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A D-band 3D printed antenna

Gu, Chao, Gao, Steven, Fusco, Vincent, Gibbons, Gregory, Sanz-Izquierdo, Benito, Standaert, Alexander, Reynaert, Patrick, Bösch, Wolfgang, Gadringer, Michael, Xu, Rui, and others. (2020) A D-band 3D printed antenna. IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, . ISSN 0018-926X. (doi:10.1109/TTHZ.2020.2986650) (KAR id:81234)


This paper reports the design and fabrication of a novel all-metal antenna operating in the millimeter-wave band. Based on the resonant cavity antenna (RCA) concept, the principle of antenna operation is explained, and a parametric study of several key design parameters is provided. A novel impedance matching technique is introduced to broaden the antenna return loss bandwidth. Two gain enhancement methods have been employed to achieve a more directive beam with reduced side lobes and back lobes. The D-band antenna prototypes are produced using i) all-metal printing without any post-processing; ii) dielectric printing with copper metallization applied later. Comparisons of the simulated and measured results amongst the antennas fabricated using the two additive manufacturing techniques are made. Measurement results of the two antenna prototypes show that the proposed design can achieve a 14.2% bandwidth with a maximum gain of 15.5 dBi at 135 GHz. The present work is the first D-band resonant cavity antenna fabricated using two different 3D printing methods.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/TTHZ.2020.2986650
Uncontrolled keywords: Antennas; THz antennas
Subjects: Q Science
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > TK6540 Radio > TK6570.M6 Mobile communication systems
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Funders: Organisations -1 not found.
Depositing User: Steven Gao
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 13:37 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 17:53 UTC
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Gu, Chao.

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Gao, Steven.

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Sanz-Izquierdo, Benito.

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