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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 705793, 6 pages
Research Article

A Basic Study on RF Characteristics of Meander Line Employing Periodic Ground Structure on GaAs MMIC for Application to Miniaturization of RF Components

1Department of Radio Communication and Engineering, Korea Maritime and Ocean University, 7, Taejong-ro, Busan 606-791, Republic of Korea
2INTECH, Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 406-840, Republic of Korea

Received 27 September 2013; Revised 17 December 2013; Accepted 6 January 2014; Published 5 May 2014

Academic Editor: Young Joong Yoon

Copyright © 2014 Jang-Hyeon Jeong 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 meander line employing periodic ground structure (MLEPGS) was fabricated on GaAs substrate for application to miniaturization of RF components on MMIC, and its RF characteristics were thoroughly investigated. The MLEPGS with a length of /8 showed loss less than 0.72 dB up to 20 GHz, which was low enough for application to RF passive components. The MLEPGS showed much higher propagation constant and effective permittivity than conventional meander line. Concretely, the MLEPGS with of 20 μm showed of 1.08~20.85 rad/mm and of 2703~2479 from 1 to 20 GHz, while the conventional meander line showed of 0.18~3.36 rad/mm and of 74.2~64.7 in the same frequency range. According to the result, the size of the /4 transmission line employing the MLEPGS was 0.151 mm2, which was 3.5% of the size of the transmission line employing conventional meander line.