International Journal of Antennas and Propagation http://www.hindawi.com The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2016 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. A New Method of Wave Mapping with HF Radar Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:13:57 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/4135404/ Study of wave height inversion with High-Frequency Surface Wave Radars (HFSWRs) has been going on for more than 40 years. Various wave inversion methods have been proposed, and HFSWRs have achieved great success in local wave measurements. However, the method of wave mapping is still under development, especially for the broad-beam HF radars. Existing methods of wave mapping are based on narrow-beam radar with beamforming. This paper introduces a way of wave height inversion, using the ratio of the second-harmonic peak (SHP) to the Bragg peak (RSB). A new wave mapping method is proposed, which can be used in both narrow and broad-beam radars, according to the way of wave inversion based on the RSB. In addition, radar wave measurements at the buoy position are compared with the in situ buoy, which show a good agreement. At last, the results of wave mapping on the two-hour timescale are given. Lijie Jin, Biyang Wen, and Hao Zhou Copyright © 2016 Lijie Jin et al. All rights reserved. Evolutionary Algorithms Applied to Antennas and Propagation: A Review of State of the Art Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:04:51 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/1010459/ A review of evolutionary algorithms (EAs) with applications to antenna and propagation problems is presented. EAs have emerged as viable candidates for global optimization problems and have been attracting the attention of the research community interested in solving real-world engineering problems, as evidenced by the fact that very large number of antenna design problems have been addressed in the literature in recent years by using EAs. In this paper, our primary focus is on Genetic Algorithms (GAs), Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO), and Differential Evolution (DE), though we also briefly review other recently introduced nature-inspired algorithms. An overview of case examples optimized by each family of algorithms is included in the paper. Sotirios K. Goudos, Christos Kalialakis, and Raj Mittra Copyright © 2016 Sotirios K. Goudos et al. All rights reserved. Computationally Efficient Angle and Polarization Estimation in the Presence of Multipath Propagation Using Dual-Polarization Vector Sensor Array Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:44:54 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/7537160/ This paper presents a computationally efficient angle and polarization estimation method for a mixture of uncorrelated and coherent sources using a dual-polarization vector sensor array. The uncorrelated sources are separated from the coherent sources on the basis of the modulus property of eigenvalues. The angles of the uncorrelated sources are estimated by employing rotational invariance and the associated polarization is obtained from the estimate of the uncorrelated array response matrix through elementwise division. For the distinguished coherent sources, two Hankel matrices are constructed from the elements of the estimated coherent array response matrix of each coherent group, from which two rotational-invariant submatrix pairs are extracted for estimating the coherent angles with a high precision. The least-square solution to the coherent polarization equation is derived for estimating the coherent polarization parameters. For each uncorrelated source and coherent group, the proposed method estimates the associated angle and polarization parameters separately, which avoids the need of 3D spectral search. In comparison with the existing methods, the simulation results show that the proposed method yields favorable performance in terms of computational efficiency and estimation accuracy. Weijian Si, Pinjiao Zhao, Zhiyu Qu, and Liwei Wang Copyright © 2016 Weijian Si et al. All rights reserved. Separate DOD and DOA Estimation for Bistatic MIMO Radar Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:22:10 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/9170403/ A novel MUSIC-type algorithm is derived in this paper for the direction of departure (DOD) and direction of arrival (DOA) estimation in a bistatic MIMO radar. Through rearranging the received signal matrix, we illustrate that the DOD and the DOA can be separately estimated. Compared with conventional MUSIC-type algorithms, the proposed separate MUSIC algorithm can avoid the interference between DOD and DOA estimations effectively. Therefore, it is expected to give a better angle estimation performance and have a much lower computational complexity. Meanwhile, we demonstrate that our method is also effective for coherent targets in MIMO radar. Simulation results verify the efficiency of the proposed method, particularly when the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is low and/or the number of snapshots is small. Lin Li, Fangfang Chen, and Jisheng Dai Copyright © 2016 Lin Li et al. All rights reserved. A Novel SIW H-Plane Horn Antenna Based on Parabolic Reflector Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:21:41 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/3659230/ A new type of H-plane horn antenna based on the parabolic reflector principle is proposed in this paper. The parabolic reflector is constructed with the substrate integrated waveguide technology and is used for generating large radiation aperture and uniform phase distribution at the aperture, yielding a fan beam with very narrow beamwidth in H-plane. A feeding source composed of a probe and an inductive-post reflector is designed as the feed, which can transmit a unidirectional incident wave toward the parabolic reflector. Two metallic strips with post arrays are designed as a transition for the matching between the horn aperture and the free space and also work as a director to realize unidirectional radiation and reduce the front-to-back ratio. The antenna has the advantages of narrow beam, compact size, and easy integration, and the operation bandwidth is from 27 GHz to 35.5 GHz. The experimental results show good agreement with the simulated results. Shiqiao Zhang, Zheng Li, and Junhong Wang Copyright © 2016 Shiqiao Zhang et al. All rights reserved. On-Body Characterization of Planar Differential Antennas for Multiple, Wide, and Narrow Bands Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:21:12 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/7439403/ This paper reports the results of the on-body experimental tests of a set of four planar differential antennas, originated by design variations of radiating elements with the same shape and characterized by the potential for covering wide and narrow bands. All the antenna designs have been implemented on low-cost FR4 substrate and characterized experimentally through on-body measurements. The results show the impact of the proximity to the human body on antenna performance and the opportunities in terms of potential coverage of wide and narrow bands for future ad hoc designs and implementations through wearable substrates targeting on-body and off-body communication and sensing applications. Luigi Vallozzi, Domenico Pepe, Thijs Castel, Hendrik Rogier, and Domenico Zito Copyright © 2016 Luigi Vallozzi et al. All rights reserved. A Wideband End-Fire Conformal Vivaldi Antenna Array Mounted on a Dielectric Cone Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:11:24 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/9812642/ The characteristics of a novel antipodal Vivaldi antenna array mounted on a dielectric cone are presented. By employing antipodal Vivaldi antenna element, the antenna array shows ultrawide bandwidth and end-fire radiation characteristics. Our simulations show that the cone curvature has an obvious influence on the performance of the conformal antenna, in terms of both the bandwidth and the radiation patterns. The thickness and permittivity of the dielectric cone have an effect on the bandwidth of the conformal antenna. Measurement results of both single antenna and conformal antenna array show a good agreement with the simulated results. The measured conformal antenna can achieve a −10 dB with bandwidth of 2.2–12 GHz and demonstrate a typical end-fire radiation beam. These findings provide useful guidelines and insights for the design of wideband end-fire antennas mounted on a dielectric cone. Zengrui Li, Xiaole Kang, Jianxun Su, Qingxin Guo, Yaoqing (Lamar) Yang, and Junhong Wang Copyright © 2016 Zengrui Li et al. All rights reserved. Simple and Efficient Preconditioner for Surface Integral Solution of Scattering from Multilayer Dielectric Bodies Mon, 22 Aug 2016 11:36:46 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/4134327/ The computation of scattering from multilayer dielectric bodies is studied by using the combined tangential formulation (CTF) of surface integral solution. A simple and efficient preconditioner is designed for the surface integral solution of multilayer dielectric bodies and validated by numerical experiments. Compared with the traditional near field preconditioner, the proposed preconditioner significantly reduce CPU time and memory requirement. Furthermore, the multilevel fast multipole algorithm (MLFMA) is employed to improve the capability of the solutions. The trick of efficiently implementing MLFMA is presented for multilayer dielectric bodies. Numerical examples are presented to verify the accuracy and efficiency of the approach for computing scattering from multilayer dielectric problems. B. B. Kong and X. Q. Sheng Copyright © 2016 B. B. Kong and X. Q. Sheng. All rights reserved. Experimental Study on Inkjet-Printed Passive UHF RFID Tags on Versatile Paper-Based Substrates Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:27:58 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/9265159/ We present the possibilities and challenges of passive UHF RFID tag antennas manufactured by inkjet printing silver nanoparticle ink on versatile paper-based substrates. The most efficient manufacturing parameters, such as the pattern resolution, were determined and the optimal number of printed layers was evaluated for each substrate material. Next, inkjet-printed passive UHF RFID tags were fabricated on each substrate with the optimized parameters and number of layers. According to our measurements, the tags on different paper substrates showed peak read ranges of 4–6.5 meters and the tags on different cardboard substrates exhibited peak read ranges of 2–6 meters. Based on their wireless performance, these inkjet-printed paper-based passive UHF RFID tags are sufficient for many future wireless applications and comparable to tags fabricated on more traditional substrates, such as polyimide. Han He, Lauri Sydänheimo, Johanna Virkki, and Leena Ukkonen Copyright © 2016 Han He et al. All rights reserved. Study on the Accuracy Improvement of the Second-Kind Fredholm Integral Equations by Using the Buffa-Christiansen Functions with MLFMA Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:04:13 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/2417402/ Former works show that the accuracy of the second-kind integral equations can be improved dramatically by using the rotated Buffa-Christiansen (BC) functions as the testing functions, and sometimes their accuracy can be even better than the first-kind integral equations. When the rotated BC functions are used as the testing functions, the discretization error of the identity operators involved in the second-kind integral equations can be suppressed significantly. However, the sizes of spherical objects which were analyzed are relatively small. Numerical capability of the method of moments (MoM) for solving integral equations with the rotated BC functions is severely limited. Hence, the performance of BC functions for accuracy improvement of electrically large objects is not studied. In this paper, the multilevel fast multipole algorithm (MLFMA) is employed to accelerate iterative solution of the magnetic-field integral equation (MFIE). Then a series of numerical experiments are performed to study accuracy improvement of MFIE in perfect electric conductor (PEC) cases with the rotated BC as testing functions. Numerical results show that the effect of accuracy improvement by using the rotated BC as the testing functions is greatly different with curvilinear or plane triangular elements but falls off when the size of the object is large. Yue-Qian Wu, Xin-Qing Sheng, Xing-Yue Guo, and Hai-Jing Zhou Copyright © 2016 Yue-Qian Wu et al. All rights reserved. Two-Dimensional DOA Estimation for Monostatic MIMO Radar with Electromagnetic Vector Received Sensors Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:40:39 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/2952539/ We study two-dimensional direction of arrival (2D-DOA) estimation problem of monostatic MIMO radar with the receiving array which consists of electromagnetic vector sensors (EMVSs). The proposed angle estimation algorithm can be applied to the arbitrary and unknown array configuration, which can be summarized as follows. Firstly, EMVSs in the receiver of a monostatic MIMO radar are used to measure all six electromagnetic-field components of an incident wavefield. The vector sensor array with the six unknown electromagnetic-field components is divided into six spatially identical subarrays. Secondly, ESPRIT is utilized to estimate the rotational invariant factors (RIFs). Parts of the RIFs are picked up to restore the source’s electromagnetic-field vector. Last, a vector cross product operation is performed between electric field and magnetic field to obtain the Pointing vector, which can offer the 2D-DOA estimation. Prior knowledge of array elements’ positions and angle searching procedure are not necessary for the proposed 2D-DOA estimation method. Simulation results prove the validity of the proposed method. Guimei Zheng and Jun Tang Copyright © 2016 Guimei Zheng and Jun Tang. All rights reserved. Band-Notched UWB Antenna with Switchable and Tunable Performance Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:19:12 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/9612987/ A band-notched UWB antenna is presented, which can switch between two notch bands and tune the central frequency simultaneously. It is the first time that the switchable and tunable behaviours are combined together in band-notched UWB antennas. In the band-notched structure, PIN diodes are used to switch the lower and upper frequency bands, while varactors could vary the central frequency of each notch band continuously. Measurement results show that the notch bands could switch between 4.2 GHz and 5.8 GHz when the state of varactors is fixed, and the ranges of tuning are 4.2–4.8 GHz and 5.8–6.5 GHz when the state of PIN diodes is ON and OFF, respectively. Wei Wu, Yun-Bo Li, Rui-Yuan Wu, Chuan-Bo Shi, and Tie-Jun Cui Copyright © 2016 Wei Wu et al. All rights reserved. Adaptive Radio Frequency Interference Mitigation for Passive Bistatic Radar Using OFDM Waveform Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:18:39 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/1892512/ High frequency passive bistatic radar (HFPBR) is a novel and promising technique in development. DRM broadcast exploiting orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) technique supplies a good choice for the illuminator of HFPBR. HFPBR works in crowded short wave band. It faces severe radio frequency interference (RFI) problem. In this paper, a theoretical analysis of the range-domain correlation of RFI in OFDM-based HF radar is presented. A RFI mitigation method in the range domain is introduced. After the direct-path wave rejection, the interference subspace is constructed using the echo signals at the reserved range bins. Then RFI in the effective range bins is mitigated by the subspace projection, using the correlation among different range bins. The introduced algorithm is easy to perform in practice and the RFI mitigation performance is evaluated using the experimental data of DRM-based HFPBR. Zhixin Zhao, Sihang Zhu, Yuhao Wang, Siyuan Cheng, and Sheng Hong Copyright © 2016 Zhixin Zhao et al. All rights reserved. Spiral Slotted Microstrip Antenna Design for 700 MHz Band Application Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:12:56 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/1879287/ This work describes the design and implementation of spiral slotted microstrip antenna. Recently, just like other countries, in Mexico, terrestrial digital television has been implemented (analogic shutdown); as a consequence, the 700 MHz UFH Band (698–806 MHz) has been opened to new telecommunications services, particularly wireless mobile communication. This technological advance represents a radio mobile antenna design challenge because it is necessary to design an antenna whose dimensions must be small enough, which satisfies gain, resonance frequency, and bandwidth requirements and is of low cost. Ricardo Meneses González, R. Linares y Miranda, and R. Leyva Hernández Copyright © 2016 Ricardo Meneses González et al. All rights reserved. Array Mutual Coupling Reduction Using L-Loading E-Shaped Electromagnetic Band Gap Structures Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:20:30 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/6731014/ A mutual coupling reduction method between microstrip antenna array elements is proposed by using periodic L-loading E-shaped electromagnetic band gap structures. Two identical microstrip patch antennas at 2.55 GHz are settled together and used to analyze the performance of the designed two-element antenna array. The two antenna elements are settled with a distance of about . To reduce the mutual coupling, the L-loading E-shaped electromagnetic band gap structures are used between these antenna elements. The simulated and measured results show that the isolation of the antenna array reaches 38 dB, which has a mutual coupling reduction of 26 dB in comparison with the antenna array without the decoupling structures. Tao Jiang, Tianqi Jiao, and Yingsong Li Copyright © 2016 Tao Jiang et al. All rights reserved. Integration of Resonant Coil for Wireless Power Transfer and Implantable Antenna for Signal Transfer Mon, 08 Aug 2016 12:07:17 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/7101207/ We propose the integration of the resonant coil for wireless power transfer (WPT) and the implantable antenna for physiological signal transfer. The integration allows for a compact biomedical implantable system such as electrocardiogram (ECG) recorder and pacemaker. While the resonant coils resonate at the frequency of 13.56 MHz for the WPT, the implantable antenna works in the medical implant communications service (MICS) band of 402–405 MHz for wireless communications. They share the narrow substrate area of a bar-type shape; the coil has the current path on the outer part of the substrate and the meandered planar inverted-F antenna (PIFA) occupies the inside of the coil. To verify the potentials of the proposed structure, a prototype is fabricated and tested in vitro. The power transfer efficiency (PTE) of about 20% is obtained at a distance of 15 mm and the antenna gain of roughly −40 dBi is achieved. Dong-Wook Seo, Jae-Ho Lee, and Hyungsoo Lee Copyright © 2016 Dong-Wook Seo et al. All rights reserved. Nantenna for Standard 1550 nm Optical Communication Systems Mon, 08 Aug 2016 06:06:03 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/5429510/ Nanoscale transmission and reception technologies will play a vital role and be part of the next generation communication networks. This applies for all application fields including imaging, health, biosensing, civilian, and military communications. The detection of light frequency using nanooptical antennas may possibly become a good competitor to the semiconductor based photodetector because of the simplicity of integration, cost, and inherent capability to detect the phase and amplitude instead of power only. In this paper, authors propose simulated design of a hexagonal dielectric loaded nantenna (HDLN) and explore its potential benefits at the standard optical C-band (1550 nm). The proposed nantenna consists of “Ag-SiO2-Ag” structure, consisting of “Si” hexagonal dielectric with equal lengths fed by “Ag” nanostrip transmission line. The simulated nantenna achieves an impedance bandwidth of 3.7% (190.9 THz–198.1 THz) and a directivity of 8.6 dBi, at a center frequency of 193.5 THz, covering most of the ITU-T standard optical transmission window (C-band). The hexagonal dielectric nantenna produces modes and the wave propagation is found to be end-fire. The efficiency of the nantenna is proven via numerical expressions, thus making the proposed design viable for nanonetwork communications. Waleed Tariq Sethi, Hamsakutty Vettikalladi, Habib Fathallah, and Mohamed Himdi Copyright © 2016 Waleed Tariq Sethi et al. All rights reserved. Recent Advances in Design and Signal Processing for Antenna Arrays Sun, 31 Jul 2016 07:54:23 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/3941941/ Wei Liu, Des C. McLernon, Andy W. H. Khong, and Lei Yu Copyright © 2016 Wei Liu et al. All rights reserved. Study of Ocean Waves Measured by Collocated HH and VV Polarized X-Band Marine Radars Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:40:51 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/8257930/ The significant wave height (SWH) retrieved from collocated HH and VV polarized X-band marine radars under different sea states is studied. The SWH are retrieved from different principal components of X-band marine radar image sequence. As compared with the SWH measured by a buoy, the root-mean-square errors of the SWH are 0.32–0.45 m for VV polarization, and they are 0.37–0.60 m for HH polarization. At the wind speeds of 0–5 m/s, the SWH can be derived from VV polarized radar images, while the backscatter of HH polarized radar is too weak to contain wave signals at very low wind speeds (~0–3 m/s). At the wind speeds of 5–18 m/s, the SWH retrieved from VV polarization coincide well with the SWH measured by the buoy, while the SWH retrieved from HH polarization correspond with the changes of the wind speed. At the wind speeds of 18–26 m/s, the influence of wave breaking on HH polarization is more important than that on VV polarization. This indicates that the imaging mechanisms of HH polarized X-band marine radar are different from those of VV polarized X-band marine radar. Zhongbiao Chen, Yijun He, and Wankang Yang Copyright © 2016 Zhongbiao Chen et al. All rights reserved. An Approximation Mathematical Formula of Pattern Analysis for Distorted Reflector Antennas considering Surface Normal Vector Variation Mon, 25 Jul 2016 11:54:49 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/4824873/ An approximation mathematical formula to compute the distorted radiation pattern for reflector antennas is presented. In this approximation formula, besides the phase error caused by the structural deformation being added in the far field integral, the surface normal vector variation is also taken into consideration. The formula is derived by expanding the surface normal vector into a first-order Taylor series and the phase error into a second-order Taylor series. By assembling the integrals including the contributions of both surface normal vector variation and phase error, the far field electrical vector expressed as a function of structural nodal displacements is further obtained in a matrix form. Simulation results of a distorted reflector show the application of this formula. Shuxin Zhang, Guigeng Yang, and Yiqun Zhang Copyright © 2016 Shuxin Zhang et al. All rights reserved. An OPMA for Robust Mutual Coupling Coefficients Estimation of URA with Single Snapshot in MIMO HF Sky-Wave Radar Wed, 20 Jul 2016 07:00:21 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/7515028/ Due to the fluctuation of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and the single snapshot case in the MIMO HF sky-wave radar system, the accuracy of the online estimation of the mutual coupling coefficients matrix of the uniform rectangle array (URA) might be degraded by the classical approach, especially in the case of low SNR. In this paper, an Online Particle Mean-Shift Approach (OPMA) is proposed, which is to get a relatively more effective estimation of the mutual coupling coefficients matrix with the low SNR. Firstly, the spatial smoothing technique combined with the MUSIC algorithm of URA is introduced for the DOA estimation of the multiple targets in the case of single snapshot which are taken as coherent sources. Then, based on the idea of the particle filter, the online particles with a moderate computational complexity are used to generate some different estimation results. Finally, the mean-shift algorithm is applied to get a more robust estimate of the equivalent mutual coupling coefficients matrix. The simulation results demonstrate the validity of the proposed approach in terms of the success probability, the statistics of bias, and the variance. The proposed approach is more robust and more accurate than the other two approaches. Yuguan Hou, Qingguo Jin, Shaochuan Wu, and Zhuoming Li Copyright © 2016 Yuguan Hou et al. All rights reserved. Bistatic High Frequency Radar Ocean Surface Cross Section for an FMCW Source with an Antenna on a Floating Platform Sun, 17 Jul 2016 14:16:13 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/8675964/ The first- and second-order bistatic high frequency radar cross sections of the ocean surface with an antenna on a floating platform are derived for a frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) source. Based on previous work, the derivation begins with the general bistatic electric field in the frequency domain for the case of a floating antenna. Demodulation and range transformation are used to obtain the range information, distinguishing the process from that used for a pulsed radar. After Fourier-transforming the autocorrelation and comparing the result with the radar range equation, the radar cross sections are derived. The new first- and second-order antenna-motion-incorporated bistatic radar cross section models for an FMCW source are simulated and compared with those for a pulsed source. Results show that, for the same radar operating parameters, the first-order radar cross section for the FMCW waveform is a little lower than that for a pulsed source. The second-order radar cross section for the FMCW waveform reduces to that for the pulsed waveform when the scattering patch limit approaches infinity. The effect of platform motion on the radar cross sections for an FMCW waveform is investigated for a variety of sea states and operating frequencies and, in general, is found to be similar to that for a pulsed waveform. Yue Ma, Weimin Huang, and Eric W. Gill Copyright © 2016 Yue Ma et al. All rights reserved. A Wideband Antenna with Circular and Rectangular Shaped Slots for Mobile Phone Applications Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:58:00 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/2975425/ A wideband slot antenna for mobile phone applications is proposed. The antenna has two slots with open ends etched on the opposite edges of the ground plane. The main slot, of total length of 59 mm, is composed of a rectangle connected to a circle having radius of 5 mm. Another slot, having a rectangular shape with width of 2.8 mm and length of 26 mm, is employed to enhance the antenna bandwidth. The slots are fed by means of a rectangular monopole connected to a circular patch joined to a bent 50 Ω microstrip transmission line forming two right angles. To obtain a wideband impedance matching, the upper edge of the monopole and a part of the feeding line evolve along the top edge of the two slots. To reduce the antenna size, the upper part of the board above the slot (just 3 mm from the slot) is folded vertically to the ground plane. The measured bandwidth of the antenna is 0.698–1.10 GHz and 1.64–2.83 GHz covering LTE700/2300/2500, GSM850/900/1800/1900, and UMTS bands. Wei-Hua Zong, Xiao-Mei Yang, Xia Xiao, Shan-Dong Li, Xiang-Yang Wei, Zhe-Jun Jin, and Xiao-Yun Qu Copyright © 2016 Wei-Hua Zong et al. All rights reserved. Miniaturized Dielectric Resonator Antenna Array for GNSS Applications Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:58:55 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/2564087/ The increase in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) availability and services is fostering a new wave of applications related to satellite navigation. Such increase is also followed by more and more threats, aiming at signal disruption. In order to fully exploit the potentialities of precise and reliable navigation, being able at the same time to counteract threats such as interference, jamming, and spoofing, smart antenna systems are being investigated worldwide, with the requirements of multiband operation and compactness. In order to answer such need, the present work proposes a miniaturized dielectric resonator antenna (DRA) 2 × 2 array able to operate at E5/L5, L2, and E6 bands, with an overall footprint of only 3.5′′ (89 mm). S. Caizzone, G. Buchner, and W. Elmarissi Copyright © 2016 S. Caizzone et al. All rights reserved. A Parasitic Array Receiver for ISAR Imaging of Ship Targets Using a Coastal Radar Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:03:01 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/8485305/ The detection and identification of ship targets navigating in coastal areas are essential in order to prevent maritime accidents and to take countermeasures against illegal activities. Usually, coastal radar systems are employed for the detection of vessels, whereas noncooperative ship targets as well as ships not equipped with AIS transponders can be identified by means of dedicated active radar imaging system by means of ISAR processing. In this work, we define a parasitic array receiver for ISAR imaging purposes based on the signal transmitted by an opportunistic coastal radar over its successive scans. In order to obtain the proper cross-range resolution, the physical aperture provided by the array is combined with the synthetic aperture provided by the target motion. By properly designing the array of passive devices, the system is able to correctly observe the signal reflected from the ships over successive scans of the coastal radar. Specifically, the upper bounded interelement spacing provides a correct angular sampling accordingly to the Nyquist theorem and the lower bounded number of elements of the array ensures the continuity of the observation during multiple scans. An ad hoc focusing technique has been then proposed to provide the ISAR images of the ships. Simulated analysis proved the effectiveness of the proposed system to provide top-view images of ship targets suitable for ATR procedures. Fabrizio Santi and Debora Pastina Copyright © 2016 Fabrizio Santi and Debora Pastina. All rights reserved. BeiDou Satellites Assistant Determination by Receiving Other GNSS Downlink Signals Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:01:57 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/1413401/ GNSS’s orbit determinations always rely on ground station or intersatellite links (ISL). In the emergency of satellite-to-ground links and ISL break-off, BeiDou navigation satellite system (BDS) satellites cannot determine their orbits. In this paper, we propose to add a spaceborne annular beam antenna for receiving the global positioning system (GPS) and global navigation satellite system (GLONASS) signals; therefore, the BDS satellites may be capable of determining their orbits by GPS/GLONASS signals. Firstly, the spectrum selection, the power isolation, the range of Doppler frequency shift, and changing rate are taken into account for the feasibility. Specifically, the L2 band signals are chosen for receiving and processing in order to prevent the overlapping of the receiving and transmitting signals. Secondly, the minimum number of visible satellites (MNVS), carrier-to-noise ratio (), dilution of precision (GDOP), and geometric distance root-mean-square (gdrms) are evaluated for acquiring the effective receiving antennas’ coverage ranges. Finally, the scheme of deploying 3 receiving antennas is proved to be optimal by analysis and simulations over the middle earth orbit (MEO), geostationary earth orbit (GEO), and the inclined geosynchronous satellite orbit (IGSO). The antennas’ structures and patterns are designed to draw a conclusion that installing GPS and GLONASS receivers on BDS satellites for emergent orbits determination is cost-effective. Lei Chen, Ke Zhang, Xiangwei Zhu, Yangbo Huang, Gang Ou, and Huicui Liu Copyright © 2016 Lei Chen et al. All rights reserved. Robust Adaptive Beamforming Using a Low-Complexity Steering Vector Estimation and Covariance Matrix Reconstruction Algorithm Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:50:04 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/2438183/ A novel low-complexity robust adaptive beamforming (RAB) technique is proposed in order to overcome the major drawbacks from which the recent reported RAB algorithms suffer, mainly the high computational cost and the requirement for optimization programs. The proposed algorithm estimates the array steering vector (ASV) using a closed-form formula obtained by a subspace-based method and reconstructs the interference-plus-noise (IPN) covariance matrix by utilizing a sampling progress and employing the covariance matrix taper (CMT) technique. Moreover, the proposed beamformer only requires knowledge of the antenna array geometry and prior information of the probable angular sector in which the actual ASV lies. Simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed algorithm and prove that this algorithm can achieve superior performance over the existing RAB methods. Pei Chen, Yongjun Zhao, and Chengcheng Liu Copyright © 2016 Pei Chen et al. All rights reserved. Design of a Compact Quad-Band Slot Antenna for Integrated Mobile Devices Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:10:53 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/3717681/ In order to incorporate different communication standards into a single device, a compact quad-band slot antenna is proposed in this paper. The proposed antenna is composed of a dielectric substrate, T-shaped microstrip patch with a circle slot and an inverted L-slot, and a comb-shaped ground on the back of the substrate. By adopting these structures, it can produce four different bands, while maintaining a small size and a simple structure. Furthermore, a prototype of the quad-band antenna is designed and fabricated. The simulated and measured results show that the proposed antenna can operate over the 1.79–2.63 GHz, 3.46–3.97 GHz, 4.92–5.85 GHz, and 7.87–8.40 GHz, which can cover entire PCS (Personal Communications Service, 1.85–1.99 GHz), UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System, 1.92–2.17 GHz), WCDMA (wideband code-division multiple access, 2.1 GHz), Bluetooth (2.4–2.48 GHz), WiBro (Wireless Broad band access service, 2.3–3.39 GHz), WLAN (Wireless Local Area Networks, 2.4/5.2/5.8 GHz), WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, 2.5/3.5/5.5 GHz), and X-band SATcom applications (7.9~8.4 GHz). The proposed antenna is particularly attractive for mobile devices integrating multiple communication systems. Jian Dong, Xiaping Yu, and Guoqiang Hu Copyright © 2016 Jian Dong et al. All rights reserved. Iterative GA Optimization Scheme for Synthesis of Radiation Pattern of Linear Array Antenna Thu, 30 Jun 2016 05:47:35 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/7087298/ This research has proposed the iterative genetic algorithm (GA) optimization scheme to synthesize the radiation pattern of an aperiodic (nonuniform) linear array antenna. The aim of the iterative optimization is to achieve a radiation pattern with a side lobe level (SLL) of ≤−20 dB. In the optimization, the proposed scheme iteratively optimizes the array range (spacing) and the number of array elements, whereby the array element with the lowest absolute complex weight coefficient is first removed and then the second lowest and so on. The removal (the element reduction) is terminated once the SLL is greater than −20 dB (>−20 dB) and the elemental increment mechanism is triggered. The results indicate that the proposed iterative GA optimization scheme is applicable to the nonuniform linear array antenna and also is capable of synthesizing the radiation pattern with SLL ≤ −20 dB. Sarayoot Todnatee and Chuwong Phongcharoenpanich Copyright © 2016 Sarayoot Todnatee and Chuwong Phongcharoenpanich. All rights reserved. High Performance Robust Adaptive Beamforming in the Presence of Array Imperfections Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:51:38 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/2016/3743509/ A high performance robust beamforming scheme is proposed to combat model mismatch. Our method lies in the novel construction of interference-plus-noise (IPN) covariance matrix. The IPN covariance matrix consists of two parts. The first part is obtained by utilizing the Capon spectrum estimator integrated over a region separated from the direction of the desired signal and the second part is acquired by removing the desired signal component from the sample covariance matrix. Then a weighted summation of these two parts is utilized to reconstruct the IPN matrix. Moreover, a steering vector estimation method based on orthogonal constraint is also proposed. In this method, the presumed steering vector is corrected via orthogonal constraint under the condition where the estimation does not converge to any of the interference steering vectors. To further improve the proposed method in low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), a hybrid method is proposed by incorporating the diagonal loading method into the IPN matrix reconstruction. Finally, various simulations are performed to demonstrate that the proposed beamformer provides strong robustness against a variety of array mismatches. The output signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) improvement of the beamformer due to the proposed method is significant. Wenxing Li, Xiaojun Mao, Zhuqun Zhai, and Yingsong Li Copyright © 2016 Wenxing Li et al. All rights reserved.