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On the Radiation Characteristics of Full-Loop, Half-Loop and Quasi Half-Loop Bond Wire Antennas

: Ndip, I.; Lang, K.-D.; Reichl, H.; Henke, H.


IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 66 (2018), No.11, pp.5672-5686
ISSN: 0018-926X
ISSN: 0096-1973
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IZM ()

The theory, modeling, measurement and analysis of the radiation characteristics of bond wire antennas (BWAs) is presented in this work. We commence with rigorous formulations, and derivations of analytical models for calculating the vector potential, radiated electromagnetic fields and directivity of full-loop BWAs (FL-BWAs), considering non-constant current distribution along the BWAs. Based on the image theory, we derive an analytical model for calculating the directivity of half-loop BWAs (HL-BWAs) from that of FL-BWAs. Very good correlation is obtained between the directivities calculated analytically using the derived models, and numerically using commercial full-wave solvers, thus validating our analytical approach. We apply the verified models to thoroughly analyze the radiation characteristics of FL-BWAs and HL-BWAs. The radiation characteristics of a HL-BWA is based on the assumption that its reference plane is infinitely large and perfectly conducting. However , for the development of wireless systems, reference planes of finite sizes are required. Therefore, we investigate the impact of realistic dimensions of reference planes. Our results reveal that the radiation characteristics of BWAs referred to as “HL-BWAs” in published literature differ significantly from those of true HL-BWAs. Hence, we introduce the term “quasi half-loop BWA (QHL-BWA)” to describe BWAs with small reference planes. Finally, we analyze the radiation characteristics of QHL-BWAs, and compare their radiation patterns to that of HL-BWAs. For experimental verification, QHL-BWAs were fabricated and measured in the 60 GHz band. Very good correlation was obtained between measurement and simulation results.