Modelling parasitically-coupled patch antennas using the finite-difference time-domain technique

GS Hilton, CJ Railton, MA Beach

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With the increasing interest in the use of printed circuit techniques for the manufacture of millimetre-wave antennas, there is a need to accurately model the radiation, coupling, susceptive loading and resonance mechanisms in order to determine the antennas' input and far-field responses. For instance, with antenna elements fabricated on a high permittivity dielectric, such as alumina, the resonant behaviour of the antenna may be strongly dependent upon the size of the dielectric owing to the level of surface wave radiation. Furthermore, printed antennas tend to be formed into arrays of elements, and therefore coupling and feed line effects must also be considered in the design procedure. The aim of the paper is to demonstrate the use of a general field solving technique in the analysis of patch antennas. In this example, the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) technique is applied to determine the characteristics of a mutually-coupled array of narrow microstrip patches
Translated title of the contributionModelling Parasitically-coupled patch antennas using the Finite-Difference Time-Domain technique
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown
PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Pages186 - 189
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)0852965729
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1993
Event8th International Conference on Antennas and Propagation - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Apr 1993 → …


Conference8th International Conference on Antennas and Propagation
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period1/04/93 → …

Bibliographical note

Conference Proceedings/Title of Journal: IEE 8th Int. Conf. on Antennas and Propagation, Heriot-Watt University, 30 March - 2 April
Rose publication type: Conference contribution

Sponsorship: Ihis work has been possible only through the combined effofts of members of the Microwave and Mathematical Modelling Group at the Centre for Communication Research, University of Bristol


  • antenna radiation patterns
  • finite difference time-domain analysis
  • microstrip antennas


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