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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2013, Article ID 430618, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/430618
Research Article

Uniplanar Millimeter-Wave Log-Periodic Dipole Array Antenna Fed by Coplanar Waveguide

1School of Information and Science Technology, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241, China
2Tianhua College, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 201815, China

Received 29 August 2013; Revised 9 September 2013; Accepted 11 September 2013

Academic Editor: Guo Qing Luo

Copyright © 2013 Guohua Zhai 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.

Abstract

A uniplanar millimeter-wave broadband printed log-periodic dipole array (PLPDA) antenna fed by coplanar waveguide (CPW) is introduced. This proposed structure consists of several active dipole elements, feeding lines, parallel coupled line, and the CPW, which are etched on a single metallic layer of the substrate. The parallel coupled line can be optimized to act as a transformer between the CPW and the PLPDA antenna. Meanwhile, this transform performs the task of a balun to achieve a wideband, low cost, low loss, simple directional antenna. The uniplanar nature makes the antenna suitable to be integrated into modern printed communication circuits, especially the monolithic millimeter-wave integrated circuits (MMIC). The antenna has been carefully examined and measured to present the return loss, far-field patterns, and antenna gain.