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A High-Efficiency Circularly-Polarized Aperture Array Antenna with a Corporate-Feed Circuit in the 60 GHz Band
Yohei MIURA Jiro HIROKAWA Makoto ANDO Kazufumi IGARASHI Goro YOSHIDA
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics
Publication Date: 2011/10/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Technology)
Category: Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Antennas
array antenna, corporate-feed, circular polarized wave, high efficiency,
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A circularly-polarized planar array antenna using hexagonal aperture elements is proposed. A 22-element subarray as the basic unit is excited by a corporate-feed circuit located in the lower layer of the double-layered antenna. The hexagonal aperture is designed to achieve a good axial ratio in the boresight. A 1616-element array antenna with uniform element spacing smaller than the free-space wavelength was fabricated by diffusion bonding of laminated thin metal plates for the 60 GHz-band. The high gain of 33.4 dBic is measured with 91.6% antenna efficiency, including losses.