The approach in this book is historical and practical. It covers basic designs in more detail than other microstrip antenna books that tend to skip important electrical properties and implementation aspects of these types of antennas. Examples include: quarter-wave patch, quarter by quarter patch, detailed design method for rectangular circularly polarized patch, the use of the TM11 (linear and broadside CP), TM21 (monopole CP pattern) and TM02 (monopole linear) circular patch modes in designs, dual-band antenna designs which allow for independent dual-band frequencies. Limits on broadband matching are discussed. The appendix contains useful simple matching approaches, design details (gain, matching, sidelobes) of the little-studied omnidirectional microstrip antenna (OMA), limits and properties of common single and dual band Planar Inverted F Antenna (PIFA) antenna designs. The second edition has numerous additions to the earlier text which will make the concepts presented clearer. New cavity model analysis equations of circular polarization bandwidth, axial ratio bandwidth and power fraction bandwidth have been included. The section on omnidirectional microstrip antennas is expanded with further design options and analysis. This is also true of the section on Planar Inverted F (PIFA) antennas. The discovery and description of the fictious resonance mode of a microstrip slot antenna has been added to that section. Appendix A, on microstrip antenna substrates has been expanded to provide more detail on the types of substrate and their composition. This is often neglected in other texts. An appendix on elementary impedance matching techniques has been added as these methods have proven useful in my industrial work.
- Chapter 2: Rectangular Microstrip Antennas
- Chapter 3: Circular Microstrip Antennas
- Chapter 4: Broadband Microstrip Antennas
- Chapter 5: Dual-Band Microstrip Antennas
- Chapter 6: Microstrip Arrays
- Chapter 7: Printed Antennas
- Appendix A: Microstrip Antenna Substrates
- Appendix B: Numerical Methods
- Appendix C: Microstrip Transmission Line Design and Discontinuities
- Appendix D: Antenna Topics
- Appendix E: Impedance Matching Techniques
Randy Bancroft, P.E., holds a BSEE from Iowa State University, and a MSEE from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The author of ten publications, including the 1996 book Understanding Electromagnetic Scattering Using the Moment Method, Bancroft is a Senior Member of the IEEE and is credited for six patents. During a diverse career in industry, he has worked for Lockheed, Martin Marietta, Thomson Consumer Electronics, Centurion Wireless, and Ball Aerospace among others.