Rigorous TE solution to the dielectric wedge antenna fed by a slab waveguide

Gerald M. Whitman, Chairat Pinthong, Wan Yu Chen, Felix K. Schwering

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Abstract

A rigorous TE solution to the dielectric wedge antenna fed by a slab waveguide of the same material is presented. The method of solution involves modeling the wedge as a sequence of step discontinuities and uses an iterative procedure to track forward and backward partial wave fields, expressed as modal ex-., pansions, to obtain the rigorous field solution. Radiation patterns of directive gain are presented. All patterns smoothly decrease from a maximum in the endfire direction and exhibit extremely low side lobe levels. Longer length wedges or smaller dielectric constant materials are shown to produce higher directivity and smaller half-power beamwidths. For slender, gradually tapered wedges, the reflection coefficient of the guided (surface) wave at the input to the wedge is very small indicating a low VSWR for tapered dielectric antennas and there appears to be no gain limitation with antenna length for these antennas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-113
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Keywords

  • Dielectric antenna
  • Dielectric wedge antenna
  • Mode-matching
  • Tapered dielectric rod antenna

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