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Sensors 2018, 18(9), 2935; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18092935

Microfluidically Frequency-Reconfigurable Quasi-Yagi Dipole Antenna

School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, College of Engineering, Chung-Ang University, 221, Heukseok-Dong, Dongjak-Gu, Seoul 156-756, Korea
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Received: 6 August 2018 / Revised: 30 August 2018 / Accepted: 31 August 2018 / Published: 4 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue RF Technology for Sensor Applications)
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Abstract

In this paper, a frequency reconfigurable quasi-Yagi dipole antenna is proposed by leveraging the properties of microfluidic technology. The proposed antenna comprises a metal-printed driven dipole element and three directors. To tune resonant frequencies, microfluidic channels are integrated into the driven element. To maintain a high gain for all the tuned frequencies, microfluidic channels are also integrated into the directors. Therefore, the length of the driven-element as well as directors can be controlled by injecting liquid metal in the microfluidic channels. The proposed antenna has the capability of tuning the frequency by varying the length of the metal-filled channels, while maintaining a high gain for all the tuned frequencies. The proposed antenna’s performance is experimentally demonstrated after fabrication. The injected amount of liquid metal into the microfluidic channels is controlled using programmable pneumatic micropumps. The prototype exhibits continuous tuning of the resonant frequencies from 1.8 GHz to 2.4 GHz; the measured peak gain of the proposed antenna is varied in the range of 8 dBi to 8.5 dBi. Therefore, continuous tuning with high gain is successfully demonstrated using liquid-metal-filled microfluidic channels. View Full-Text
Keywords: frequency reconfigurable antenna; pneumatic micropump; Yagi antenna frequency reconfigurable antenna; pneumatic micropump; Yagi antenna
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Shah, S.I.H.; Lim, S. Microfluidically Frequency-Reconfigurable Quasi-Yagi Dipole Antenna. Sensors 2018, 18, 2935.

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