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A low cost approach for the fabrication of microwave phase shifter on laminates

Goel, Poonam and Vinoy, KJ (2011) A low cost approach for the fabrication of microwave phase shifter on laminates. In: Microsystem Technologies, 17 (10-11). pp. 1653-1660.

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Abstract

This paper presents a simple and low cost fabrication approach using extended printed circuit board processing techniques for an electrostatically actuated phase shifter on a common microwave laminate. This approach uses 15 mu m thin copper foils for realizing the bridge structures as well as for a spacer. A polymeric thin film deposited by spin coating and patterned using lithographic process is used as a dielectric layer to improve the reliability of the device. The prototype of the phase shifter for X-band operation is fabricated and tested for electrical and electromechanical performance parameters. The realized devices have a figure of merit of 70 degrees/dB for a maximum applied bias potential of 85 V. Since these phase shifters can be conveniently fabricated directly on microwave substrates used for feed distribution networks of phased arrays, the overall addition in cost, dimensions and processing for including these phase shifters in these arrays is minimal.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Springer.
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Communication Engineering
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2011 09:56
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2011 09:56
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/42632

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