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Title:Waves in Anisotropic and Birefringent Artificial Dielectrics
Author(s):O'brien, Michael James
Department / Program:Electrical Engineering
Discipline:Electrical Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Engineering, Electronics and Electrical
Abstract:The recent need for light weight multiple beam communication satellite antenna systems has stimulated renewed interest in artificial dielectrics. The particular dielectric studied is comprised of periodically spaced square arrays of thin square metallic obstacles. The major objectives of this study are first, to determine why the lenses previously built with this material failed to perform properly, and second, to design a functional lens if possible. The wave propagation properties of this type of medium are found using a full wave analysis. An equivalent multiport network models the modal conversion at the obstacle plane. An eiganvalue problem is then formulated to determine an effective index of refraction and wave admittance for the periodic structure. These bulk properties are subsequently used to analyze the propagation of a microwave beam incident on a medium. The refraction of a beam through a simple dielectric slab is considered first because one can include the effects of both the multiple internal reflections and the susceptive discontinuities at the boundary surfaces. Then the more practical prism structure was considered, since the prism has two refracting surfaces like the lens. The theoretically predicted results are verified by experiments with good agreement. These preliminary results indicate the possibility of designing a microwave lens which satisfies Abbe's sine condition by taking into account the inherent deliterious properties of this material, namely anisotropy and birefringence.
Issue Date:1980
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:132 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/66241
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8108617
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-12
Date Deposited:1980


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