alternative for monitoring large smart structures.

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Keywords: Optical sensors, vibration measurements, multimode fiber

J. Lacik, Z. Lukes, Z. Raida [references] [full-text]
On Using Ray-Launching Method for Modeling Rotational Spectrometer

In this paper the ray-launching method is developed and used for the modeling of a rotational spectrometer. Since the electrical size of the spectrometer is several thousands times longer compared to the wavelength, the presented approach is much suitable for the analysis of such huge devices than the classical numerical exact methods such as the fast integral methods.
The accuracy of the developed approach is verified on an analysis of a spectrometer component – a lens. Firstly, the lens is analyzed in CST Microwave Studio, and secondly, by the developed ray-launching method. Comparisons show that the accuracy of the developed approach is good.

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