Design of a Microstrip Patch Antenna Array for Airborne SAR Applications


Vetharatnam, G. and Chung, B. K. and Chuah, H. T. (2005) Design of a Microstrip Patch Antenna Array for Airborne SAR Applications. Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications, 19 (12). pp. 1687-1701. ISSN 0920-5071

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A microstrip patch antenna array has been developed for a C-band airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar. The antenna operates at 6 GHz with a bandwidth of 168 MHz (SWR < 1.5). It is a rectangular patch fed by a probe from a feed network placed behind the ground plane. A cost effective substrate with low dielectric constant and moderate loss is used for the patch and feed network. The antenna has an optimally shaped beam pattern (with a beamwidth of 24 degrees) in the E-plane with the sidelobe suppressed by 15 dB. In the H-plane, a narrow beamwidth of 3 degrees is designed with the sidelobes suppressed by 30 dB. The antenna achieved a gain of 21.2 dBi. A practical method to compensate for the losses in the feed distribution network is introduced.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering (FOE)
Depositing User: Ms Rosnani Abd Wahab
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2011 02:03
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2013 06:35


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