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Title: High gain dual-band beam-steering transmit array for Satcom terminals at Ka-band
Authors: Matos, S.
Lima, E. B.
Silva, J. S.
Costa, J. R.
Fernandes, C. A.
Fonseca, N. J. G.
Mosig, J. R.
Keywords: Dual band
Flat lens
Frequency selective surface
Mechanical scanning
Satellite-on-the-move (SOTM)
Transmit arrays
Wireless communication network
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: IEEE - Institute of electrical electronics and engineers
Abstract: Transmit array design is more challenging for dual-band operation than for single band, due to the independent 360° phase wrapping jumps needed at each band when large electrical length compensation is involved. This happens when aiming at large gains, typically above 25 dBi with beam scanning and F/D?1 . No such designs have been reported in the literature. A general method is presented here to reduce the complexity of dual-band transmit array design, valid for arbitrarily large phase error compensation and any band ratio, using a finite number of different unit cells. The procedure is demonstrated for two offset transmit array implementations operating in circular polarization at 20 GHz(Rx) and 30 GHz(Tx) for Ka-band satellite-on-the-move terminals with mechanical beam-steering. An appropriate set of 30 dual-band unit cells is developed with transmission coefficient greater than ?0.9 dB. The full-size transmit array is characterized by full-wave simulation enabling elevation beam scanning over 0°–50° with gains reaching 26 dBi at 20 GHz and 29 dBi at 30 GHz. A smaller prototype was fabricated and measured, showing a measured gain of 24 dBi at 20 GHz and 27 dBi at 30 GHz. In both cases, the beam pointing direction is coincident over the two frequency bands, and thus confirming the proposed design procedure.
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1109/TAP.2017.2702658
ISSN: 0018-926X
Accession number: WOS:000405395500024
Appears in Collections:IT-RI - Artigo em revista internacional com arbitragem científica

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