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Committee Members

Kuan-lun Chu (Committee Member), Kefu Xue (Committee Member), Yan Zhuang (Advisor)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)


Leaky wave antenna continuously attracts a lot interests for tuning the radiation direction over a large angle. Various types of leaky wave antenna have been developed since 1940. However, most of these leaky wave antennas suffered from their excessive volume and the required wide range of operating frequency (bandwidth) to achieve a large tuning angle. To circumvent these challenges, research in this thesis is focused on implementation of material (like PZT) with high dielectric constant (k) in a rectangular waveguide leaky wave antenna. Due to the high dielectric constant of PZT ~ 1,900, the propagation wavelength in the waveguide can be dramatically shortened. This allows the leaky wave antenna to be operated at much lower frequency, or to have a significant volume reduction. In addition, using high k material enables bandwidth narrowing. In experiments, 70 degree tuning angle was observed by changing frequency from 2.1217 GHz to 2.235 GHz in a proto-type leaky wave antenna filled with material of . The tuning angle can be further adjusted by the slot length and distance.

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Department or Program

Department of Electrical Engineering

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