Wideband reconfigurable antennas

Hamid, Mohamad Rijal (2011). Wideband reconfigurable antennas. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.


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The work described in this thesis concerns the combining of wideband and reconfigurable narrow band functionality into a single antenna. This concept may be useful in reducing size and to give flexibility to a wireless terminal to operate in several different modes. The approach also offers additional pre-filtering to the front-end, which reduces the interference levels at the receiver, giving them a significant advantage over fixed non reconfigurable transceivers. Wideband-narrowband reconfiguration is potentially useful for future wireless communications such as software defined radio and cognitive radio, since they may employ wideband sensing and reconfigurable narrowband communications. Five novel reconfigurable antennas are presented. One is a switchable log periodic patch array and four are Vivaldi antennas with various forms of reconfiguration. The log periodic is reconfigured by placing switches between the patches and the feed line whilst the Vivaldi antenna has switched resonators controlling the current in the edges of the tapered slots. Wideband to various narrowband functions, wideband with a tunable band rejection having a very wide tuning ratio, and combined three function wide, narrow and tunable band rejection in a single antenna are demonstrated. Prototypes are presented with PIN diode switches, varactors, fixed capacitor or hard wire switches. Measured and simulated results with a very good agreement are presented, thus verifying the proposed concepts.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Engineering, Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1560


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