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Printed millimeter-wave reflectarrays

antennes Utilisant des RÉflecteurs À Motifs ImprimÉs


Periodic and quasi-periodic structures printed on a dielectric substrate can be employed to control reflection and transmission properties of incident waves as a function of structure geometry. This can be done mostly independently for both polarizations. These structures thus allow the realization of different kinds of filters and polarizers. Local variation of the element geometry on a substrate with backside metallization — resulting in respective variations of the reflection phase angle — can be employed to design printed reflectarray antennas. Including the dual polarization properties of such antennas, dual function or dual frequency antennas can be built, or these properties can be exploited for the realization of compact, low-profile folded reflector antennas. Examples for a number of antennas are presented, including dual radiation characteristics, dual frequency operation, and very compact, low loss folded reflector antennas


Des structures périodiques et quasi-périodiques, imprimées sur un substrat diélectrique peuvent être employées pour commander les propriétés de réflexion et de transmission des ondes incidentes en fonction de la structure géométrique. Ceci peut être réalisé pratiquement indépendamment pour les deux polarisations. Ainsi des structures périodiques permettent la réalisation de différents types de filtres et de polariseurs. Des variations locales de la géométrie des éléments sur un substrat avec une métallisation sur la face arrière — ayant pour résultat des variations du déphasage par réflexion — peuvent être employées pour concevoir des réflecteurs à motifs imprimés (reflectarray antennas). En tenant compte des propriétés des deux polarisations pour de telles antennes, on peut construire des antennes à double fonction ou bifréquences, mais ces propriétés peuvent aussi être exploitées pour la réalisation ďantennes à réflexion indirecte (folded reflector antennas) de faible épaisseur. Des exemples ďantennes à double fonction ou bifréquences et ďantennes à réflexion indirecte à faibles pertes sont présentés.

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Pilz, D., Menzel, W. Printed millimeter-wave reflectarrays. Ann. Télécommun. 56, 51–60 (2001).

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Key words

  • Reflector antenna
  • Printed antenna
  • Millimetric wave
  • Periodic structure
  • Orthogonal polarization
  • Telecommunication application

Mots clés

  • Multiband antenna
  • Antenne réflecteur
  • Antenne imprimée
  • Onde millimétrique
  • Structure périodique
  • Polarisation orthogonale
  • Application télécommunication
  • Antenne multibande