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GHzare similar. TheCP characteristics couldbe achievedif the cross-po-
larized power resulting from the horizontal surface current path increases
and the phase difference of the two orthogonal electric filed vectors is
tuned close to 90 degree. In this paper, a CPW-fed circularly-polarized
slot antenna with a modified-stair-shaped slot is presented. A longitu-
dinal slot is etched at the middle point of the stair-shaped slot, and then
a horizontal surface current density is generated. By optimizing geo-
metrical parameters of the slot, the requirements of the CP radiation are
satisfied and the wideband CP performance is obtained.


The schematic configurations of the proposed CP slot antenna are
shown in Fig. 1. FR-4 is used as a substrate with the dielectric con-
stant of 4.4 and the thickness of 0.8 mm, respectively. A stair-shaped

W = 3 mm

slot is etched on the ground plane of the substrate. A protruded strip

of width f is connected to a 50- CPW transmission line.
The longitudinal slot is etched at the middle point of the stair-shaped

Manuscript received December 12, 2008; revised February 13, 2009. First
published June 05, 2009; current version published August 05, 2009. This work
was carried out at the RF Circuit and Antenna Laboratory, National University of
Tainan, under Grant NSC 96-2221-E-024-001 of the National Science Council,
The authors are with the Department of Electrical Engineering, National Uni-
versity of Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan (e-mail:
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Fig. 1. Schematic configuration of the proposed stair-shaped slot antenna.

Fig. 3. Comparison of S and AR of the stair-shaped slot antenna when the

length (L ) is varied.

as the ground plane. Absorbing material is filled inside the cavity. It is

noted that the cross-sectional surface of the cavity, which connects to
the right side (g) of the ground plane, is open.

The performance of the antennas was simulated using Ansoft High
Frequency Structure Simulator (HFSS) and the scattering parameters
were measured with an Agilent N5230A network analyzer. Fig. 2
shows the comparison of simulated S11 and AR of the stair-shaped
slot antenna by etching a longitudinal slot and tuning the slot length
(t). It is found that this longitudinal slot could give significant ef-
fect to the antenna’s AR characteristics. Due to contribution of the
horizontal equivalent current, the requirement of equal magnitude
Fig. 2. Comparison of simulated impedance and CP performance of the stair- of the two orthogonal electric fields is satisfied. The AR bandwidth
shaped slot antenna by tuning the slot length (t).
is dramatically improved and the AR resonant frequency of circular
polarization is shifted down with large t. However, for the case of
slot in order to enhance the intensity of the horizontal magnetic surface t = 15 mm (g = 0 mm), the right side of the longitudinal slot is
current density and increase the cross-polarized radiated power. Two open, and the AR response is narrow-band. Hence, t is chosen by 14
geometrical parameters (t and L2 ) of the proposed slot antenna are em- mm and then g is 1 mm. The comparison of S11 and AR of the tested
pirically tuned to derive the good antenna performance, including cir- antenna is shown in Fig. 3 when the length (L2 ) of the lower slot is
cular polarization and impedance bandwidth. Table I gives the geomet- varied. When decreasing L2 , the lower resonance moves up and the
rical parameters of the proposed CP stair-shaped slot antenna after the upper resonance shifts down. Moreover, the impedance characteristics
optimized design procedure. Additionally, the impedance characteris- nearby at the 3 GHz-band are improved. Although the AR for the case
tics and axial ratio of a cavity-backed CP slot antenna are studies. A of L2 = 11 mm is better, the impedance BW is narrower, especially
rectangular cavity, with a depth of 10 mm, has the same cross section without covering the required band (3.5 GHz) of the WiMAX system.

Fig. 4. Comparison of simulated and measured performance of the two opti-

mized CP slot antennas, including the no-cavity and cavity-backed topologies.

Hence, the suggested length (L2 ) is 13 mm and the impedance

bandwidth is 1.69 GHz (2.22–3.91 GHz).
The comparison of measured S11 and AR of the stair-shaped slot
antenna are shown in Fig. 4. The antenna attains a measured matching
bandwidth (S11 < 010 dB) of 55.0% (2.24–3.94 GHz). Moreover,
the antenna attains a measured AR bandwidth (AR < 3 dB at broad-
side direction) of 31.2% (2.30–3.15 GHz). The overlapped bandwidth,
which satisfies both AR < 3 dB and S11 < 010 dB, is 31.2%
(2.30–3.15 GHz) in measurement. The reflection coefficient and AR of
the cavity-backed CP stair-shaped slot antenna are also given in Fig. 4.
It is observed that the change of the input impedance is slight. The AR
bandwidth of the cavity-backed slot antenna decreases to about 29.1%
from 31.2% of that without the cavity. The AR frequency moves down.
The measured CP radiation patterns of the stair-shaped slot antenna
without the cavity at 2.4 GHz, 2.6 GHz, and 3.0 GHz are shown in
Fig. 5. A pattern for the cavity-backed configuration at 2.6 GHz is also
given in Fig. 5. The circular polarization of the proposed stair-shaped
slot antenna is right-hand (RH). For the no-cavity antenna, the CP of
the antenna in the boresight direction is the opposite polarization. The
reason is that the vertical component of the electric field on the top
and bottom surface of the substrate remains the same phase; however,
the horizontal component of the electric field on the top and bottom Fig. 5. Measured CP radiation patterns of the two proposed slot antennas, in-
surface of the substrate is 180 out of phase. By adding a cavity and
cluding the no-cavity and cavity-backed topologies. (a) No-cavity antenna at 2.4
GHz; (b) no-cavity antenna at 2.6 GHz; (c) no-cavity antenna at 3.0 GHz. (d)
filling absorbing material, a unidirectional radiation pattern is obtained. Cavity-backed antenna at 2.6 GHz.
The gain of the no-cavity antenna at 2.4 GHz is 3.7 dBi.

at the middle point of the stair-shaped slot excites the circularly polar-
ized wave. The proposed antenna is very simple and may be a candidate
The design procedure of the CPW-fed modified stair-shaped slot an- of a radiating element for multifunctional devices of wireless commu-
tenna for wideband circular polarization has been shown in this paper. nication systems, such as Wi-Fi (at 2.45 GHz), the satellite digital audio
Simulated results show that the technique of etching a longitudinal slot radio system (RHCP at 2.6 GHz) and WiMAX (at 3.5 GHz).

ACKNOWLEDGMENT One of the yet unexplored potentialities of this architecture is its in-
Support of the simulation tools from the National Center for High trinsic capability to attenuate the system phase noise in frequency-mod-
Performance Computing, Hsinchu, Taiwan is acknowledged. ulated, continuos-wave (FMCW) radars, a feature that is determinant
for ensuring the system’s ability to identify targets [4]. By virtually col-
locating the transmit (T) and receive (R) antennas, interleaving yields a
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Applications dividing a fully populated array antenna into two well-balanced sub-
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Abstract—An effective and robust strategy for concurrently designing II. PREREQUISITES
the transmit and receive antennas of a frequency-modulated, continuos-
wave radar is discussed. The aperture architecture is based on the use of The examined configurations are considered with respect to a Carte-
non-periodic, interleaved sub-arrays. Deterministic element placement is
sian frame Oxyz . The shared aperture is located in the xOy plane and
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that are also stable over a wide frequency range. vacuum. The far-field quantities are expressed with respect to a polar
reference frame Or#', with #(0 # ) measuring the tilting with
respect to Oz , and '(0 ' < 2) measuring the rotation from Ox
Index Terms—Antenna arrays, array interleaving, frequency-modu-
lated, continuos-wave (FMCW) radar.
in xOy . The planes f' = 0 [ ' =  g and f' = =2 [ ' = 3=2g
will be referred to as the H - and E -planes, respectively.2
I. INTRODUCTION Since the present work focuses on an FMCW radar applica-
tion, two-way front-end parameters, defined with respect to the
Interleaving non-periodic sub-arrays provides a powerful and versa-
product T-R radiation patterns, are applicable. The required two-way,
half-power beamwidths are #H ;1=2 0:9 in the H -plane and
tile tool to implement multifunctionality in antenna systems [1]–[3].

6:5  E
# ;1=2 10 in the E -plane. Assuming that the antenna is

Manuscript received April 22, 2008; revised August 27, 2008. First published
June 05, 2009; current version published August 05, 2009.
mechanically rotated, no electronic beam steering is required and the
The authors are with the International Research Centre for Telecommu- sub-arrays are designed for broadside radiation. The center operating
nications and Radar (IRCTR), Delft University of Technology, 2628 CD
1With reference to [5, pp. 14.5–14.6], shortening the relevant path by a factor
Delft, the Netherlands (e-mail:;;; of 10 yields a 20 dB reduction in the system phase noise level.
Color versions of one or more of the figures in this paper are available online 2For simplifying the notation in the plots depicting # dependencies in the H -
at and E -planes, the # coordinate will be conventionally taken to assume negative
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