Three types of Ultrawideband (UWB) antennas with single, double, and triple notched bands are proposed and investigated for UWB communication applications. The proposed antennas consist of CPW fed monopole with spiral slot etched on the patch. In this paper single, double, and also triple band notches with central frequency of 3.57, 5.12, and 8.21 GHz have been generated by varying the length of a single spiral slot. The proposed antenna is low-profile and of compact size. A stable gain is obtained throughout the operation band except the three notched frequencies. The antennas have omnidirectional and stable radiation patterns across all the relevant bands. Moreover, relatively consistent group delays across the UWB frequencies are noticed for the triple notched band antenna. A prototype of the UWB antenna with triple notched bands is fabricated and the measured results of the antenna are compared with the simulated results.

1. Introduction

In modern communication there has been increasing demand in designing Ultrawideband (UWB) systems [1]. The UWB radio system occupies UWB frequency band, that is, 3.1–10.6 GHz, approved by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [2], in which there might potentially exist several narrow band interferences caused by other wireless communication systems, such as IEEE 802.11a wireless local area network (WLAN) in the frequency band of 5.15–5.35 GHz and 5.725–5.825 GHz and WiMAX mainly around 3.5 GHz. Therefore, it is necessary for UWB antennas to perform band-notched function in those frequency bands to avoid potential interferences. Recently, a number of antennas with band-notched property have been discussed in [315] and various methods have been used to achieve the function. The widely used methods are etching slots on the patch or on the ground plane, that is, C-shaped, H-shaped, L-shaped, U-shaped, V-shaped, arc-shaped, and pie-shaped slot [39]. Slot-type split ring resonators (SRRs) etched on the patch were found to have better performance in this regard [10, 11]. Adding L-shaped and ring-shaped parasitic elements with suitable designs on the bottom of the substrate was another method to generate notched bands [12, 13]. Band-notched property has been realized in Ultrawideband monopole antennas by using a strip bar and a folded strip [14, 15].

Ultrawideband antenna with single notched band was reported in [1618]; then different methods were applied to produce double band-notched function in Ultrawideband antennas [1921]. Lately a number of recent techniques have been proposed to generate triple notched bands [2225]. In [22] triple band notches are realized by adding closed-loop ring in three different layers of the substrate. In [23] three open ended quarter-wavelength slots are used to obtain band-notched characteristics at three frequencies 3.5, 5.5, and 7.5 GHz. The triple band-notched characteristic is obtained by etching a complementary meander line split ring resonator inside the radiation patch and ground plane of a rectangular antenna in [24]. It is shown that the triple band-notched performance at 3.31, 5.81, and 8.53 GHz can be obtained. In [25] the antenna consists of a modified stair cased V-shaped radiating element and partial ground plane. The triple band-notched characteristics are achieved by embedding two different vertical up C-shaped slots with a vertical down C-shaped slot in the radiating patch and in the ground plane, respectively. In [26] four notched bands were observed using four different metallic strips. Further in this structure using only three metallic strips four notched bands were obtained with some modification in the antenna geometry. Therefore to generate multiple band notches the above designs are complicated structures leading to increased fabrication costs, antenna size, and difficulty in the integration with microwave integrated circuits.

In this paper a single spiral slot has been used to generate single, double, and also triple notched bands by varying spiral slot length with central frequency of 3.57, 5.12, and 8.21 GHz, respectively. The main objective of this paper is to present a simple and compact realization with stable radiation performance of a triple band-notched planar antenna suitable for UWB applications. The notched characteristic is achieved in antenna using spiral-shaped slot etched on the radiating patch.

In the proposed structure UWB operation was obtained by using a simple rectangular patch. But in some other structures many complex techniques were used like beveling of patch and ground plane, using slit with matching steps and Defected Ground Structure (DGS) in [23, 24, 26], respectively. In [2226] multiple notched bands were obtained using several metallic resonators or various types of slots while in the proposed structure multiple notched bands are found using a single spiral slot. In the proposed structure the spiral slot is etched on the single layer of patch which is much simpler to realize compared to the multilayered structure as described in [22]. Slots were etched on ground plane in [24, 25] to produce notched bands whereas ground plane is unaffected in the proposed structure. Some of the notched bandwidths are controlled to make them sharper in the proposed structure than the notched bandwidths given in [2325].

The paper is organized into three main sections. The first section is concerned with the antenna that has single turn spiral slot etched on the patch to generate a single notched band. The second section deals with the spiral slot with two turns to achieve double notch bands and in the last section it is described that the spiral slot with three turns etched on the patch is used to achieve triple notch bands. All of these antennas with multiple notched bands are fabricated and experimentally verified.

2. Spiral Slot Loaded Antenna with Single Notch

The proposed structure of spiral slot loaded antenna with single notch is shown in Figure 1. The antenna is printed on the top of a lightweight FR4 (, ) substrate of thickness  mm. The length () and width () of the substrate are 30 mm and 30 mm, respectively. We optimize the antenna geometry for over the wideband frequency range. A symmetric slot has been etched on the patch which produced a single notch. The feed line is a 50Ω CPW line which is connected to the radiating element. For the design of the 50Ω CPW feed line, the dimensions are chosen to be  mm and  mm, where is the width of the feed line and is the gap between feed line and ground plane. The length () and width () of the radiating patch element are 12 mm and 10 mm, respectively. The optimized value of gap between patch and ground plane is kept at  mm. Each of the ground planes has a size of mm2 where  mm and  mm. The spiral-shaped slot etched on patch has a width of  mm. The total length of the slot can be calculated as  mm. To reject the interference with existing wireless band a thin spiral slot has been printed on the radiating patch as a half-guided wavelength resonator to generate the notched band. In our design, the spiral slot is etched with a width of 0.5 mm to produce stronger resonance that guarantees better band-rejected performance.

The simulated and measured return loss of the structure is shown in Figure 2. The simulation has been conducted using High Frequency Structure Simulator 11 (HFSS11). The reference antenna (without slot) exhibits a bandwidth of 7.84 GHz (10.80 GHz–2.96 GHz). By using the Agilent N5230A network analyzer, has been measured. Measured result shows that a notched band is generated from 3.4 GHz to 3.65 GHz.

3. Spiral Slot Loaded Antenna with Double Notch

On the same structure as described previously slot length has been increased 14 mm on both sides which gives dual notch. The gap between two slots is kept at  mm. This structure has been shown in Figure 3.

The simulated and measured return loss of the structure is shown in Figure 4. The simulation has been conducted using High Frequency Structure Simulator 11 (HFSS11). By increasing the slot length two notched bands are obtained. By using the Agilent N5230A network analyzer, has been measured. Measured result shows that it has a bandwidth of 8.11 GHz (11.05 GHz–2.94 GHz) with two notched bands of 2.17 GHz (5.97 GHz–3.8 GHz) and 1.87 GHz (10.07 GHz–8.2 GHz).

4. Spiral Slot Loaded Antenna with Triple Notch

Figure 5 shows that on the same structure as described previously (Figure 3) slot length has been increased 35.4375 mm on both sides. This increased slot length gives triple notch at desired frequencies. The gap between two slots is kept  mm.

From simulated result we are getting a bandwidth of 8.57 GHz covering frequency range from 2.59 to 11.16 GHz shown in Figure 6. By using the Agilent N5230A network analyzer, has been measured. This result shows a bandwidth of 8.11 GHz, covering frequencies from 3.04 to 10.90 GHz along with three notched bands of 0.32 GHz (3.61 GHz–3.29 GHz), 0.84 GHz (5.49 GHz–4.65 GHz), and 1.11 GHz (8.41 GHz–7.3 GHz).

Generally speaking for getting the required notched bands the length of the slot is increased by increasing number of turns. The current distribution is not uniform on the surface of the patch; that is, it varies from center to the edge of the patch. By increasing number of turns of the slot this current distribution is affected in different way and also it introduces new capacitive and inductive loading effect. Therefore this slot is resonating at different frequencies for which the notched bands are obtained.

In order to further understand the behavior of the resonating structure, especially in the notched bands, surface current distribution at five different frequencies 3.57 GHz, 5.12 GHz, 6 GHz, 8.21 GHz, and 9 GHz is simulated and displayed in Figures 7(a), 7(b), 7(c), 7(d), and 7(e), respectively. It is seen that the current distribution around spiral slot resonating structure increases drastically at 3.57 GHz, 5.12, and 8.21 GHz which implies that the spiral slot resonates near 3.57 GHz, 5.12, and 8.21 GHz. Thus, from both the return loss characteristic and the simulated surface current distribution, it can be concluded that the spiral resonator generates the frequency notched function.

The plane (φ = 0° plane) and plane (φ = 90° plane) radiation patterns of the antenna structures are shown in Figure 8. The radiation patterns were measured in an anechoic chamber in the entire bandwidth. The radiation patterns in two planes at six different frequencies are shown in Figure 8. It is seen that this antenna has the nearly monopole-like, omnidirectional radiation pattern. It is observed that at higher frequencies the radiation pattern has tilted because of the fact that at higher frequency surface current distribution increases at ground plane.

The antenna gain is simulated and measured in the entire band. From Figure 9(a) it is found that gain decreases sharply in the notched frequency band. For other frequencies out of the notched frequency band, the antenna exhibits moderate gain. Sharp decrease in gain is observed at the three notched frequencies. The same type of result is obtained for radiation efficiency as shown in Figure 9(b). The efficiency decreases sharply at the notched bands and for other frequencies out of the notched band it shows reasonable values. Hence it can be concluded that the antenna is radiating effectively outside notched bands without great amount of losses due to surface waves.

The simulated and measured results of all the three structures are summarized in Table 1.

5. Parametric Variation

Figure 10(a) shows the variation of notch band frequency with respect to the gap between two slots () and slot width (). Figure 10(b) shows the effects of the gap () between the monopole and ground plane. This gap can control the bandwidth of third notch. In this case, results show that the notched bandwidth for proposed antenna becomes wider when increases from 1.4 mm to 2 mm.

In order to verify the capability of the proposed antenna to operate as UWB antenna, it is necessary to achieve a consistent group delay. The group delay properties of the proposed multiband antenna have been studied and results have been shown in Figure 11. The results show that the simulated group delay is flat with variations below 0.05 ns whereas measured group delay variations are below 1 ns which is acceptable. The fabricated proposed UWB antenna is shown in Figure 12.

6. Conclusion

A novel concept for design of compact UWB monopole antennas with variable single, double, and triple filtering function is proposed. By properly adjusting the length of the spiral slot single, double, and triple notched bands have been generated at WiMAX, WLAN, and satellite communication frequencies. It is also observed that the radiation patterns of the proposed antennas are nearly omnidirectional over the entire operating bandwidth as well as relatively consistent group delay across the UWB frequencies. Moreover, a stable gain is obtained throughout the operation band except the three notched frequencies. The simulated results have been verified with the experimental results and are found to be in good agreement. The proposed multiple band-notched UWB antenna is low-profile, compact having simple structure, and easily compatible with microwave integrated circuits.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.