Phased Array Metantennas for Satellite Communications

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Phased Array Metantennas for Satellite Communications
Phased Array Metantennas for Satellite Communications
Journal Title:
IEEE Communications Magazine
Publication Date:
11 February 2022
Chen, Z. N., Qing, X., Tang, X., Liu, W. E. I., & Xu, R. (2022). Phased Array Metantennas for Satellite Communications. IEEE Communications Magazine, 60(1), 46–50.
To optimize the reception and transmission in real-time changing links, phased array antennas have been increasingly investigated and applied in satellite applications. The phased array antenna technology intelligently combines multiple individual antenna elements to improve system performance in terms of gain enhancement, interference cancellation, radiation patterns formation, and radiation beam steering over a wide coverage. This article updates the latest development of metamaterial-based antenna (metantenna) technology in phased array antennas. With metamaterials’ unique electromagnetic properties, which have never been found in nature, metantenna technology has been widely used to miniaturize the antenna element, broaden the bandwidth of the array, suppress the inter-element mutual coupling to eliminate scanning blindness, reduce the number of phase shifters, lower side-lobe levels, and so on. Recently, metantennas have been applied in the phased array technology to further boost the performance and reduce the volume and active device cost of the phased arrays in satellite systems. Two types of phased array metantennas are exemplified. One is the planar phased array metantenna operating at Ka-band with broadband circularly polarized operation over a wide scanning range. The other one is a hybrid architecture of a flat metalens and a circularly polarized phased array at X-band. The proposed low-profile architecture uses fewer phase shifters to lower the system complexity and cost. With performance enhancement and cost reduction, the phased array metantennas are ready to embrace more promising applications in next-generation satellite and radar systems as well as 5G Advanced and future 6G wireless communication systems.
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This research / project is supported by the A*STAR - Industry Alignment Fund — Pre-Positioning Programme
Grant Reference no. : A1897a0040
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