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Type: Conference paper
Title: Effect of film thickness on the radiational efficiency of a 4.5 GHz polypyrrole conducting polymer patch antenna
Author: Verma, A.
Fumeaux, C.
Truong, V.
Bates, B.
Citation: Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC 2010), held in Yokohama, Japan, December 7–10 2010: pp. 95-98
Publisher: IEICE
Publisher Place: Japan
Issue Date: 2010
Series/Report no.: Asia Pacific Microwave Conference-Proceedings
ISBN: 9784902339222
Conference Name: Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference (2010 : Yokohama, Japan)
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A. Verma, C. Fumeaux, V.-T. Truong and B.D. Bates
Abstract: Microstrip antenna performance is affected by the conductivity and thickness of the patch. Generally the patch thickness is expected to be at least a couple of skin depths thick for reasonable antenna performance. However, planar microwave antennas based on conducting polymers (CP) can exhibit reasonable antenna performance despite a relatively low conductivity and a thickness below a skin depth. In this paper, a detailed study on the effect of CP patch thickness on overall antenna performance is presented. Microstrip antennas for 4.5 GHz operation were fabricated on a 3.2 mm thick FR-4 substrate using polypyrrole patches with a constant electrical conductivity of 2000 S/m. The antennas were identical apart from using four different patch thicknesses ranging from 40 to 140 m. In all cases, the thickness of the patches used in this study is less than one skin depth (168 m). The gain and radiation efficiency of the antennas was measured. The lowest gain observed was 2.42 dB for 40 m thickness with a radiation efficiency of 38%, and the highest gain observed was 4.63 dB for 140 m thickness with a radiation efficiency of 65%. Results presented in this paper clearly indicate that it is possible to obtain reasonable antenna performance, even if the patch thickness is a fraction of skin depth. © 2010 IEICE Institute of Electronics Informati.
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