Cut-Off Circular Waveguide Method for Dielectric Substrate Measurements in Millimeter Wave Range


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E87-C    No.5    pp.672-680
Publication Date: 2004/05/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Advances in Characterization and Measurement Technologies for Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Materials, Devices and Circuits)
Category: General Methods, Materials, and Passive Circuits
cut-off circular waveguide method,  millimeter wave,  dielectric substrate measurement,  

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A novel resonator structure for the cut-off circular waveguide method is proposed to suppress the unwanted TE modes in the axial direction and TM modes in the radial direction. In this method, a dielectric plate sample is placed between two copper circular cylinders and clamped by two clips. The cylinder regions constitute the TE0m mode cut-off waveguides. The measurement principle is based on a rigorous analysis by the Ritz-Galerkin method. Many resonance modes observed in the measurement can be identified effectively by mode charts. In order to verify the validity of the novel structure for this method, the temperature dependences for three low-loss organic material plates were measured in the frequency range 40 to 50 GHz. It is found that modified polyolefin plates have comparable electric characteristics and low price, compared with PTFE plates. Moreover, it is verified that the novel resonator structure is effective in improvement of accuracy and stability in measurement. The measurement precisions are estimated within 1 percent for εr and within 15 percent for tan δ.