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International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 370763, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/370763
Research Article

MIMO Antenna with High Isolation for WBAN Applications

Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, Hanyang University, 222 Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 133-791, Republic of Korea

Received 18 September 2014; Revised 23 December 2014; Accepted 4 February 2015

Academic Editor: Yuan Yao

Copyright © 2015 Do-Gu Kang 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 multi-input multi-output (MIMO) antenna with high isolation is proposed for 2.4 GHz ISM band (2.4–2.485 GHz) WBAN applications. The proposed MIMO antenna consists of two PIFA elements and utilizes an isolator composed of a shorted strip and two slits in the ground plane. Although the separation between the two PIFAs is minimized to 8 mm (0.06 ), isolation performance is improved by virtue of an isolator. To analyze the antenna’s performance on a human body, the proposed antenna is placed on a human muscle-equivalent flat phantom and is investigated through simulations. The measured −10 dB reflection coefficient bandwidth of the antenna ranges from 2.11 GHz to 2.6 GHz, and the isolation is lower than −38 dB over the 2.4 GHz ISM band.