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Tunable THz antennas based on a single unpatterned graphene sheet placed inside a grounded dielectric multilayer are studied with the aim of characterizing their performance in terms of pattern reconfigurability, directivity, and radiation efficiency. The considered structures belong to the class of Fabry-Perot cavity (FPC) antennas, whose radiation mechanism relies on the excitation of cylindrical leaky waves with an ordinary (i.e., nonplasmonic) sinusoidal transverse modal profile. This allows for achieving radiation efficiencies considerably higher than those of alternative graphene-based radiators based on the excitation of surface-plasmon polaritons (SPPs) either in bound or leaky propagation regimes. A customized efficient circuit model has been employed in order to obtain all the radiation characteristics of such graphene FPC antennas, which have also been fully validated by means of a CAD tool. The role of …
Publication date: 
1 Apr 2017

Walter Fuscaldo, Paolo Burghignoli, Paolo Baccarelli, Alessandro Galli

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Volume: 65 Issue: 4 Pages: 1651-1660
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation