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Committee Members

Henry Chen (Committee Member), Marian Kazimierczuk (Committee Member), Yan Zhuang (Advisor)

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Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)


The main radiation mechanism in a leaky wave antenna is a travelling wave in a guided structure. The main characteristics of a leaky wave antenna are: light weight, easy to fabricate. Leaky wave antennas have been in use since the 1940s. In this thesis, a portable and powerful leaky-wave antenna is designed, implemented, and demonstrated for scanning application. We change the guiding structure by applying a high dielectric constant material to produce a low-cost, small size, light weight, and high sensitivity leaky-wave antenna. The designed antenna can reach large scan angles with small frequency tuned. High scanning angles can be achieved by slight variation of the operating frequency. The radiation direction of the antenna can be varied with the frequency.

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Department or Program

Department of Electrical Engineering

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