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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2010, Article ID 606717, 8 pages
Research Article

Gain Enhancement of Low-Profile, Electrically Small Capacitive Feed Antennas Using Stacked Meander Lines

Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Kumamoto University, 2-39-1, Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555, Japan

Received 25 February 2010; Accepted 5 August 2010

Academic Editor: Miguel Ferrando

Copyright © 2010 Kazuki Ide et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present paper describes the gain enhancement of a small and low-profile linear antenna with capacitive feed (C-feed) using three metallic layers. The antenna has very small leakage current on the outer conductor of the coaxial cable and can easily control the imaginary part of the input impedance. The gain of the stacked three-layer meander line antenna, with the meander line in the middle layer being opposite to that of the other two layers, has increased by around 7 dB compared to the single layered C-feed antenna. The antenna gain is discussed based on simulated and measured results, which demonstrates that the antenna has successfully achieved the acceptable impedance and sufficient gain for mobile terminals and RFID tags.