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# Analysis of a Coaxial Waveguide with Finite-Length Impedance Loadings in the Inner and Outer Conductors

**Academic Editor:**Mohammad Younis

#### Abstract

A rigorous Wiener-Hopf approach is used to investigate the band stop filter characteristics of a coaxial waveguide with finite-length impedance loading. The representation of the solution to the boundary-value problem in terms of Fourier integrals leads to two simultaneous modified Wiener-Hopf equations whose formal solution is obtained by using the factorization and decomposition procedures. The solution involves 16 infinite sets of unknown coefficients satisfying 16 infinite systems of linear algebraic equations. These systems are solved numerically and some graphical results showing the influence of the spacing between the coaxial cylinders, the surface impedances, and the length of the impedance loadings on the reflection coefficient are presented.

#### 1. Introduction

Coaxial discontinuity structures are widely used as an element of microwave devices, and in the permeability and permittivity measurement for materials [1–3]. Hence, the diffraction at discontinuities in coaxial waveguides is a very important topic in microwave theory and have been subjected to numerous past investigations. Most simple types of discontinuities such as steps in inner or outer conductors (see, e.g., [4–7]) and wall impedance discontinuities [8, 9] were analyzed and characterized. For example, in [8, 9] the scattering of a shielded surface wave in a coaxial waveguide by a wall impedance discontinuity in the inner cylinder has been analyzed. These classical results are related mostly with isolated discontinuities, and fail when there are several of them close enough to interfere with each other. The aim of the present work is to consider a new canonical scattering problem consisting of the propagation of the dominant TEM mode at the finite-length impedance discontinuities in the inner and outer conductors of a coaxial waveguide (see Figure 1). The contributions from the successive impedance discontinuities are accounted for through the solution of a system of coupled modified Wiener-Hopf equations. Notice that the present problem may also be thought as a first-order approximation for coaxial waveguides loaded with a dielectric filled shallow grooves, forming a band stop filter in the microwave region [10]. The band stop properties of such structures are exploited in multiple frequency circuits, such as parametric amplifiers. Constant surface impedance model may also be used to simulate corrugations, thin finite-length dielectric linings on the inner and outer metallic walls of a coaxial waveguide [11–13]. The impedance representation is also applicable to ribbed or helical slow-wave structures if the repeat distance of the ribs or helix is small relative to the distance within which the field in the guide changes substantially. Hence the present problem is also of interest when a coaxial phase shifter is used. It consists of a section of coaxial waveguide with a helix cut in the inner rod, which can be screwed to a variable depth into the end of the smooth inner conductor. The length of this screwed section then provides the required phase shift [9]**.**

A problem similar to the one considered in this work has been recently treated by the authors in the simpler case where the impedance loading is present on the outer conductor only [14]. The generalization consisting of assuming that both inner and outer conductors are loaded with different surface impedances of finite-length is not straightforward since we end up with a coupled system of modified Wiener-Hopf equations. It is well known that the classical Wiener-Hopf technique is applicable when the diffracting obstacle is infinitely thin and has a semi-infinite straight boundary. However, since the impedance loadings on the inner and outer conductors of the coaxial waveguide are of finite-length and are different from each other, the resulting Wiener-Hopf equations are modified and coupled, respectively [15].

The method adopted here is similar to that described in [16] where parallel plate waveguides with different impedance loading of finite-length on the upper and lower plates were dealt with. Indeed, by using the analytical properties of the functions that occur we were able to uncouple these modified Wiener-Hopf equations and obtain the exact formal solution through the factorization and decomposition procedures. The formal solution involves 8 sets of infinitely many constants satisfying 8 sets of infinite systems of algebraic equations. An approximate solution to these infinite system of equations is obtained numerically and the radiation characteristics of the impedance-loaded coaxial waveguide is studied.

#### 2. Analysis

Consider a coaxial waveguide whose inner cylinder is of radius , while the radius of the outer cylinder is with being the usual cylindrical coordinates. The part of the inner and outer conductors are characterized by different constant surface impedances denoted by and respectively, with being the characteristic impedance of the free space.

Let the incident TEM mode with angular frequency and propagating in the positive direction be given by , with where an time factor is assumed and suppressed. is the propagation constant which is assumed to have a small imaginary part corresponding to a medium with damping. The lossless case can be obtained by letting at the end of the analysis.

##### 2.1. Formulation of the Problem

The total field can be written as appearing in (2.1b) is an unknown function which satisfies the Helmholtz equation and the following boundary conditions and continuity relations: where To obtain the unique solution to the mixed boundary value problem stated by (2.2) and (2.3a)–(2.3d) one has to take into account the following edge and radiation conditions [17]:

The infinite-range Fourier transform of (2.2) yields with In (2.4a), stands for The square-root function is defined in the complex -plane, cut along to and to , such that (see Figure 2)

Owing to the analytical properties of Fourier integrals, and are yet unknown functions which are regular in the half-planes and respectively. The function defined by (2.4d) is an unknown entire function.

The solution of (2.4a) reads Here and are spectral coefficients to be determined. By using the Fourier transform of the boundary conditions in (2.3a) and (2.3b), one can easily show that they are related to and through with being given by In (2.7b), the dot denotes the derivative with respect to that is, Hence, (2.6) can be rearranged as with Multiplying both sides of (2.3c) and (2.3d) by and then integrating from to we obtain Putting and then in (2.8a) and its derivative with respect to , and then using the relations (2.9) we end up with the following coupled systems of modified Wiener-Hopf equations valid in the strip : with,

##### 2.2. Solution of the Wiener-Hopf Equations

Now, let us rearrange the equations in (2.10) as with Notice that and are regular functions of in the lower half-plane except at the pole singularity occurring at , while and are regular in the upper half-plane

Now, consider the Wiener-Hopf factorization of the kernel functions , defined in (2.11a) as where and denote certain functions which are regular and free of zeros in the half-planes and , respectively. Their explicit expressions can easily be found by using the method described in [18] Here and denote the symmetrical zeros of and : whereas are the zeros of that is,

Multiplying both sides of (2.12a) by and and both sides of (2.12b) by and we obtain, after using the Wiener-Hopf decomposition procedure, the analytical continuation principle, and the Liouville theorem, the following results [19]: The positions of the integration lines are shown in Figure 2.

The above integrals can be evaluated by using Jordan’s Lemma and the residue theorem. The result is Here the dash denotes the derivative with respect to

The formal solution of the coupled system of Wiener-Hopf equations given by (2.18a)–(2.18h) involves unknown functions, namely, , , , and . In order to determine them we substitute in (2.18a), (2.18b), (2.18g), (2.18h) and in (2.18c), (2.18d), (2.18e), (2.18f), respectively. So, at a first sight, we get infinite systems of algebraic equations. After some straightforward but tedious algebraic manipulations, one can reduce the number of the unkown sets to namely, and These coupled systems of algebraic equations will be solved numerically. The approach used in solving the infinite system of algebraic equations is similar to that employed by Rawlins [20]. By using the edge conditions and the asymptotic behavior of and , one can show that the convergence of the infinite series appearing in these equations is rapid enough to allow truncation at, say . Consequently the infinite systems are replaced by the corresponding finite systems of algebraic equations and then solved by standard numerical algorithms. The value of was increased until the reflected field amplitude being calculated did not change in a given number of decimal places. A typical result is provided by Figure 3. It can be seen that the reflected field amplitude becomes insensitive to the increase of the truncation number for

#### 3. Scattered Field

For and the reflected wave propagating backward is obtained by taking the inverse Fourier transform of , namely, The above integral is calculated by closing the contour in the upper half plane and evaluating the residue contributions from the simple poles occurring at the zeros of lying in the upper -half-plane. The reflection coefficient of the fundamental mode is defined as the ratio of reflected and incident waves amplitudes. It is computed from the contribution of the first pole at The result is

Similarly, the transmitted field in the region and is obtained by inverting : The transmission coefficient of the fundamental mode, which is defined as the ratio of the amplitudes of the transmitted and incident waves, is obtained by evaluating the integral in (3.3) for This integral is now computed by closing the contour in the lower half of the complex -plane. The pole of interest is at whose contribution gives with or equivalently The first term in (3.4a) or in (3.4b) cancels out the incident fundamental mode as expected. The transmission coefficient is then given by

#### 4. Computational Results

In order to observe the influence of the different parameters such as the surface impedances and , the width of the impedance loadings, and the distance between the two coaxial cylinders on the reflection coefficient, some numerical results are presented in this section. In what follows the impedances are assumed to be purely reactive.

Figures 4(a)–4(c) show the amplitude of the reflection coefficient versus the frequency for different values of while , and are held fixed. If and are both capacitive, the band-stop frequencies of the configuration are shifted to the right for increasing values of (Figure 4(a)) In the case where is capacitive while is inductive, the band stop characteristic of the configuration is observed at lower frequencies for increasing the values of (Figure 4(b)). Finally, Figure 4(c) displays the case where the both surface impedances are inductive.

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Figure 5 depicts the variation of the reflected field amplitude for different values of distance between the coaxial cylinders. It is observed that the amplitude of the reflected field decreases when the separation distance increases, as expected. Furthermore, for decreasing values of the outer cylinder radius, the band-stop frequencies of the configuration are shifted to the right. This means that total reflections occur at higher frequencies if the radius of the outer cylinder decreases.

The effect of the width for the impedance loadings on the reflection coefficient is shown in Figure 6. The number of resonances corresponding to the variation of the reflected field increases when the value of increases. But the amplitude related to the reflected field is not affected too much by the width of the impedance surfaces. It is also seen that the curves related to reflected field amplitude approaches to the one calculated from (5.2a), when

#### 5. Discussion

When we let , the Wiener- Hopf equations in (2.10) reduce to Then, the reflection coefficient in (3.2) takes the following form: or which is nothing but the results related to the junction of perfectly conducting and impedance coaxial waveguides shown in Figure 7.

Equations (5.2a) and (5.2b) are obtained by using the Wiener-Hopf equations in (5.1a) and (5.1b), respectively. It can be checked easily that the two expressions are equivalent. and appearing in the above expressions are to be determined through the solution of the following 2 sets of infinite systems of algebraic equations:

Finally, for , the results obtained in the present work to that previously obtained in [3]. Indeed, from Figure 8 we can see that for decreasing values of , the curves approach the result related to the finite-length impedance loading in the outer conductor of a coaxial waveguide obtained in [3] (solid line in Figure 8). This can be considered as a check of the analysis made in this paper.

#### 6. Conclusion

In the present work the propagation of TEM wave in a coaxial waveguide with finite-length impedance loading is investigated rigorously through the Wiener-Hopf technique. In order to obtain the explicit expressions of the reflection coefficient, the problem is first reduced into two coupled modified Wiener-Hopf equations and then solved exactly in a formal sense by using the factorization and decomposition procedures. The formal solution involves infinite series with 8 sets of unknown coefficients satisfying 8 infinite sets of algebraic equations which are solved numerically. The advantage of the present method is that the solution obtained here is valid for all frequencies and impedance lengths. Furthermore, it is observed that for certain values of the surface impedances full reflection occurs, showing that this configuration may be used as a band-stop filter.

Finally, it is noteworthy that the Weiner-Hopf solution provided here could be extended to treat the case where the lengths of the impedances on the inner and outer conductors are different. Other future work could lie in the investigation of wave propagation in coaxial waveguides with successive finite-length impedance loadings.

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