A Planar Sector Antenna for Indoor High-Speed Wireless Communication Systems

Kazuhiro UEHARA  Tomohiro SEKI  Kenichi KAGOSHIMA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E79-B   No.12   pp.1773-1777
Publication Date: 1996/12/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Millimeter-wave Short-range Application Systems Technology)
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Keyword: 
sector antenna,  phased array,  multi-beam antenna,  millimeter-wave communication,  

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Summary: 
For quasi millimeter-wave and millimeter-wave high-speed wireless communications over wireless LANs and wireless ATMs, narrow beam antennas have been shown to provide high transmission quality by suppressing the troublesome multipath effect. However, the diameter of sector antennas needed to create the narrow beams rapidly increases with the sector number. In addition, the cylindrical shape of typical sector antennas does not suit portable terminals. This paper shows a methodology for designing planar sector antennas that overcomes these problems. The proposed antenna uses two kinds of beams and the antenna gains are equalized in all sectors. The antenna is developed as a 4-beam subarray fed by a planar Butler matrix circuit. The design method of the subarray and an evaluation of its characteristics in the 20 GHz band are discussed.