A 3D printed helical antenna with integrated lens

Muhammad Fahad Farooqui, Atif Shamim

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Abstract

A novel antenna configuration comprising a helical antenna with an integrated lens is demonstrated in this work. The antenna is manufactured by a unique combination of 3D printing of plastic material (ABS) and inkjet printing of silver nano-particle based metallic ink. The integration of lens enhances the gain by around 7 dB giving a peak gain of about 16.4 dBi at 9.4 GHz. The helical antenna operates in the end-fire mode and radiates a left-hand circularly polarized (LHCP) pattern. The 3-dB axial ratio (AR) bandwidth of the antenna with lens is 3.2 %. Due to integration of lens and fully printed processing, this antenna configuration offers high gain performance and requires low cost for manufacturing.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation & USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages324-325
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9781479978151
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 26 2015

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