Increasing parallel plate stop-band in gap waveguides using inverted pyramid-shaped nails for slot array application above 60GHz
Paper in proceedings, 2011
This paper presents a proposal for a slot array antenna for frequencies above 60 GHz. Also, The array is using the new air gap waveguide as a feeding structure. Here we present a new structure for the parallel plate stop-band based on replacing the uniform cross sectional nails with inverted pyramidal shaped pins. This new type of pin is more suitable for micromachining and manufacturing of gap waveguides above 60 GHz. The wider parallel-plate bandwidth achieved with this new type of pins makes it suitable for integration of very wideband active MMIC circuit with gap waveguide without package resonance problem. Once the RF circuitry is integrated with gap waveguide, the slot arrays can be easily built by having slots on the top metal wall of the gap waveguide thus enabling low cost integrated antenna solution at frequencies above 60GHz.