Study of Compact Tunable Filters Using Negative Refractive Index Transmission Lines
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Today's microwave circuits, whether for communication, radar, or testing systems, need compact tunable microwave filters. Since different microwave circuit applications have radically different size, power, insertion loss, rejection, vibration, and thermal requirements, new filter technologies with different balances between these requirements are always desirable. Negative Refractive Index (NRI) transmission media was discovered 10 years ago with the unique property of negative phase propagation. A literature review was conducted to identify potential NRI methods for filters and other devices, but no NRI tunable filters were found. To address this gap, a family of tunable NRI bandpass filters was simulated and constructed successfully using end-coupled zeroth order resonators. Tuning was accomplished by controlling the negative phase length of the NRI sections with varactors. The resulting L-band filters exhibited a 25-40 percent tunable range, no higher order resonances, and required only one fourth the length of a coupled-line filter constructed from traditional 180 degree microstrip resonators.
Lewis, Brian Patrick (2011). Study of Compact Tunable Filters Using Negative Refractive Index Transmission Lines. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from