Ultra-wideband reconfigurable x-band and ku-band metasurface beam-steerable reflector for satellite communications

David Rotshild, Amir Abramovich

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Abstract

A continuously reconfigurable metasurface reflector based on unit cell mushroom geometry that was integrated with a varactor diode is presented in this paper. The unit cell of the metasurface was designed and optimized to operate in the X-band and Ku-band, improving satellite commu-nication’s quality of service. The losses mechanisms of continuous control over the unit cell phase reflection in beam steering resolution are considered and the analysis results are presented. The unit cell design parameters were analyzed with an emphasis on losses and dynamic reflection phase range. The unit cell magnitude and phase reflection are shown in the wide frequency bandwidth and showed a good agreement between all the measurements and the simulations. This metasurface enabled a high dynamic range in the unit cell resonant frequency range from 7.8 to 15 GHz. In addition, the reflection phase and absorption calibration are demonstrated for multiple operating frequencies, namely, 11 GHz, 12 GHz, and 13.5 GHz. Furthermore, design trade-offs and manufacturing limitations were considered. Finally, a beam-steering simulation using the designed metasurface is shown and discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2165
JournalElectronics (Switzerland)
Volume10
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Beam steering
  • Ku-band
  • Metasurface
  • Tunable circuits and devices

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