Rigorous Design of Iris-Coupled Waveguide Filters by Field-Theory-Based Approach and Genetic Algorithms

Fengchao XIAO
Hatsuo YABE

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E81-C    No.6    pp.934-940
Publication Date: 1998/06/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Module Technology)
Category: Passive Element
computer-aided design,  waveguide filters,  boundary-element methods,  genetic algorithms,  

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The increasing activity at millimeter wave frequency band and the growing demand for waveguide components to be applied for integrated circuit purpose have promoted the need for applying the field-theory-based approaches to the design procedure. In this paper, genetic algorithms (GA's) are applied to accurately design the iris-coupled waveguide filters based on network-boundary element method (NBEM). GA's model the natural selection and evolve towards the global optimum, thus avoid being trapped in local minima. Network-boundary element method, which combines boundary element method with network analysis method, derives the network parameters of the guided wave structures with less storage location and central processing unit time. Therefore, NBEM is a feasible and efficient field-theory-based approach for the GA optimization of waveguide filters. With NBEM performing the task of evaluating the performance of the filter designs optimized by the GA, rigorous and optimal designs of the waveguide filters are realized. The obtained analysis and optimization results are compared to a number of reference solutions to demonstrate the validity and accuracy of the proposed approach.