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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(12), 2528; https://doi.org/10.3390/app8122528

Tunable Liquid Crystal Based Phase Shifter with a Slot Unit Cell for Reconfigurable Reflectarrays in F-Band

National Key Laboratory of Advanced Display Technology, Academy of Photoelectric Technology, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China
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Received: 23 October 2018 / Revised: 5 December 2018 / Accepted: 5 December 2018 / Published: 6 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Liquid Crystal THz Photonics: Materials, Devices and Applications)
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Abstract

An electrically tuned phase shifter based on the single slot unit cell and liquid crystal for a reconfigurable reflectarray antenna was presented. The simulation and measured results obtained at the F-band were used to demonstrate that the dielectric properties of a nematic state liquid crystal could be exploited to realize a slot unit cell phase shifter for the reconfigurable reflectarrays antennas. By reducing the inhomogeneous of the external electric field in the liquid crystal layer, a lower control voltage and improved model accuracy was obtained. In the experiments test, the achieved saturation bias voltage (10 V) was smaller than the previously reported structure, and the phase shift of the reflectarray greater than 300° was achieved in the frequency range 121.5–126 GHz. The maximum phase shift of 306° occurred at 124.5 GHz.
Keywords: phase control; phase shifter; liquid crystal device; reconfigurable reflectarray phase control; phase shifter; liquid crystal device; reconfigurable reflectarray
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Gao, S.; Yang, J.; Wang, P.; Zheng, A.; Lu, H.; Deng, G.; Lai, W.; Yin, Z. Tunable Liquid Crystal Based Phase Shifter with a Slot Unit Cell for Reconfigurable Reflectarrays in F-Band. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 2528.

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