Theory and Applications of a Uniplanar Transmission-Line Metamaterial-Inspired Electromagnetic Bandgap Structure

  • Author / Creator
    Barth, Stuart E
  • A multitude of planar electromagnetic bandgap structures (EBGs) have been proposed for the suppression of parallel-plate waveguide (PPW) and surface-wave (SW) modes at microwave frequencies. Some of these structures have been well-modelled with transmission-line theory, however, these structures typically employ vias which prevent these structures from being used at high frequencies or in low-cost applications, where vias can be difficult or expensive to manufacture. Alternatively, EBGs have been proposed which overcome this limitation with a uniplanar design, such that they are simple to manufacture using standard lithographic processes. However, these structures generally suffer from the lack of a rigorous model, such that the bandgap properties are difficult to control without changing the overall size of the EBG. This work seeks to overcome this limitation through the development of a uniplanar EBG structure which is shown to be well-described by a proposed multiconductor transmission-line model. Transmission-line metamaterial techniques are then used to miniaturize the EBG's constituent unit cells, without any loss of model accuracy. Although this EBG is inherently one-dimensional, it is shown that it can be arranged radially to effect suppression in two dimensions. The EBG is created by loading the coplanar waveguide (CPW) conductors of a shielded, conductor-backed CPW (S-CBCPW) structure with series capacitors and shunt inductors, as inspired by transmission-line metamaterials. The bandgaps used in this work are shown to arise through modal coupling, in which the loaded CPW mode couples with the PPW and/or SW modes to prevent the transmission of power. To demonstrate the effectiveness and versatility of this EBG, it is applied to two applications: the suppression of parallel-plate noise between two vias at X-band, and the suppression of the SW mode on a GPS antenna ground plane at L-band. It is shown that the full-wave simulated results agree well with the periodic analysis of the equivalent-circuit model developed in this work. Finally, the designed EBGs were manufactured and tested to verify these results. Several avenues of further study and applications are suggested.

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    Fall 2015
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    Master of Science
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