Conducting Polymer-based Antennas
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Current advances in the electrical conductivity levels of conducting polymers (CP) and remarkable improvements in their stability are making these materials very striking potential alternatives to copper in planar antennas. This is mainly so in applications where light weight, inexpensive and conformal antennas are a consideration. There have been isolated efforts in the past towards using conducting polymer as material for antenna and transmission line design. This chapter attempts to give a methodical investigation of key factors that are significant for understanding of these materials, their design and simulation as basis material for building microwave antennas. The proposed conducting polymer-based antenna offers great mechanical flexibility and robustness which indicates its promising potential for possible seamless integration in flexible electronics.
The author (Ms Laya Varghese, MTech, CUSAT) acknowledges Prof. C K Aanandan, Professor, Department of Electronics, CUSAT, Kochi, for providing the facility for simulation and measurement.
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