Micromachined antennas with reduced effective dielectric constants

Rhonda R Franklin, Linda P.B. Katehi

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The objective of this work is to illustrate the capability to develop low cost microstrip antennas that offer improved performance on high dielectric materials by locally reducing the effective dielectric constant. Typically, patch antennas exhibit poor performance on high index materials due to pronounced excitation of surface waves. This paper presents the development and characterization of a microstrip antenna that has been fabricated using Si-based micromachining techniques. Two antennas are designed to operate at similar frequencies where one is implemented on a full thickness silicon substrate while the other is formed on an silicon-air substrate that has a 1:1 thickness ratio. The design and testing procedures are described herein, followed by measured results of the antenna performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication1995 25th European Microwave Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780000000002
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes
Event25th European Microwave Conference, EuMC 1995 - Bologna, Italy
Duration: Sep 4 1995 → …


Other25th European Microwave Conference, EuMC 1995
Period9/4/95 → …


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