Connected Post-Wall (C-PW) Waveguide for Efficient Design of Broad Wall Slots by Using Equivalent Solid-Wall Waveguide

Jae-Ho LEE  Kimio SAKURAI  Jiro HIROKAWA  Makoto ANDO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E93-C    No.7    pp.1038-1046
Publication Date: 2010/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1587/transele.E93.C.1038
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Recent Progress in Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Technologies)
post-wall waveguide,  substrate integrated waveguide (SIW),  laminated waveguide,  connected post-wall (C-PW),  slotted waveguide,  

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Post-wall waveguide slot arrays are potential candidates for millimeter-wave systems. The modeling of the post-walls by the equivalent solid-walls in terms of guided wavelength is indispensable for intensive optimization of slot design for reducing computational load. In the single mode waveguide slot arrays, the modeling errors of the post-wall waveguide by the solid-wall waveguide are serious especially for the transversely located slots. The S-parameter prediction errors become larger as we increase the height of the waveguide to utilize the low-loss advantage of the waveguide. The authors propose a novel post-wall waveguide structure, named as a connected post-wall (C-PW), to enhance the equivalence. The C-PW waveguide keeps enhanced equivalence to the solid-walls even for a larger substrate height. The predictions are confirmed by simulations and measurements. An 8-element linear array of reflection-cancelling slot pairs is designed by using the equivalent solid-wall model to demonstrate the feasibility of the simple design in the C-PW.