A new impedance matching method for an ultra-wide band and dual circularly polarised feed

Li, S., Yan, Y. H., Wang, W., Chen, Z. J., Liu, D. H., Zhang, F. S. and Jeffrey, N. (2016) A new impedance matching method for an ultra-wide band and dual circularly polarised feed. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia, 33, e061. (doi:10.1017/pasa.2016.51)

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Abstract

In traditional antenna design, metal components are not placed in the central part of the antenna as they change the characteristics of near field radiation. However, we show that placing a metal ring in the centre of the strip lines, which connect the ends of folded high-frequency dipoles, does not damage the performance of the feed. Instead it significantly improves the voltage standing wave ratio of the feed whilst other performance indicators are not compromised. Thus, our findings show an excellent way of improving the wide band feed. Based on this foundation, a new circularly polarised feed for operation between 0.4 to 2 GHz is introduced for the Chinese Spectral Radioheliograph in this paper. The issue of a feed impedance matching network is investigated. By optimising the impedance matching, the performance of the feed is enhanced with respect to the previous realisations of the Eleven feed. The simulation and experimental results show that the gain of the feed is about 10 dBi, and the VSWR is less than 2:1. In addition, the feed has a low axial ratio, fixed phase centre location, and constant beam width in the range of 0.4 to 2 GHz.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jeffrey, Dr Natasha
Authors: Li, S., Yan, Y. H., Wang, W., Chen, Z. J., Liu, D. H., Zhang, F. S., and Jeffrey, N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia
ISSN:1323-3580
ISSN (Online):1448-6083
Published Online:13 December 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Astronomical Society of Australia
First Published:First published in Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia 33:e061
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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