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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 20 — Sep. 27, 2010
  • pp: 20960–20967

Directional control of infrared antenna-coupled tunnel diodes

Brian A. Slovick, Jeffrey A. Bean, Peter M. Krenz, and Glenn D. Boreman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 20, pp. 20960-20967 (2010)

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Directional control of received infrared radiation is demonstrated with a phased-array antenna connected by a coplanar strip transmission line to a metal-oxide-metal (MOM) tunnel diode. We implement a MOM diode to ensure that the measured response originates from the interference of infrared antenna currents at specific locations in the array. The reception angle of the antenna is altered by shifting the diode position along the transmission line connecting the antenna elements. By fabricating the devices on a quarter wave dielectric layer above a ground plane, narrow beam widths of 35° FWHM in power and reception angles of ± 50° are achieved with minimal side lobe contributions. Measured radiation patterns at 10.6 μm are substantiated by electromagnetic simulations as well as an analytic interference model.

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(040.3060) Detectors : Infrared
(110.5100) Imaging systems : Phased-array imaging systems

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Original Manuscript: August 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 10, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 10, 2010
Published: September 17, 2010

Brian A. Slovick, Jeffrey A. Bean, Peter M. Krenz, and Glenn D. Boreman, "Directional control of infrared antenna-coupled tunnel diodes," Opt. Express 18, 20960-20967 (2010)

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