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Circularly-Polarized Reconfigurable Transmitarray in Ka-Band with Beam Scanning and Polarization Switching Capabilities

Abstract : The design, realization, and experimental characterization of a 400-element electronically reconfigurable transmitarray operating in the Ka-band is presented. It is based on linearly polarized unit-cells with 180° phase-shifting capability. Several sequential rotation schemes have been compared numerically to generate a circularly polarized beam over a broad frequency band, and a random distribution has been selected to mitigate spurious cross-polarized side-lobes when scanning the main beam. The 2-D electronic beam-steering capabilities of ±60° have been verified experimentally. The prototype, illuminated by a horn antenna as a focal source, exhibits a broadside gain of 20.8 dBi at 29.0 GHz and a 3-dB bandwidth of 14.6% with radiation efficiency of 58%. The axial ratio remains below 2 dB within this bandwidth. Next, a planar substrate integrated waveguide focal source array was designed in order to reduce the focal distance by about 50% and thereby significantly improve the antenna compactness, and similar radiation performance is demonstrated numerically and experimentally. © 1963-2012 IEEE.
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L. Di Palma, A. Clemente, L. Dussopt, R. Sauleau, P. Potier, et al.. Circularly-Polarized Reconfigurable Transmitarray in Ka-Band with Beam Scanning and Polarization Switching Capabilities. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2017, 65 (2), pp.529--540. ⟨10.1109/TAP.2016.2633067⟩. ⟨hal-01484525⟩

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