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Title: ACES Express Journal January 2016 Cover
File Type: Express Journal Paper
Issue:Volume: 1      Number: 1      Year: 2016
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Title: ACES Express Journal January 2016 Front/Back Matter
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Issue:Volume: 1      Number: 1      Year: 2016
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Title: ACES Express Journal January 2016 Full
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Issue:Volume: 1      Number: 1      Year: 2016
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Title: An Ultra-Wideband Absorber Backed Planar Slot Antenna
Abstract: Planar antenna designs have many advantages such as low-profile, light-weight, and ease of fabrication and integration. Here, a planar slot antenna implemented on ceramic substrate with coplanar waveguide feed is considered. With absorber loading the design provides 50 ? input impedance over the frequency range 0.3Ė3 GHz so it is considered ultra-wideband. This paper summarizes a numerical investigation using both frequency and timedomain solvers. The results serve to guide the future analysis of broadband antennas with lossy dielectric loading for ground penetrating radars. The evaluation of radar performance requires further simulation and model validation based on antenna measurements.
Author(s): W. O. Coburn
File Type: Express Journal Paper
Issue:Volume: 1      Number: 1      Year: 2016
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Title: Simple Configuration Low-pass Filter with Very Wide Stop Band
Abstract: In this paper, a compact microstrip low-pass filter with elliptic-function response is presented. A halfring along with two half-elliptic patch resonators is cascaded to design a compact low-pass filter with very wide stop band and high selectivity in a small circuit area. This filter has the stop band from 3.3 up to 27.57 GHz with attenuation level better than -20 dB. The proposed filter has low insertion loss in the pass band and stop band, high return loss (RL), and very wide rejection in the stop band, along with compact size and simple configuration .The filter is designed, fabricated and measured. Simulation and measurement results are presented and compared to previous researches. The results of simulations and measurements are in agreement.
Author(s): B. F. Ganji, M. Samadbeik, A. Ramezani, A. Mousavi
File Type: Express Journal Paper
Issue:Volume: 1      Number: 1      Year: 2016
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Title: GA Optimization of the Optical Directional Coupler
Abstract: Optical couplers, which are passive devices, couple optic waves through optical waveguides and can be employed in many applications, including power splitters, optical switches, wavelength filters, polarization selectors, etc. In this work, a simple, fast and instant optimization design is presented for an optical directional coupler based on Genetic Algorithms (GA). This optimization design is preferred due to its favourable usage and fast convergence capability. Finally, the designed methodology has been analytically and experimentally evaluated and the results show that the GA is an advantageous method for designing an optical element where the measurable data is obtainable instead of complex formulas.
Author(s): P. Ozkan-Bakbak
File Type: Express Journal Paper
Issue:Volume: 1      Number: 1      Year: 2016
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Title: Phased Array Beam Steering Through Serial Control of the Phase Shifters
Abstract: The commands to control the phases shifters in a phased array can be sent through a parallel or serial channel. Parallel commands simultaneously change the phase shifters, allowing the beam to nearly instantaneously hop from one direction to another. If a serial channel is used, then the commands are sequentially sent to the phase shifters. The sequential approach causes the beam to gradually move from one position to another, rather than the quick hop encountered with a parallel channel. This paper shows simulated results of the behavior of the array factor due to serial phase shifting and effects the element sequence has on that behavior and a method to optimize the command sequence.
Author(s): R. L. Haupt
File Type: Express Journal Paper
Issue:Volume: 1      Number: 1      Year: 2016
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Title: Merging VSimís Model Building and Visualization Tools with Custom FDTD Engines
Abstract: This work demonstrates how the graphical user interface of VSim (electromagnetic simulation software package) is modified and utilized to run a custom finite difference time domain algorithm. Commercial programs typically offer conventional FDTD functionality. More often than not, researchers may want to use their own code versions with proprietary modelling tools and extensions; for example, high-order differencing or specialized absorbing boundary conditions. VSim offers the flexibility of integrating an independent FDTD solver-engine that is tailored for the end userís needs. A detailed example is presented here of the replacement of VSimís own FDTD engine with a high-order FDTD code written with CUDA Fortran. Other custom FDTD codes could be integrated using the presented procedure.
Author(s): R. Smith, A. Weiss, R. Bollimuntha, S. DMello, M. Piket-May, M. Hadi, A. Elsherbeni
File Type: Express Journal Paper
Issue:Volume: 1      Number: 1      Year: 2016
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Title: Novel Microstrip Ultra-Wideband Bandpass Filter Using Radial-Stub-Loaded Structure
Abstract: A novel planar ultra-wideband (UWB) bandpass filter (BPF) using radial-stub-loaded resonator is proposed, where the resonator consists of three radial stubs, one located in the middle and two symmetrically at both sides. This radial-stub-loaded structure situates the first four resonant modes in the UWB passband (3.1~10.6 GHz) and makes the fifth resonant mode far away from this passband. To enhance the coupling degree, two interdigital coupled feed lines are utilized in this UWB filter. Finally, a UWB BPF with wide upper-stopband and sharp upper rejection skirt has been realized and its design steps have been also presented. The measured and full-wave simulated results of the proposed filter are in good agreement.
Author(s): X. Deng, K. D. Xu, Z. Wang, B. Yan
File Type: Express Journal Paper
Issue:Volume: 1      Number: 1      Year: 2016
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Title: Slotted Triangular Monopole Antenna for UHF RFID Readers
Abstract: A new compact slotted triangular monopole antenna for ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) applications is presented. The antenna exhibits an omnidirectional radiation pattern and has a bandwidth (BW) of more than 13%. It covers the global UHF RFID band and has a maximum gain of around 2.6 dBi. An overview of the antenna design along with the full wave simulation is provided. A prototype of the antenna is fabricated and tested. Good agreement is obtained between simulated and measured results. Moreover, the antenna is used with a UHF RFID reader in real use cases where read range and read rate with different commercial tags are used to evaluate the antenna performance.
Author(s): K. ElMahgoub
File Type: Express Journal Paper
Issue:Volume: 1      Number: 1      Year: 2016
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Title: A Broadband Microstrip-to-Microstrip Vertical Via Interconnection for Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramic Applications
Abstract: This letter presents a microstrip-to-microstrip vertical via interconnect in microwave low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) technology. According to the simulation results, the insertion loss is less than 0.33 dB and the return loss is greater than 29.9 dB from 0.3 GHz to 18 GHz. An equivalent lumped model is developed for analyzing the microstrip-to-microstrip vertical interconnection. The structure has been manufactured and measured.
Author(s): Y. Liu, L. Xia, R. Xu
File Type: Express Journal Paper
Issue:Volume: 1      Number: 1      Year: 2016
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Title: Metamaterial Inspired Square Ring Monopole Antenna for WLAN Applications
Abstract: This paper describes the design of a compact dual band monopole antenna using a metamaterial inspired split ring structure for WLAN (2.4/5.2/5.5 GHz) applications. The antenna is printed on a 20x20x0.8 mm3 FR-4 substrate. It consists of two concentric square rings with a partial ground plane and is fed by a microstrip line. A split in the outer ring is introduced to induce magnetic resonance which in turn yields a narrow lower band resonance at 2.4 GHz. The position of the split in the ring plays a vital role in inducing the magnetic resonance. The extraction of negative permeability of the ring structure with and without the split is discussed to verify the metamaterial property existence. A prototype of the proposed structure is fabricated and the measured results comply greatly with the simulated results. The antenna has consistent radiation pattern over all the working region.
Author(s): S. I. Rosaline, S. Raghavan
File Type: Express Journal Paper
Issue:Volume: 1      Number: 1      Year: 2016
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Title: Mutual Coupling Characterization of Ultra-Wideband U-Slot Microstrip Patch Array Antennas
Abstract: Ultra-wideband (UWB) phased arrays are increasingly used in radar and medical applications. Mutual coupling reduction between the phased array elements is critical in achieving good scan bandwidth. This study investigates the mutual coupling of a UWB U-slot microstrip patch 2-element array to find the patch orientation and U-slot topology with the least mutual coupling. Electromagnetic (EM) simulation results indicate that, for ?r = 2.2 substrate, diamond patch orientation with opposite U-slot topology has the least coupling between the array elements. Results also indicate that the current density distribution on the microstrip patch has an effect on mutual coupling between the array elements. Results show good agreement between MoM and FEM EM solvers.
Author(s): M. M. Elsewe, D. Chatterjee
File Type: Express Journal Paper
Issue:Volume: 1      Number: 1      Year: 2016
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