A Center-Feed Linear Array of Reflection-Canceling Slot Pairs on Post-Wall Waveguide

Jae-Ho LEE  Jiro HIROKAWA  Makoto ANDO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E94-B   No.1   pp.326-329
Publication Date: 2011/01/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E94.B.326
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Antennas and Propagation
center-feed array,  post-wall waveguide,  substrate integrated waveguide (SIW),  reflection-canceling slot pair,  

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Post-wall waveguide with a linear array of reflection-canceling slot pairs and center-feed is designed to cancel the frequency dependent tilting of the main beam and enhance the bandwidth of the antenna boresight gain. The array is fed at the center of the waveguide from the backside; the length of the radiating waveguide is halved and the long line effect in traveling wave operation is suppressed. Authors establish the array design procedure in separate steps to reduce the computational load in the iterative optimization by using Ansoft HFSS simulator. A center-feed linear array as well as an end-feed equivalent with uniform excitation is designed for 25.6 GHz operation and measured. The measured performances confirm the design and the advantage of the centre-feed; a frequency independent boresight beam is observed and the frequency bandwidth for 3 dB gain reduction is enhanced by 1.5 times compared to the end-feed array.