In this work, the tunable properties of nematic liquid crystals are exploited in order to design a Fabry-Perot cavity (FPC) leaky-wave antenna (LWA) with beam steering capability at fixed frequency in the THz range. The considered design is a grounded dielectric slab covered with a multistack of alternating layers of low- and high-permittivity dielectric materials, consisting of nematic liquid crystals and alumina thin films, respectively. The former allows for achieving the beam-steering capability at a fixed frequency. Full-wave simulations confirmed the pattern reconfigurability of the device, thus opening very interesting possibilities for the realization of reconfigurable THz antennas.
19 Mar 2017
2017 11th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EUCAP)