Toward Wide-Band Low-Loss Gap-Waveguide-Integrated Grid Amplifiers
Paper in proceedings, 2017
A passive W-band 19-channel spatial power splitter/combiner is presented, for the applications in grid amplifiers design. The design employs a linear array of chip-to-air-filled waveguide contactless connections, and are directly integrated within a single-layer. The meta-material-based gap waveguide is used; it enables a low-loss low-profile solution. The quasi optical beamformer gives rise to a parallel-plate planar waveguide field which excites an array of contactless chip-to-waveguide transitions via step-tapered ridge gap waveguides. The other beamformer restores the field distribution (after amplification) and excites a wave going towards the waveguide output. Furthermore, the gap waveguide technology isolates the amplifiers from one another and provides a packaging solution in a single unit. The simulated return loss of the back-to-back structure is larger than 12 dB, while the insertion loss is smaller than 1.2 dB over the entire W-band (75-110 GHz).
spatial prayer combining
gap waveguide technology