We present the design of a tunable metamaterial element that can serve as the building block for a dynamically reconfigurable aperture. The element - a complimentary electric-LC (cELC) resonator - is patterned into the upper conductor of a microstrip transmission line, providing both a means of exciting the radiating metamaterial element as well as independent access for biasing circuitry. PIN diodes are connected across the capacitive gaps of the cELC, and a dc bias current is used to switch the junction between conducting and insulating states. The leakage of RF signal through the bias line is mitigated by integration of a radial decoupling stub. The proposed design and operation of the element are demonstrated through full-wave electromagnetic simulations. We discuss the potential application of the cELC element as a building block for metamaterial apertures capable of dynamic beamforming, imaging, or security screening applications.
- Aperture antennas
- tunable circuits and devices
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering