Microwave signal rectification using artificial composite materials composed of diode-loaded electrically small dipole antennas

Fabrice Auzanneau, Richard W. Ziolkowski

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Abstract

The electromagnetic properties of composite materials composed of dipole or loop antennas (also called molecules) loaded with different linear passive electronic circuits are summarized. These molecules are extended to those molecules whose loads contain some basic nonlinear elements. Several examples are discussed. The simplest nonlinear load is the clamping circuit: a diode and a resistor are connected in series to an electrically small dipole antenna. This is generalized to a more complicated molecule based on a diode bridge. Numerical results generated with a finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) simulator demonstrate how an incident narrow-bandwith pulse interacts with these materials and can be transformed into a baseband, rectified signal, or a signal containing selected harmonics of the fundamental frequency. Potential applications of these artificial material-based signal converters include target identification and signal modulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1628-1637
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Volume46
Issue number11 PART 1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998

Keywords

  • FDTD
  • Harmonics
  • Nonlinear devices
  • Rectification
  • Synthetic materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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