Low-Loss Polarization-Agile U-Band Switch

Authors

  • Javier Gomez-Mendez División de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1208-0082
  • Jose Ismael Martinez-Lopez División de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6524-0641
  • Jorge Rodriguez-Cuevas Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4777-951X
  • Andrea G. Martinez-Lopez Centro de investigación en Micro y Nanotecnología, Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad Veracruzana
  • Alexander E. Martynyuk Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5206-3535

Keywords:

P-i-n diodes, circular waveguide, millimeter wave devices, Switches, Microwave commutation

Abstract

A low-loss U-band polarization-agile single pole single throw (SPST) circular waveguide switch with filtering capability is presented. This switch contains a diaphragm based on a ring slot with p-i-n diode switchable radial stubs situated at the cross-section of a circular waveguide. Commutation of the p-i-n diodes permits the control of the transmission characteristics for the incident linearly polarized wave with different orientations of its polarization vector. Due to the application of an original hybrid technology for the diaphragm fabrication, an insertion loss of 0.45 dB and an isolation of 20.6 dB are obtained near the central frequency of 50.0 GHz. The developed SPST switch is suitable for the usage in the antenna block of modern millimeter-wave receivers with polarization reuse due to the ultra-low insertion loss.

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Author Biographies

Javier Gomez-Mendez, División de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Javier Gomez-Mendez was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He received his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, in 2011 and 2015, respectively. Currently he is pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the Engineering Faculty, UNAM. From 2017 he is a lecturer at the Division of Basic Sciences, Engineering Faculty, UNAM. His research interests include phased array antennas and millimeter-wave devices.

Jose Ismael Martinez-Lopez, División de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Jose Ismael Martinez-Lopez (M’13) was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He received his B.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, in 1994, 1998, and 2005, respectively. He is a Professor of electrical engineering at UNAM. In 2006, he was with the Schlumberger Technology Center, Sugar Land, TX, developing antennas for deep induction array tools for the oil industry. In 2009, he was a visiting scholar for one year at the ElectroScience Laboratory, The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, OH. Currently, he is on a sabbatical leave as a visiting scholar at the Nonlinear RF Lab, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, ECE-OSU. His current research interests include antenna arrays, frequency selective surfaces and microwave and millimeter-wave circuits.

Jorge Rodriguez-Cuevas, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Jorge Rodriguez-Cuevas was born in Mexico City, Mexico. He received the B.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico, in 1987, 1995 and 2003, respectively. Furthermore in 2003, he received specialized studies in Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and The United States-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC). Since 1987, he has been with the Electronics Engineering Department, UNAM, where he is a Professor engaged in research and teaching on telecommunication circuits and systems. His current research interests are phased arrays, RF MEMS and microwave and millimeter-wave circuits.

Andrea G. Martinez-Lopez, Centro de investigación en Micro y Nanotecnología, Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad Veracruzana

Andrea G. Martinez-Lopez (M’11) was born in Mexico City, Mexico. She received the Physics Engineer degree from Metropolitan Autonomous University, Mexico City, in 2001, M.Sc. degree from Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados (Cinvestav), Mexico City, in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, in 2009. From 1996 to 2001 she was with the Laboratory of Photolithography, Center of Applied Sciences and Technologic Development (CCADET), UNAM and from 2003 to 2004 she was with the Laboratory of Thin Films and Vacuum, Institute of Astronomy, UNAM. From 2011 to 2014 she served as a Director of the Center of Micro- and Nanotechnology (MICRONA) at the University of Veracruz. She is currently a researcher at MICRONA and a Head of Microfabrication and Advanced Design Laboratory (LaMDDA) at MICRONA.

Alexander E. Martynyuk, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Alexander E. Martynyuk was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He received the M.Sc. degree in radio engineering in 1988 from the Kiev Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine, and the Ph.D. degree in 1993 from the same institute. From 1988 to 1995, he was with the Faculty of Radio Engineering of the Kiev Polytechnic Institute. From 1995 he is with the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City. He is currently a Professor at the Engineering Faculty, UNAM. His research interests include microwave and millimeter-wave devices, antenna arrays and millimeter-wave communications.

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Published

2021-03-13

How to Cite

Gomez-Mendez, J., Martinez-Lopez, J. I., Rodriguez-Cuevas, J., Martinez-Lopez, A. G., & Martynyuk, A. E. (2021). Low-Loss Polarization-Agile U-Band Switch. IEEE Latin America Transactions, 18(9), 1656–1663. Retrieved from https://latamt.ieeer9.org/index.php/transactions/article/view/3123