Low-Dispersive Leaky-Wave Antenna Integrated in Groove Gap Waveguide Technology

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In this paper, the use of a dispersive prism with a triangular shape is proposed to reduce the dispersive radiation nature of a leaky-wave antenna (LWA) in groove-gap waveguide technology. The operation of gap waveguide technology is based on the use of metallic pins that act as an artificial magnetic conductor, so the electromagnetic fields are confined and guided in the desired directions. To control a leaky-wave radiation of these confined fields is possible by tailoring the height of the pins, its periodicity, and the waveguide width. This radiation, as in any conventional LWA, is dispersive, leading to beam squint as the frequency is varied. Here, we mitigate this beam squint by using a prism made of dispersive pins and choosing appropriately their periodicity and height. With this prism, the leaky-wave radiation is focused into one single direction in a wide frequency band. This concept is demonstrated with a prototype designed to radiate at phi = 41 degrees with a central frequency of 12 GHz and the high gain of 16.5 dBi. A 22% frequency bandwidth for the 3 dB realized gain at phi = 41 degrees is achieved, and the main radiating direction, with half-power beamwidth of 5 degrees, steers only +/- 0.5 degrees from 11.4 to 13.4 GHz.
Dispersive prism, Gap waveguide, Leaky-wave antenna (lwa)
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L. Wang, J. L. Gómez-Tornero, E. Rajo-Iglesias y O. Quevedo-Teruel. (2018). Low-Dispersive Leaky-Wave Antenna Integrated in Groove Gap Waveguide Technology. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, 66(11), pp. 5727-5736.