Sample records for chlorophyll antenna size

  1. Modulation of the light-harvesting chlorophyll antenna size in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii by TLA1 gene over-expression and RNA interference

    Mitra, Mautusi; Kirst, Henning; Dewez, David; Melis, Anastasios


    Truncated light-harvesting antenna 1 (TLA1) is a nuclear gene proposed to regulate the chlorophyll (Chl) antenna size in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. The Chl antenna size of the photosystems and the chloroplast ultrastructure were manipulated upon TLA1 gene over-expression and RNAi downregulation. The TLA1 over-expressing lines possessed a larger chlorophyll antenna size for both photosystems and contained greater levels of Chl b per cell relative to the wild type. Conversely, TLA1 RNAi transformants had a smaller Chl antenna size for both photosystems and lower levels of Chl b per cell. Western blot analyses of the TLA1 over-expressing and RNAi transformants showed that modulation of TLA1 gene expression was paralleled by modulation in the expression of light-harvesting protein, reaction centre D1 and D2, and VIPP1 genes. Transmission electron microscopy showed that modulation of TLA1 gene expression impacts the organization of thylakoid membranes in the chloroplast. Over-expressing lines showed well-defined grana, whereas RNAi transformants possessed loosely held together and more stroma-exposed thylakoids. Cell fractionation suggested localization of the TLA1 protein in the inner chloroplast envelope and potentially in association with nascent thylakoid membranes, indicating a role in Chl antenna assembly and thylakoid membrane biogenesis. The results provide a mechanistic understanding of the Chl antenna size regulation by the TLA1 gene. PMID:23148270

  2. Maximizing photosynthetic productivity and solar conversion efficiency in microalgae by minimizing the light-harvesting chlorophyll antenna size of the photosystems

    Melis, A.; Neidhardt, J.; Benemann, J.R. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology


    The solar conversion efficiency and productivity of photosynthesis in light-acclimated Dunaliella salina (green algae) were analyzed. Cells were grown under continuous low-light (LL; 100 {micro}mol photons/m{sup 2} s) or high-light (HL; 2,000 {micro}mol photons/m{sup 2} s) conditions. HL-grown cells exhibited signs of chronic photoinhibition, i.e., a lower pigment content, a highly truncated chlorophyll (Chl) antenna size for the photosystems, and accumulation of photodamaged photosystem-II (PSII) reaction centers in the chloroplast thylakoids. In spite of these deficiencies, high-light-grown cells showed photosynthetic productivity (300 mmol O{sub 2}/(mol Chl) s) that was {approximately} 3 times greater than that of the normally pigmented LL-grown cells ({approximately} 100 mmol O{sub 2}/(mol Chl) s). Recovery from photoinhibition in the HL-grown cells, induced in the absence of a light-harvesting Chl antenna size enlargement, increased photosynthetic productivity further to {approximately} 650 mmol O{sub 2}/(mol Chl) s. It is shown that, under moderate to high light conditions, D. salina with a highly truncated Chl antenna size will display superior photosynthetic productivity, solar conversion efficiency and H{sub 2} production when compared to the normally pigmented control cells. Estimates of H{sub 2} production in mass culture suggest an average of 200 L H{sub 2}/m{sup 2} d for the cells with the truncated Chl antenna, and less than 50 L H{sub 2}/m{sup 2} d for the normally pigmented cells.

  3. Vertical Meandering Approach for Antenna Size Reduction

    Li Deng; Shu-Fang Li; Ka-Leung Lau; Quan Xue


    A novel vertical meandering technique to reduce the lateral size of a planar printed antenna is presented. It is implemented by dividing a conventional spiral patch into a different number of segments and placing them on different sides of the microwave substrate with vias as the connections. To confirm the validity of this technique, measured electrical performance and radiation characteristics of five antennas with different numbers of segments are compared. The smallest antenna is reduced ...

  4. Photoprotective Energy Dissipation in Higher Plants Involves Alteration of the Excited State Energy of the Emitting Chlorophyll(s) in the Light Harvesting Antenna II (LHCII)*

    Johnson, Matthew P.; Ruban, Alexander V.


    Non-photochemical quenching (NPQ), a mechanism of energy dissipation in higher plants protects photosystem II (PSII) reaction centers from damage by excess light. NPQ involves a reduction in the chlorophyll excited state lifetime in the PSII harvesting antenna (LHCII) by a quencher. Yet, little is known about the effect of the quencher on chlorophyll excited state energy and dynamics. Application of picosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy demonstrated that NPQ involves a red-shift ...

  5. Tracing the evolution of the light-harvesting antennae in chlorophyll a/b-containing organisms.

    Koziol, Adam G; Borza, Tudor; Ishida, Ken-Ichiro; Keeling, Patrick; Lee, Robert W; Durnford, Dion G


    The light-harvesting complexes (LHCs) of land plants and green algae have essential roles in light capture and photoprotection. Though the functional diversity of the individual LHC proteins are well described in many land plants, the extent of this family in the majority of green algal groups is unknown. To examine the evolution of the chlorophyll a/b antennae system and to infer its ancestral state, we initiated several expressed sequence tag projects from a taxonomically broad range of chlorophyll a/b-containing protists. This included representatives from the Ulvophyceae (Acetabularia acetabulum), the Mesostigmatophyceae (Mesostigma viride), and the Prasinophyceae (Micromonas sp.), as well as one representative from each of the Euglenozoa (Euglena gracilis) and Chlorarachniophyta (Bigelowiella natans), whose plastids evolved secondarily from a green alga. It is clear that the core antenna system was well developed prior to green algal diversification and likely consisted of the CP29 (Lhcb4) and CP26 (Lhcb5) proteins associated with photosystem II plus a photosystem I antenna composed of proteins encoded by at least Lhca3 and two green algal-specific proteins encoded by the Lhca2 and 9 genes. In organisms containing secondary plastids, we found no evidence for orthologs to the plant/algal antennae with the exception of CP29. We also identified PsbS homologs in the Ulvophyceae and the Prasinophyceae, indicating that this distinctive protein appeared prior to green algal diversification. This analysis provides a snapshot of the antenna systems in diverse green algae, and allows us to infer the changing complexity of the antenna system during green algal evolution. PMID:17307901

  6. Predicting crappie recruitment in Ohio reservoirs with spawning stock size, larval density, and chlorophyll concentrations

    Bunnell, David B.; Hale, R. Scott; Vanni, Michael J.; Stein, Roy A.


    Stock-recruit models typically use only spawning stock size as a predictor of recruitment to a fishery. In this paper, however, we used spawning stock size as well as larval density and key environmental variables to predict recruitment of white crappies Pomoxis annularis and black crappies P. nigromaculatus, a genus notorious for variable recruitment. We sampled adults and recruits from 11 Ohio reservoirs and larvae from 9 reservoirs during 1998-2001. We sampled chlorophyll as an index of reservoir productivity and obtained daily estimates of water elevation to determine the impact of hydrology on recruitment. Akaike's information criterion (AIC) revealed that Ricker and Beverton-Holt stock-recruit models that included chlorophyll best explained the variation in larval density and age-2 recruits. Specifically, spawning stock catch per effort (CPE) and chlorophyll explained 63-64% of the variation in larval density. In turn, larval density and chlorophyll explained 43-49% of the variation in age-2 recruit CPE. Finally, spawning stock CPE and chlorophyll were the best predictors of recruit CPE (i.e., 74-86%). Although larval density and recruitment increased with chlorophyll, neither was related to seasonal water elevation. Also, the AIC generally did not distinguish between Ricker and Beverton-Holt models. From these relationships, we concluded that crappie recruitment can be limited by spawning stock CPE and larval production when spawning stock sizes are low (i.e., CPE , 5 crappies/net-night). At higher levels of spawning stock sizes, spawning stock CPE and recruitment were less clearly related. To predict recruitment in Ohio reservoirs, managers should assess spawning stock CPE with trap nets and estimate chlorophyll concentrations. To increase crappie recruitment in reservoirs where recruitment is consistently poor, managers should use regulations to increase spawning stock size, which, in turn, should increase larval production and recruits to the fishery.

  7. Non-photochemical quenching in cryptophyte alga Rhodomonas salina is located in chlorophyll a/c antennae.

    Kaňa, Radek; Kotabová, Eva; Sobotka, Roman; Prášil, Ondřej


    Photosynthesis uses light as a source of energy but its excess can result in production of harmful oxygen radicals. To avoid any resulting damage, phototrophic organisms can employ a process known as non-photochemical quenching (NPQ), where excess light energy is safely dissipated as heat. The mechanism(s) of NPQ vary among different phototrophs. Here, we describe a new type of NPQ in the organism Rhodomonas salina, an alga belonging to the cryptophytes, part of the chromalveolate supergroup. Cryptophytes are exceptional among photosynthetic chromalveolates as they use both chlorophyll a/c proteins and phycobiliproteins for light harvesting. All our data demonstrates that NPQ in cryptophytes differs significantly from other chromalveolates - e.g. diatoms and it is also unique in comparison to NPQ in green algae and in higher plants: (1) there is no light induced xanthophyll cycle; (2) NPQ resembles the fast and flexible energetic quenching (qE) of higher plants, including its fast recovery; (3) a direct antennae protonation is involved in NPQ, similar to that found in higher plants. Further, fluorescence spectroscopy and biochemical characterization of isolated photosynthetic complexes suggest that NPQ in R. salina occurs in the chlorophyll a/c antennae but not in phycobiliproteins. All these results demonstrate that NPQ in cryptophytes represents a novel class of effective and flexible non-photochemical quenching. PMID:22235327

  8. Excitation energy transfer in intact cells and in the phycobiliprotein antennae of the chlorophyll d containing cyanobacterium Acaryochloris marina.

    Theiss, Christoph; Schmitt, Franz-Josef; Pieper, Jörg; Nganou, Collins; Grehn, Moritz; Vitali, Marco; Olliges, Rachel; Eichler, Hans Joachim; Eckert, Hann-Jörg


    The cyanobacterium Acaryochloris marina is unique because it mainly contains Chlorophyll d (Chl d) in the core complexes of PS I and PS II instead of the usually dominant Chl a. Furthermore, its light harvesting system has a structure also different from other cyanobacteria. It has both, a membrane-internal chlorophyll containing antenna and a membrane-external phycobiliprotein (PBP) complex. The first one binds Chl d and is structurally analogous to CP43. The latter one has a rod-like structure consisting of three phycocyanin (PC) homohexamers and one heterohexamer containing PC and allophycocyanin (APC). In this paper, we give an overview on the investigations of excitation energy transfer (EET) in this PBP-light-harvesting system and of charge separation in the photosystem II (PS II) reaction center of A. marina performed at the Technische Universität Berlin. Due to the unique structure of the PBP antenna in A. marina, this EET occurs on a much shorter overall time scale than in other cyanobacteria. We also briefly discuss the question of the pigment composition in the reaction center (RC) of PS II and the nature of the primary donor of the PS II RC. PMID:21396735

  9. Novel small-size directional antenna for UWB WBAN/WPAN applications

    Klemm, M.; Kovacs, Istvan Z.; Gert F. Pedersen; Troster, Gerhard


    This paper presents a novel small-size directional antenna design for ultrawide-band wireless body area networks/wireless personal area networks applications. The design is based on a typical slot antenna structure with an added reflector in order to achieve directionality. The effects of different antenna parameters and human body proximity on the radiation characteristics are analyzed. Antenna measurements with an optic RF setup were performed in order to characterize the small-size antenna...


    Yang Zhengguang; Su Donglin; Lü Shanwei


    A rectangle capacity patch was adopted as the resonance unit of the Log Periodic Dipole Antenna (LPDA) so as to realize the miniaturization of this aerial in this paper. Fifteen rectangle capacity patch units of different parameters were analyzed in this paper and three design laws of size-reduction were found. According to these design laws, a 70% miniaturization ratio LPDA was designed and fabricated. The Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR) and pattern of the fabricated LPDA were measured. The results indicate that this size-reduction method do not deteriorate performance.

  11. Differentiation between heterotrophic and photosynthetic plankton by size fractionation, glucose uptake, ATP and chlorophyll content

    By means of a technique which included 3H-D-glucose uptake, ATP and chlorophyll analyses in different size fractions of lake water microorganisms, the bacterial and the phytoplankton biomasses were estimated from four eutrophic lakes. Short term glucose uptake experiments and chlorophyll analyses in lake water used as indicators of the bacteria and the phytoplankton present in the different size fractions, whereas ATP measurements were used to quantify their respective biomasses. The bacteria comprised between 3 and 18% of total biomass (phytoplankton + bacteria) and between 50 and 90% of the bacteria were free-living. The numbers of bacteria calculated from the bacterial ATP content were 20 to 50% higher than the numbers estimated by direct counting. (author)

  12. Two-photon excited fluorescence from higher electronic states of chlorophylls in photosynthetic antenna complexes a new approach to detect strong excitonic chlorophyll a/b coupling

    Leupold, D; Ehlert, J; Irrgang, K D; Renger, G; Lokstein, H


    Stepwise two-photon excitation of chlorophyll a and b in the higher plant main light-harvesting complex (LHC II) and the minor complex CP29 (as well as in organic solution) with 100-fs pulses in the Q/sub y/ region results in a weak blue fluorescence. The dependence of the spectral shape of the blue fluorescence on excitation wavelength offers a new approach to elucidate the long-standing problem of the origin of spectral "chlorophyll forms" in pigment-protein complexes, in particular the characterization of chlorophyll a/b-heterodimers. As a first result we present evidence for the existence of strong chlorophyll a/b-interactions (excitonically coupled transitions at 650 and 680 nm) in LHC II at ambient temperature. In comparison with LHC II, the experiments with CP29 provide further evidence that the lowest energy chlorophyll a transition (at ~680 nm) is not excitonically coupled to chlorophyll b. (22 refs).

  13. Synthesis of self-aggregative zinc chlorophylls possessing polymerizable esters as a atable model compound for main light-harvesting antennas of green photosynthetic bacteria

    Reiko Shibata; Kazuya Nishihara; Hitoshi Tamiaki


    Zinc bacteriochlorophyll-d derivatives possessing a polymerizable moiety at the 17-propionate were prepared as model compounds of natural occurring chlorophylls in the main peripheral antennas of green photosynthetic bacteria (chlorosomes). The synthetic compounds self-aggregated in nonpolar organic solvents as well as in the solid state to give large oligomers similar to chlorosomal J-aggregates. Such introduction of the polymerizable groups in the ester did not suppress the ability of ...

  14. Radiation Characteristics of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii CC125 and Its Truncated Chlorophyll Antenna Transformants tla1, tlaX, and 37RP1-tla1

    Berberoglu, Halil; Pilon, Laurent; Melis, Anastasios


    This experimental study reports, for the first time, the radiation characteristics of the unicellular green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii strain CC125 and its truncated chlorophyll antenna transformants tla1, tlaX, and tla1-CW+. Photobiological hydrogen production is a sustainable alternative to thermochemical and electrolytic technologies with the possible advantage of carbon dioxide mitigation. However, scale-up of photobioreactors from bench top to industrial scale is made difficult by e...

  15. Two-photon excited fluorescence from higher electronic states of chlorophylls in photosynthetic antenna complexes: a new approach to detect strong excitonic chlorophyll a/b coupling.

    Leupold, Dieter; Teuchner, Klaus; Ehlert, Jürgen; Irrgang, Klaus-Dieter; Renger, Gernot; Lokstein, Heiko


    Stepwise two-photon excitation of chlorophyll a and b in the higher plant main light-harvesting complex (LHC II) and the minor complex CP29 (as well as in organic solution) with 100-fs pulses in the Q(y) region results in a weak blue fluorescence. The dependence of the spectral shape of the blue fluorescence on excitation wavelength offers a new approach to elucidate the long-standing problem of the origin of spectral "chlorophyll forms" in pigment-protein complexes, in particular the charact...

  16. Lutein is needed for efficient chlorophyll triplet quenching in the major LHCII antenna complex of higher plants and effective photoprotection in vivo under strong light

    Havaux Michel


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Lutein is the most abundant xanthophyll in the photosynthetic apparatus of higher plants. It binds to site L1 of all Lhc proteins, whose occupancy is indispensable for protein folding and quenching chlorophyll triplets. Thus, the lack of a visible phenotype in mutants lacking lutein has been surprising. Results We have re-assessed the lut2.1 phenotypes through biochemical and spectroscopic methods. Lhc proteins from the lut2.1 mutant compensate the lack of lutein by binding violaxanthin in sites L1 and L2. This substitution reduces the capacity for regulatory mechanisms such as NPQ, reduces antenna size, induces the compensatory synthesis of Antheraxanthin + Zeaxanthin, and prevents the trimerization of LHCII complexes. In vitro reconstitution shows that the lack of lutein per se is sufficient to prevent trimerization. lut2.1 showed a reduced capacity for state I – state II transitions, a selective degradation of Lhcb1 and 2, and a higher level of photodamage in high light and/or low temperature, suggesting that violaxanthin cannot fully restore chlorophyll triplet quenching. In vitro photobleaching experiments and time-resolved spectroscopy of carotenoid triplet formation confirmed this hypothesis. The npq1lut2.1 double mutant, lacking both zeaxanthin and lutein, is highly susceptible to light stress. Conclusion Lutein has the specific property of quenching harmful 3Chl* by binding at site L1 of the major LHCII complex and of other Lhc proteins of plants, thus preventing ROS formation. Substitution of lutein by violaxanthin decreases the efficiency of 3Chl* quenching and causes higher ROS yield. The phenotype of lut2.1 mutant in low light is weak only because rescuing mechanisms of photoprotection, namely zeaxanthin synthesis, compensate for the ROS production. We conclude that zeaxanthin is effective in photoprotection of plants lacking lutein due to the multiple effects of zeaxanthin in photoprotection, including ROS

  17. Compact-Size Low-Profile Wideband Circularly Polarized Omnidirectional Patch Antenna With Reconfigurable Polarizations

    Cai, Yuan-Ming; Gao, Steven; Yin, Yingzeng; Li, Wenting; Luo, Qi


    A compact-size low-profile wideband circularly polarized (CP) omnidirectional antenna with reconfigurable polarizations is presented in this communication. This design is based on a low-profile omnidirectional CP antenna which consists of a vertically polarized microstrip patch antenna working in TM01/TM02 modes and sequentially bended slots etched on the ground plane for radiating horizontally polarized electric field. The combined radiation from both the microstrip patch and the slots leads...

  18. Dual-frequency Circularly-polarized Patch Antenna with Compact Size and Small Frequency Ratio

    Bao, Xiulong; Ammann, Max


    A novel probe-fed single-layer annular-ring patch antenna for dual-frequency circular polarization is evaluated numerically and experimentally verified. The proposed antenna consists of a small circular patch surrounded by two concentric annular-rings, which is loaded by an unequal lateral cross-slot ground plane. The circularly-polarized frequency ratio of the two resonant modes is tunable to a small value, suitable for wireless communications systems. The patch size of the proposed antenna ...

  19. Small-Size Meandered Loop Antenna for WLAN Dongle Devices

    Wen-Shan Chen; Chien-Min Cheng; Da-Huei Lee; Chun-Lin Ciou; Wei-Syun Sin; Guang-Yuan Cai


    This paper proposes a loop-type USB dongle antenna, which is fabricated on a 1.6 mm thick FR-4 substrate for WLAN band systems. The front side of substrate consists of a 50-ohm coaxial line and a multiarm monopole antenna, while the back side has a meandered loop antenna connected to the ground by two via holes. The meandered loop resonates half-wavelength mode at about 2.4 GHz and its higher modes. The higher modes excited by the multiarm monopole form the 5.2 GHz frequency band. The bandwid...

  20. Novel type of red-shifted chlorophyll a antenna complex from Chromera velia: II. Biochemistry and spectroscopy

    Bína, David; Gardian, Zdenko; Herbstová, Miroslava; Kotabová, Eva; Koník, P.; Litvín, Radek; Prášil, Ondřej; Tichý, Josef; Vácha, František


    Roč. 1837, č. 6 (2014), s. 802-810. ISSN 0005-2728 R&D Projects: GA ČR GBP501/12/G055 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 ; RVO:61388971 Keywords : Chromera velia * red-shifted chlorophyll * Chlorophyll fluorescence Subject RIV: CE - Biochemistry; CE - Biochemistry (MBU-M) Impact factor: 5.353, year: 2014

  1. High Isolation and Low Correlation Small Size Multi-Antenna for MIMO Mobile Terminals


    A new method of forming a four-port multi-antenna by a two-unit patch antenna array is proposed to design a high isolation low correlation stroll size multi-antenna. Dual polarization is real-ized by the method of feeding in two ports. Defec-ted Ground Structure (DGS) is used to eliminate the coupling between the two antenna units. The test results show that the isolation between two ports reaches around 20dB, and that the antenna correlation coefficients is less than 0. 5, which meets the requirements of future mobile communi-cation systems and provides a solution to multi-antenna of MIMO terminals.

  2. Low-energy chlorophyll states in the CP43 antenna protein complex: simulation of various optical spectra. II.

    Reppert, Mike; Zazubovich, Valter; Dang, Nhan C; Seibert, Michael; Jankowiak, Ryszard


    The CP43 protein complex of the core antenna of higher plant photosystem II (PSII) has two quasidegenerate "red" absorption states. It has been shown in the accompanying paper I (Dang, N. C., et al. J. Phys. Chem. B 2008, 112, 9921.) that the site distribution functions (SDFs) of red-states A and B are uncorrelated and the narrow holes are burned in subpopulations of chlorophylls (Chls) from states A and B that are the lowest-energy pigments in their particular CP43 complexes and cannot further transfer energy downhill. In this work, we present the results of a series of Monte Carlo simulations using the 3.0-A structure of the PSII core complex from cyanobacteria (Loll, B., et al. Nature 2005, 303, 1040.) to model absorption, emission, persistent, and transient hole burned (HB) spectra. At the current structural resolution, we found calculated site energies (obtained from INDO/S calculations) to be only suggestive because their values are different for the two monomers of CP43 in the PS II dimer. As a result, to probe the excitonic structure, a simple fitting procedure was employed to optimize Chl site energies from various starting values corresponding to different A/B pigment combinations to provide simultaneously good fits to several types of optical spectra. It is demonstrated that the shape of the calculated absorption, emission, and transient/persistent hole-burned spectra is consistent with experimental data and our model for excitation energy transfer between two quasi-degenerate lowest-E states (A and B) with uncorrelated SDFs discussed in paper I. Calculations revealed that absorption changes observed near 670 nm in the non-line-narrowed persistent HB spectra (assigned to photoconversion involving Chl-protein hydrogen-bonding by Hughes (Biochemistry 2006, 45, 12345.) are most likely the result of nonphotochemical hole-burning (NPHB) accompanied by the redistribution of oscillator strength due to modified excitonic interactions. We argue that a unique

  3. Phytoplankton size class derived from phytoplankton absorption and chlorophyll-a concentrations in the northern South China Sea

    WANG Guoqing; CAO Wenxi; WANG Guifen; ZHOU Wen


    A previously developed model was modified to derive three phytoplankton size classes (micro-,nano-,and pico-phytoplankton) from the overall chlorophyll-a concentration,assuming that each class has a specific absorption coefficient.The modified model performed well using in-situ data from the northern South China Sea,and the results were reliable and accurate.The relative errors of the size-fractioned chlorophyll-a concentration for each size class were:micro-:21%,nano-:41%,pico-:26%,and nano+pico:23%.The model was then applied on ocean color remote sensing data to examine the distribution and variation of phytoplankton size classes in northern South China Sea on a large scale.

  4. Size-fractionated Chlorophyll a biomass in the northern South China Sea in summer 2014

    Liu, Haijiao; Xue, Bing; Feng, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Rui; Chen, Mianrun; Sun, Jun


    Spatial distribution of phaeopigment and size-fractionated chlorophyll a (Chl a) concentrations were examined in relation to hydrographic conditions in the northern South China Sea (NSCS) during a survey from 20 August to 12 September, 2014. The total Chl a concentration varied from 0.006 to 1.488 µg/L with a mean value of 0.259±0.247 (mean±standard deviation) µg/L. Chl a concentration was generally higher in shallow water (200 m), with mean values of 0.364±0.311 µg/L and 0.206±0.192 µg/L respectively. Vertically, the maximum total Chl a concentration appeared at depths of 30-50 m and gradually decreased below 100 m. The size-fractionated Chl a concentrations of grid stations and time-series stations (SEATS and J4) were determined, with values of pico- (0.7-2 µm), nano- (2-20 µm) and micro-plankton (20-200 µm) ranging from 0.001-0.287 (0.093±0.071 µg/L), 0.004-1.149 (0.148±0.192 µg/L) and 0.001-0.208 (0.023±0.036 µg/L), respectively. Phaeopigment concentrations were determined at specific depths at ten stations, except for at station A9, and varied from 0.007 to 0.572 (0.127±0.164) µg/L. Nano-and pico-plankton were the major contributors to total phytoplankton biomass, accounting for 50.99%±15.01% and 39.30%±15.41%, respectively, whereas microplankton only accounted for 9.39%±8.66%. The results indicate that the contributions of microplankton to total Chl a biomass were less important than picoplankton or nanoplankton in the surveyed NSCS. Different sized-Chl a had similar spatial patterns, with peak values all observed in subsurface waters (30-50 m). The summer monsoon, Kuroshio waters, Zhujiang (Pearl) River plume, and hydrological conditions are speculated to be the factors controlling the abundance and spatial heterogeneity of Chl a biomass in the NSCS.

  5. Radiation characteristics of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii CC125 and its truncated chlorophyll antenna transformants tla1, tlaX and tla1-CW{sup +}

    Berberoglu, Halil; Pilon, Laurent [Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States); Melis, Anastasios [Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)


    This experimental study reports, for the first time, the radiation characteristics of the unicellular green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii strain CC125 and its truncated chlorophyll antenna transformants tla1, tlaX and tla1-CW{sup +}. Photobiological hydrogen production is a sustainable alternative to thermo-chemical and electrolytic technologies with the possible advantage of carbon dioxide mitigation. However, scale-up of photobioreactors from bench top to industrial scale is made difficult by excessive absorption and waste of light energy as heat and fluorescence. This results in limited light penetration into the photobioreactor and low solar to hydrogen energy conversion efficiency. To overcome these challenges, the algae C. reinhardtii have been genetically engineered with reduced pigment concentrations in their photosystems. This can improve the performance of photobioreactors by increasing the saturation irradiance of algae and quantum efficiency of photobiological hydrogen production. The extinction and absorption coefficients of all strains studied are obtained from normal-normal and normal-hemispherical transmittance measurements over the spectral range from 300 to 1300 nm. Moreover, a polar nephelometer is used to measure the scattering phase function of the microorganisms at 632.8 nm. It is established that the wild strain C. reinhardtii CC125 has major absorption peaks at 435 and 676 nm, corresponding to the in vivo absorption peaks of chlorophyll a, and at 475 and 650 nm corresponding to those of chlorophyll b. The genetically engineered strains have less chlorophyll pigments than the wild strain and thus have smaller absorption cross-sections. In particular, the mutant tlaX features a significant reduction in chlorophyll b concentration. For all mutants, however, the reduction in the absorption cross-section is accompanied by an increase in scattering cross-section. Although scattering becomes the dominant phenomenon contributing to the overall

  6. The lowest-energy chlorophyll of photosystem II is adjacent to the peripheral antenna: Emitting states of CP47 assigned via circularly polarized luminescence.

    Hall, Jeremy; Renger, Thomas; Müh, Frank; Picorel, Rafael; Krausz, Elmars


    The identification of low-energy chlorophyll pigments in photosystem II (PSII) is critical to our understanding of the kinetics and mechanism of this important enzyme. We report parallel circular dichroism (CD) and circularly polarized luminescence (CPL) measurements at liquid helium temperatures of the proximal antenna protein CP47. This assembly hosts the lowest-energy chlorophylls in PSII, responsible for the well-known "F695" fluorescence band of thylakoids and PSII core complexes. Our new spectra enable a clear identification of the lowest-energy exciton state of CP47. This state exhibits a small but measurable excitonic delocalization, as predicated by its CD and CPL. Using structure-based simulations incorporating the new spectra, we propose a revised set of site energies for the 16 chlorophylls of CP47. The significant difference from previous analyses is that the lowest-energy pigment is assigned as Chl 612 (alternately numbered Chl 11). The new assignment is readily reconciled with the large number of experimental observations in the literature, while the most common previous assignment for the lowest energy pigment, Chl 627(29), is shown to be inconsistent with CD and CPL results. Chl 612(11) is near the peripheral light-harvesting system in higher plants, in a lumen-exposed region of the thylakoid membrane. The low-energy pigment is also near a recently proposed binding site of the PsbS protein. This result consequently has significant implications for our understanding of the kinetics and regulation of energy transfer in PSII. PMID:27342201

  7. Capacitive top-loading of a mobile phone antenna for size reduction

    Thaysen, Jesper; Jakobsen, Kaj Bjarne


    Capacitive top loading for size reduction of the Planar Inverted F Antenna (PIFA) is presented in this paper. A measured 39% reduction from 1.8 to 1.22 GHz of the resonant frequency is accomplished by using a 1.1 pF distributed capacitor. The simulated –6 dB bandwidth is 9% with a peak radiation...

  8. The size-fractionated chlorophyll a and primary productivity in the Bering Sea during the summer of 2003

    LIU Zilin; CHEN Jianfang; CHEN Zhongyuan; ZHANG Tao; ZHANG Haisheng


    Investigations of chlorophyll a and primary productivity were carried out in the Bering Sea along the BR line and the BS line during the Second Chinese National Arctic Research Expedition in the summer of 2003. The results showed that the surface chlorophyll a concentrations were 0.199~1.170 μg/dm3, and the average value was 0.723 μg/dm3 on the BR line. For the BS line, the surface chlorophyll a concentrations were 0.519~4.644 μg/dm3 (average 1.605 μg/dm3) and 0.568~14.968 μg/dm3 (average 5.311 μg/dm3)during the early and late summer, respectively. The average value in the late summer was much higher than that in the early summer.The high values (more than 4.0 μg/dm3) occurred at stations of the BS line in the southern Bering Strait. The chlorophyll a concentrations in the subsurface layer were higher than those in the surface layer. The results of the size-fractionated chlorophyll a showed that the contribution of the picoplankton to total chlorophyll a was the predominance at the early summer and the contribution of the netplankton was the predominance at the late summer. The carbon potential primary productivities varied between 0.471 and 1.147 mg/(m3·h) on the BR line, with average rates of 0.728 mg/(m3·h). The primary productivities on the BS line were much higher than those of the BR line, ranging from 1.227 mg/(m3·h) at the early summer to 19.046 mg/(m3·h) at the late summer. The results of 1.147 mg/(m3·h) on the BR line, with average rates of 0.728 mg/(m3·h). The primary productivities on the BS line were much higher than those of the BR line, ranging from 1.227 mg/(m3·h) at the early summer to 19.046 mg/(m3·h) at the late summer. The results of the size-fractionated primary productivity showed that the contribution of the nanoplankton to total productivity was the predominance at the early summer and the contribution of the netplankton was predominance at the late summer. The assimilation number of photosynthesis was 0.45~2.80 mg

  9. A Size Reduction Technique for Mobile Phone PIFA Antennas Using Lumped Inductors

    Thaysen, Jesper; Jakobsen, Kaj Bjarne


    A size reduction technique for the planar inverted-F antenna (PIFA) is presented. An 18 nH lumped inductor is used in addition to a small 0.3 cm3 PIFA. The PIFA is located on dielectric foam, 5 mm above a 40 mm × 100 mm ground plane. It is possible to reduce the center frequency (|S11|min) by 33...

  10. A Size Reduction Technique for Mobile Phone PIFA Antennas Using Lumped Inductors

    Thaysen, Jesper; Jakobsen, Kaj Bjarne


    A size reduction technique for the planar inverted-F antenna (PIFA) is presented. An 18 nH lumped inductor is used in addition to a small 0.3 cm3 PIFA. The PIFA is located on dielectric foam, 5 mm above a 40 mm × 100 mm ground plane. It is possible to reduce the center frequency (|S11|min) by 33...... percent for a fixed physical size. The measured – 6 dB bandwidth is 6.7 percent with a peak radiation efficiency of 88 percent....


    Hadi Baghali


    Full Text Available A 25×25×1.6mm3 implementation of a microstrip-fed printed monopole antenna for the future UWB wireless systems application is presented. It has features of possesses band notched function (from 4.88 to 6.07GHz, extremely wide impedance bandwidth (from 2.58 to 18GHz and its compact size. By using a smooth tapering between the semi fractal-shaped patch and the half ellipse-shaped defected ground plane, the wide impedance bandwidth is achieved with ratio bandwidth larger than 6.97:1. Numerical and experimental results are in good agreement and they indicate that the proposed antenna has a measured 2:1 VSWR bandwidth of 149.8%, except the rejected WLAN band.

  12. Photophysical behavior and assignment of the low-energy chlorophyll states in the CP43 proximal antenna protein of higher plant photosystem II.

    Hughes, Joseph L; Picorel, Rafael; Seibert, Michael; Krausz, Elmars


    We have employed absorption, circular dichroism (CD), and persistent spectral hole-burning measurements at 1.7 K to study the photoconversion properties and exciton coupling of low-energy chlorophylls (Chls) in the CP43 proximal antenna light-harvesting subunit of photosystem II (PSII) isolated from spinach. These approximately 683 nm states act as traps for excitation energy in isolated CP43. They "bleach" at 683 nm upon illumination and photoconvert to a form absorbing in the range approximately 660-680 nm. We present new data that show the changes in the CD spectrum due to the photoconversion process. These changes occur in parallel with those in absorption, providing evidence that the feature undergoing the apparent bleach is a component of a weakly exciton-coupled system. From our photoconversion difference spectra, we assign four states in the Chl long-wavelength region of CP43, two of which are the known trap states and are both highly localized on single Chls. The other two states are associated with weak exciton coupling (maximally approximately 50 cm(-)(1)) to one of these traps. We propose a mechanism for photoconversion that involves Chl-protein hydrogen bonding. New hole-burning data are presented that indicate this mechanism is distinct to that for narrow-band spectral hole burning in CP43. We discuss the photophysical behavior of the Chl trap states in isolated CP43 compared to their behavior in intact PSII preparations. The latter represent a more intact, physiological complex, and we find no clear evidence that they exhibit the photoconversion process reported here. PMID:17014087

  13. Spinach seed quality - potential for combining seed size grading and chlorophyll flourescence sorting

    Deleuran, Lise Christina; Olesen, Merete Halkjær; Boelt, Birte


    Spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) seed quality is important for subsequent establishment of baby leaf and other spinach products. The indeterminate flowering pattern in spinach produces seeds of different sizes, and consequently a non-uniform seed lot. Sorting seeds based on novel sorting methods mi...

  14. Distribution characteristics of size-fractionated chlorophyll a,primary production and new production in the Laizhou Bay,July 1997

    蔡煜明; 宁修仁; 刘子琳; 刘诚刚


    The distributions of chlorophyll a concentration, primary production and new production were observed in the Laizhou Bay of the Bohai Sea in both spring and neap tides during July 1997. The results showed that there were marked features of spatial zonation in the surveyed area, due to the differences between the geographic environment and the hydrological conditions. Chlorophyll a, primary production and new production were all higher in spring tides than that in neap tides in the Laizhou Bay.The highest values of these parameters were encountered in the central regions of the bay. At most stations, chlorophyll a concentrations at the bottom were higher than that at the surface. The results of size-fractionated chlorophyll a and primary production showed that contributions of nano-combining picoplankton (< 20 μm) to total chlorophyll a and primary production were dominant in phytoplankton community biomass and production of the Laizhou Bay. The environmental factors, primary production and new production in the Laizhou Bay are compared with other sea areas.

  15. The distribution feature of size-fractionated chlorophyll a and primary productivity in Prydz Bay and its north sea area during the austral summer

    刘子琳; 陈忠元


    The investigation of size-fractionated chlorophyll a and primary productivity were carried out in three longitudinal sections (63°-69°12′S, 70°30′E, 73°E and 75(30′E) at December 18 -26, 1998 and January 12 -18, 1999 in Prydz Bay and its north sea area, Antarctica. The results showed that surface chlorophyll a concentration were 0.16 - 3.99 μg dm -3. The high values of chlorophyll a concentration ( more than 3.5 μg dm -3 ) were in Prydz Bay and in the west Ladies Bank. The average chlorophyll a concentration at sub-surface layer was higher than that at surface layer; its concentration at the deeper layers of 50 m decreased with increasing depth and that at 200 m depth was only 0.01 -0.95 μg dm-3. The results of size-fractionated chlorophyll a showed that the contribution of the netplanktion to total chlorophyll a was 56% , those of the nanoplankton and the picoplankton were 24% and 20% respectively in the surveyed area. The potential primary productivity at the euphotic zone in the surveyed area was 0. 11 - 11.67 mgC m-3 h -1 and average value was 2.00 ±2.80 mgC m-3h-1. The in-situ productivity in the bay and the continental shelf was higher and that in the deep-sea area was lower. The assimilation number of ted primary productivity show that the contribution of the netplanktion to total productivity was 58% , those of the nanoplankton and the picoplankton were 26% and 16% respectively. The cell abundance of phytoplankton was 1. 6 + 103 - 164. 8 + 103 cell dm-3 in the surface water.

  16. Micro-size antenna structure with vertical nanowires for wireless power transmission and communication.

    Kang, Jong-Gu; Jeong, Yeri; Shin, Jeong Hee; Choi, Ji-Woong; Sohn, Jung Inn; Cha, Seung Nam; Jang, Jae Eun


    For biomedical implanted devices, a wireless power or a signal transmission is essential to protect an infection and to enhance durability. In this study, we present a magnetic induction technique for a power transmission without any wire connection between transmitter (Tx) and receiver (Rx) in a micro scale. Due to a micro size effect of a flat spiral coil, a magnetic inductance is not high. To enhance the magnetic inductance, a three dimensional magnetic core is added to an antenna structure, which is consisted of ZnO nano wires coated by a nickel (Ni) layer. ZnO nano wires easily supply a large effective surface area with a vertical structural effect to the magnetic core structure, which induces a higher magnetic inductance with a ferro-magnetic material Ni. The magnetic induction antenna with the magnetic core shows a high inductance value, a low reflection power and a strong power transmission. The power transmission efficiencies are tested under the air and the water medium are almost the same values, so that the magnetic induction technique is quite proper to body implanted systems. PMID:25958501

  17. Distribution of chroococcoid cyanobacteria and size-fractionated chlorophyll a biomass in the central and southern north sea waters during June/July 1989

    Iriarte, Arantza; Purdie, Duncan A.

    The spatial and vertical distribution of phycoerythrin(PE)-containing chroococcoid cyanobacteria and the contribution of the <3 μm size fraction to overall phytoplankton chlorophyll a biomass were investigated in the central and southern North Sea during June and July 1989. PE-containing chroococcoid cyanobacteria cell numbers ranged between 6×10 5 and 4.4×10 7 cells·dm -3 and was typically between 0.5×10 7 and 3×10 7 cells·dm -3, lowest numbers being recorded near the British coast in central North Sea waters. The vertical distribution of these cyanobacteria showed no evidence to suggest a preferential accumulation deep in the euphotic zone. The <3 μm size fraction accounted for 6.6 to 57.5% of the total phytoplankton chlorophyll a biomass (mean 19.7%). In general, the relative significance of the <3 μm size fraction decreased with increasing total chlorophyll a biomass.

  18. Tetraband Small-Size Printed Strip MIMO Antenna for Mobile Handset Application

    Qinghao Zeng


    Full Text Available A compact printed multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO antenna for tetraband (GSM900/1800/1900/UMTS mobile handset application is presented. The proposed MIMO antenna, which consists of two coupled-fed loop antennas with symmetrical configuration, was printed on a 120 * 60 * 0.8 mm3 Fr-4 substrate of relative permittivity of 4.4, loss tangent 0.02. Each element antenna requires only a small area of 22.5 * 25 mm2 on the circuit board. The edge-to-edge spacing between the two elements is only 0.03λ0 of 920 MHz. A slot and a dual-inverted-L-shaped ground branch were added in the ground plane to decrease the mature coupling between the antenna elements. The measured isolation of the proposed antenna is better than 15 dB among the four operating frequency bands. The simulated 3D radiation patterns at 900 MHz and 1900 MHz of both antenna elements show that two loop antennas in general cover complementary space regions with good diversity performance. Detailed antenna impedance matching performance comparisons were done to evaluate the benefit of using different decoupling technology. The envelop correlation coefficient is calculated to represent the diversity performance of the MIMO antenna.

  19. The Response of Phytoplankton Size Spectra and Chlorophyll Biomass to Wind-driven Coastal Upwelling off Northern California During the CoOP-WEST Study.

    Wilkerson, F. P.; Dugdale, R. C.; Marchi, A.; Hogue, V.; Lassiter, A.; Lew, K.; Lorenzi, A.


    During the WEST (Wind Events and Shelf Transport) summer studies of the coastal upwelling region off Bodega Bay, CA, chlorophyll concentrations consistently reached phytoplankton bloom levels following wind driven upwelling events that resulted in high concentrations of pCO2 and nutrients. In most coastal upwelling areas, upwelled nitrate and high rates of new production lie close to the coast in a distinct plume, and their consequences (a band of enhanced chlorophyll) are propagated seaward far beyond the point where upwelled nutrients have been exhausted. Most likely grazing on advected diatoms results in release of regenerated N (ammonium and urea) that is taken up by the small-sized phytoplankton that out-compete diatoms for ammonium and consequently carry coastal new production offshore in the upper layer current system. However in the WEST study area the growing phytoplankton (showing high rates of new production) and productivity are retained on the shelf, and apparently transported alongshore rather than offshore most of the time. The elevated chlorophyll (reaching over 30 μg/l in June 2000) is made up of mostly larger phytoplankton cells with the diatom Chaetoceros spp. dominating during the bloom events. These cells may be grazed or sink and be carried in sub surface currents and re-entrained in the undercurrent, unlike smaller cells that remain in the upper layer. Surface distributions of chlorophyll and phytoplankton size spectra and fluorescence obtained using a CytoSense flow cytometer will be compared between upwelling spring cruises and a non upwelling winter cruise to the CoOP-WEST study site off Bodega Bay, CA.


    Azim Rezaei Motlagh


    Full Text Available In this letter a circle patch that have two slots in ground and patch is presented. The antenna is operated in WLAN/WiMAX at 4.7~6 GHz. The 3dB axial ratio bandwidth is 0.5GHz at 5.3~5.8GHz. Comparison results between measured and simulated of antenna are acceptable.

  1. Energy transfer to low energy chlorophyll species prior to trapping by P700 and subsequent electron transfer.

    Klug, D R; Giorgi, L B; Crystall, B; Barber, J; Porter, G


    It is found that the two singlet state lifetimes observed in medium sized isolated Photosystem One reaction centres belong to two distinct sets of particles. The nanosecond lifetime is due to PS1 particles in which P700 does not trap excitation energy, and the excitation energy is homogeneously distributed within the antennae of these particles. The spectral features of the picosecond component show that excitation energy in the antenna has become largely concentrated in one or more low energy (red) chlorophyll species within 3.5 ps. Antennae which have become decoupled from P700 also appear to be decoupled from these red "ancillary" chlorophylls, and this suggests that some substructure or level of organisation links them to P700.The rate of quenching of antenna singlet states appears to be independent of the redox state of P700 under the conditions used here, and oxidising P700 does not prevent excitation energy from reaching the red chlorophyll species in the antenna.We find no evidence in the data presented here of a chlorophyll molecule acting as a "metastable" primary acceptor (A0). The lower limit for the detection of such a species in these data is 20% of the optical density of the transient P700 bleach. PMID:24424816

  2. Light-harvesting regulation from leaf to molecule with the emphasis on rapid changes in antenna size.

    Xu, Da-Quan; Chen, Yue; Chen, Gen-Yun


    In the sunlight-fluctuating environment, plants often encounter both light-deficiency and light-excess cases. Therefore, regulation of light harvesting is absolutely essential for photosynthesis in order to maximize light utilization at low light and avoid photodamage of the photosynthetic apparatus at high light. Plants have developed a series of strategies of light-harvesting regulation during evolution. These strategies include rapid responses such as leaf movement and chloroplast movement, state transitions, and reversible dissociation of some light-harvesting complex of the photosystem II (LHCIIs) from PSII core complexes, and slow acclimation strategies such as changes in the protein abundance of light-harvesting antenna and modifications of leaf morphology, structure, and compositions. This review discusses successively these strategies and focuses on the rapid change in antenna size, namely reversible dissociation of some peripheral light-harvesting antennas (LHCIIs) from PSII core complex. It is involved in protective role and species dependence of the dissociation, differences between the dissociation and state transitions, relationship between the dissociation and thylakoid protein phosphorylation, and possible mechanism for thermal dissipation by the dissociated LHCIIs. PMID:25773873

  3. Parametric Study of a Small Size 5.8 GHz Slotted Patch Antenna

    Chandra Prakash


    Full Text Available This paper presents a design of a coaxially fed microstrip patch antenna (MSPA with multiple slots for applications in BAN (Body Area Networks, PAN (personal area network and WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network at 5.8 GHz. The radiation characteristics and the impedance matching of the proposed antenna are evaluated. The parametric study of slot dimensions and position has been performed to optimize the design for high return loss and increased bandwidth. The maximum achievable bandwidth below -10dB is about 590 MHz with peak gain of 5.47dB. The reflection coefficient S11 of -42dB is obtained at resonating frequency of 5.8 GHz in the Industrial Scientific and Medical band (ISM

  4. 应用于WLAN的小型微带天线%Small-size microstrip antenna for WLAN

    谢征兰; 林文斌; 杨广立


    为了满足手机无线局域网(WLAN)通信技术的要求,设计了一个三频段单极子贴片天线,通过2个L形支路产生双频辐射。并用软件对该天线进行仿真优化,实现了2.4 GHz、5.2 GHz和5.8 GHz三频段的同时工作,而且该天线结构简单,由L形贴片组合形成,体积小,所占面积为14.5 mm×16.5 mm。仿真结果表明,该天线的尺寸和性能可以在手机WLAN通信系统得到良好的应用。%In order to meet to the requirements of mobile wireless LAN(WLAN)communication technology,a triple-band monopole patch antenna was designed,which can generate double-frequency radiation by two L-shaped branches. An electromag-netic model of the designed antenna was developed for simulation and optimization. It can works simultaneously in three frequen-cy bands at 2.4 GHz,5.2 GHz and 5.8 GHz. The antenna has a simple structure,which is composed of L-shaped patch,and only occupies an area of 14.5 mm×16.5 mm. The simulation results show that the size and performance is suitable for application of mobile WLAN communication system.

  5. Space-Frame Antenna

    Curtis, Steven A.


    The space-frame antenna is a conceptual antenna structure that would be lightweight, deployable from compact stowage, and capable of deforming itself to a size, shape, and orientation required for a specific use. The space-frame antenna would be a trusslike structure consisting mostly of a tetrahedral mesh of nodes connected by variable-length struts. The deformation of the antenna to a desired size, shape, and orientation would be effected through coordinated lengthening and shorting of the struts.

  6. Design and Simulation of a Reduced –Size VSAT Antenna With Appreciable Gain

    Emuoyibofarhe O. J


    Full Text Available Information technology has become a very vital tool in the world today. There exist the need for the flow of information between arms of an organization such as banks, hospitals, business sectors and the like. Over the ages, different mechanisms of communication have been developed which include telephone exchange, fax, and radio communication, via TV signals. Satellite communication was developed around 1958 to latter enhance communication strategy (13 using different earth stations made up of very small terminal called VSAT which can transmit to and receive signal from spacecraft satellite via the internet. This paper propose a design of a simulation dish that is very small in size (diameter varying the design parameters using Ka brand frequency. And yet work effectively as the usual dish for internet data transmission.

  7. Chlorophylls - natural solar cells

    Jantschi, Lorentz; Balan, Mugur C; Sestras, Radu E


    A molecular modeling study was conducted on a series of six natural occurring chlorophylls. Quantum chemistry calculated orbital energies were used to estimate frequency of transitions between occupied molecular orbital and unoccupied molecular orbital energy levels of chlorophyll molecules in vivo conditions in standard (ASTMG173) environmental conditions. Obtained results are in good agreement with energies necessary to fix the Magnesium atom by chlorophyll molecules and with occurrence of chlorophylls in living vegetal organisms.

  8. Hemispheric ultra-wideband antenna.

    Brocato, Robert Wesley


    This report begins with a review of reduced size ultra-wideband (UWB) antennas and the peculiar problems that arise when building a UWB antenna. It then gives a description of a new type of UWB antenna that resolves these problems. This antenna, dubbed the hemispheric conical antenna, is similar to a conventional conical antenna in that it uses the same inverted conical conductor over a ground plane, but it also uses a hemispheric dielectric fill in between the conductive cone and the ground plane. The dielectric material creates a fundamentally new antenna which is reduced in size and much more rugged than a standard UWB conical antenna. The creation of finite-difference time domain (FDTD) software tools in spherical coordinates, as described in SAND2004-6577, enabled this technological advance.

  9. Rotary antenna attenuator

    Dickinson, R. M.; Hardy, J. C.


    Radio frequency attenuator, having negligible insertion loss at minimum attenuation, can be used for making precise antenna gain measurements. It is small in size compared to a rotary-vane attenuator.

  10. Light and Heat Induced Denaturation of Photosystem Ⅱ Core Antenna Complex CP47


    Light and heat induced denaturation of CP47, the core antenna complex of photosystem Ⅱ purified from spinach, were investigated using absorption and circular dichroism spectra.Light caused the destruction of chlorophyll a and excitonic interaction of chlorophyll a in CP47, while the protein secondary structure was not apparently changed.Heat induced the destruction of protein secondary structure and excitonic interaction of chlorophyll a, but the chlorophyll a molecule was not damaged.The results suggest that both the chlorophyll a molecular structure and the protein native conformation are necessary for excitonic interaction of chlorophyll a and the energy transfer function of the chlorophyll a binding protein.

  11. Cavity Backed Slot Antenna

    Sarang Masani, Ila Parmar, Hitendra Jadeja


    Full Text Available Among the current driving forces in wireless communications, there is a need for compact, efficient, inexpensive and reproducible antennas. In some instances, particularly long-distance applications, radiators with directive, high-gain characteristics are necessary. This paper proposes a cavity-backed slot antenna to that end. This antenna will enhance the gain, directivity and can also be easily flush mounted to the flying object. The shape and size of the slot can be effectively utilized to get the desired result. The proposed antenna is feed by waveguide which facilitate it to be applicable at high power operation where coaxial cable fails due to skin effect. Present antenna is verified using Numerical Technique called Finite Element Method FEM. The conception of this antenna is realized by the software HFSS “Ansoft-High Frequency Structure Simulator”. By properly selecting shapes, dimensions of the slots and number of slot affects the parameters like return loss, gain along Θ, Ø directions, Cartesian plot and radiation pattern .The Backing of cavity to the slot antenna provide the basics of the gain enhancement and the slot loading effect and the cavity volume plays an important role in achieving the desired return loss at the specific frequency.The simulated antenna shows the 7.0944 db of gain and return loss of -28.60. The proposed antenna works at 6 GHz.

  12. Chlorophyll and starch assays



    Chlorophyll, starch, and sugar contents are good indicators of growth vigor in plants. To measure the chlorophyll content, we used a modified protocol (1,2). The starch content was determined using iodine staining (3) and enzymatic reactions (4-6).

  13. Smart antennas

    Godara, Lal Chand


    INTRODUCTION Antenna GainPhased Array AntennaPower Pattern Beam Steering Degree of Freedom Optimal AntennaAdaptive AntennaSmart AntennaSummary NARROWBAND PROCESSINGSignal Model Conventional BeamformerNull Steering BeamformerOptimal BeamformerOptimization Using Reference SignalBeam Space Processing Effect of ErrorsNotation and AbbreviationsReferencesADAPTIVE PROCESSINGSample Matrix Inversion AlgorithmUnconstrained Least Mean Squares AlgorithmNormalized Least Mean Squares AlgorithmConstrained

  14. Strong enhancement of nano-sized circularly polarized light using an aperture antenna with V-groove structures.

    Cai, Yongfu; Ikeda, Soushi; Nakagawa, Katsuji; Kikuchi, Hiroshi; Shimidzu, Naoki; Ishibashi, Takayuki


    We present a new type of aperture antenna with V-groove structures that are made of Au to enhance strong circularly polarized light (CPL). Simulations using the finite element method revealed that strong CPL was enhanced within the aperture with a diameter of 10 nm. The intensity of the electric field was enhanced and was 22,700 times greater than that of the incident light. The channel plasmon polaritons generated in the V-groove structures were responsible for the strong enhancement. The influence of the angle and length of the V-groove on the enhancement of the CPL was investigated. PMID:25831317

  15. Chlorophyll Degradation in Horticultural Crops

    Kaewsuksaeng, Samak


    One of the symptoms of senescence in harvested horticultural crops is the loss of greenness that comes with the degradation of chlorophyll. With senescence, the chlorophyll-degrading enzyme activities such as chlorophyllase, Mg-dechelatase or Mg-dechelation activity, a new chlorophyll-degrading enzyme, pheophytinase, pheophorbidase and chlorophyll-degrading peroxidase, which are involved in chlorophyll degradation, affected greatly in stored horticultural crops. The chlorophyll derivatives, e...

  16. The role of chlorophyll b in photosynthesis: Hypothesis

    Park Hyoungshin


    Full Text Available Abstract Background The physico-chemical properties of chlorophylls b and c have been known for decades. Yet the mechanisms by which these secondary chlorophylls support assembly and accumulation of light-harvesting complexes in vivo have not been resolved. Presentation Biosynthetic modifications that introduce electronegative groups on the periphery of the chlorophyll molecule withdraw electrons from the pyrrole nitrogens and thus reduce their basicity. Consequently, the tendency of the central Mg to form coordination bonds with electron pairs in exogenous ligands, a reflection of its Lewis acid properties, is increased. Our hypothesis states that the stronger coordination bonds between the Mg atom in chlorophyll b and chlorophyll c and amino acid sidechain ligands in chlorophyll a/b- and a/c-binding apoproteins, respectively, enhance their import into the chloroplast and assembly of light-harvesting complexes. Testing Several apoproteins of light-harvesting complexes, in particular, the major protein Lhcb1, are not detectable in leaves of chlorophyll b-less plants. A direct test of the hypothesis – with positive selection – is expression, in mutant plants that synthesize only chlorophyll a, of forms of Lhcb1 in which weak ligands are replaced with stronger Lewis bases. Implications The mechanistic explanation for the effects of deficiencies in chlorophyll b or c points to the need for further research on manipulation of coordination bonds between these chlorophylls and chlorophyll-binding proteins. Understanding these interactions will possibly lead to engineering plants to expand their light-harvesting antenna and ultimately their productivity.

  17. Design and Analysis of a Multiband Koch Fractal Monopole Antenna

    Adam, Ismahayati; Soh, Ping Jack; Hadibah, R; Vandenbosch, Guy


    This work presents the design and investigation of the monopole and Koch fractal antenna. The fractal concept and geometry has been used in antenna design to obtain multi-band behavior and miniaturized size, as both of these characteristics are important requirements in current antenna design trends. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the antenna performance between monopole antenna and third iteration Koch fractal antenna. Antenna properties such as reflection coefficient (S11), bandwidth,...

  18. Antenna complexes protect Photosystem I from Photoinhibition

    Hienerwadel Rainer


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Photosystems are composed of two moieties, a reaction center and a peripheral antenna system. In photosynthetic eukaryotes the latter system is composed of proteins belonging to Lhc family. An increasing set of evidences demonstrated how these polypeptides play a relevant physiological function in both light harvesting and photoprotection. Despite the sequence similarity between antenna proteins associated with the two Photosystems, present knowledge on their physiological role is mostly limited to complexes associated to Photosystem II. Results In this work we analyzed the physiological role of Photosystem I antenna system in Arabidopsis thaliana both in vivo and in vitro. Plants depleted in individual antenna polypeptides showed a reduced capacity for photoprotection and an increased production of reactive oxygen species upon high light exposure. In vitro experiments on isolated complexes confirmed that depletion of antenna proteins reduced the resistance of isolated Photosystem I particles to high light and that the antenna is effective in photoprotection only upon the interaction with the core complex. Conclusion We show that antenna proteins play a dual role in Arabidopsis thaliana Photosystem I photoprotection: first, a Photosystem I with an intact antenna system is more resistant to high light because of a reduced production of reactive oxygen species and, second, antenna chlorophyll-proteins are the first target of high light damages. When photoprotection mechanisms become insufficient, the antenna chlorophyll proteins act as fuses: LHCI chlorophylls are degraded while the reaction center photochemical activity is maintained. Differences with respect to photoprotection strategy in Photosystem II, where the reaction center is the first target of photoinhibition, are discussed.

  19. Chlorophyll_Master

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This data set included chlorophyll for each subregion in the study (Georges Bank, Gulf of Maine, Southern New England, Middle Atlantic Bight) . The data came from...

  20. OSU Chlorophyll Bloom Product

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This product was developed for the Oregon coast based on the observed change between running 8-day composite chlorophyll-a (CHL) data obtained by the MODerate...

  1. Chlorophyll: The wonder pigment

    Bhat, S.R.

    juice or grow our own sprouts, instead we try to get the benefits of green foods through capsules, tablets or powder of dehydrated or freeze dried forms of wheat grass, blue green algae, or different cereal grasses. Chlorophyll or its derivative... vegetables rich in micronutrients are spinach, drum stick leaves, lettuce, cucumber, beans and green peas. SCIENCE REPORTER, July 2005 31 Feature Article Chlorophyll in Algae Amazingly, some freshwater and marine algae, yet to find place in our daily diet...

  2. Optofluidic chlorophyll lasers.

    Chen, Yu-Cheng; Chen, Qiushu; Fan, Xudong


    Chlorophylls are essential for photosynthesis and also one of the most abundant pigments on earth. Using an optofluidic ring resonator of extremely high Q-factors (>10(7)), we investigated the unique characteristics and underlying mechanism of chlorophyll lasers. Chlorophyll lasers with dual lasing bands at 680 nm and 730 nm were observed for the first time in isolated chlorophyll a (Chla). Particularly, a laser at the 730 nm band was realized in 0.1 mM Chla with a lasing threshold of only 8 μJ mm(-2). Additionally, we observed lasing competition between the two lasing bands. The presence of laser emission at the 680 nm band can lead to quenching or significant reduction of laser emission at the 730 nm band, effectively increasing the lasing threshold for the 730 nm band. Further concentration-dependent studies, along with theoretical analysis, elucidated the mechanism that determines when and why the laser emission band appears at one of the two bands, or concomitantly at both bands. Finally, Chla was exploited as the donor in fluorescence resonance energy transfer to extend the laser emission to the near infrared regime with an unprecedented wavelength shift as large as 380 nm. Our work will open a door to the development of novel biocompatible and biodegradable chlorophyll-based lasers for various applications such as miniaturized tunable coherent light sources and in vitro/in vivo biosensing. It will also provide important insight into the chlorophyll fluorescence and photosynthesis processes inside plants. PMID:27220992

  3. Plasma antennas

    Anderson, Theodore


    The plasma antenna is an emerging technology that partially or fully utilizes ionized gas as the conducting medium instead of metal to create an antenna. The key advantages of plasma antennas are that they are highly reconfigurable and can be turned on and off. The disadvantage is that the plasma antennas require energy to be ionized. This unique resource provides you with a solid understanding of the efficient design and prototype development of plasma antennas, helping you to meet the challenge of reducing the power required to ionize the gas at various plasma densities. You also find thorou

  4. Numerical analysis of patch antenna as antenna array element

    Kizimenko, V.; Bobkov, Y


    The patch antennas as antenna array element can be modeling by finite element method (programs Microwave Office, Ansoft HFSS and other). But this method need to use fast computer with memory large size. In this work the authors make an attempt to use thin wire integral equation method for patch antenna analysis. The results of modeling by proposed method are compared with the same of modeling by finite elements method and experimental results.

  5. Multiple band circularly polarized microstrip antenna

    Yu, I. P. (Inventor)


    A multiple antenna assembly for communicating electromagnetic radiation is disclosed. An antenna element stack is constructed of a plurality of elliptical lamina antenna elements mutally separated by layers of dielectric material, and separated from a ground plane by dielectric material. The antenna assembly is coupled through a feed line in contact with the top antenna element. A conductor joins the remaining antenna elements to the ground plane. Each individual antenna element is operable for communication reception and transmission within a frequency band determined by the size of the particular antenna element. The sizes of the antenna elements may be selected to provide electromagnetic radiation communication over several distinct frequency bands, or to connect the individual bands into a broad band.

  6. Logarithmic Slots Antennas Using Substrate Integrated Waveguide

    Jahnavi Kachhia; Amit Patel,; Alpesh Vala; Romil Patel; Keyur Mahant


    This paper represents new generation of slotted antennas for satellite application where the loss can be compensated in terms of power or gain of antenna. First option is very crucial because it totally depends on size of satellite so we have proposed the high gain antenna creating number of rectangular, trapezoidal, and I shape slots in logarithm size in Substrate Integrated Waveguide (SIW) structure. The structure consists of an array of various shape slots antenna designed to operate in C ...


    V. Jebaraj; K.R.S. Ravi Kumar; D. Mohanageetha


    Slot antennas are often used at UHF and microwave frequencies. In slot antenna for RFID reader applications the frequency ranges from 902-923MHz to achieve circular polarization. The shapes and size of the slot, as well as the driving frequency, determine the radiation distribution pattern. The proposed compact size circularly polarized slotted microstrip antenna are summarized with design rules. The circularly polarized radiation in square patch antenna can be obtained by perturbation techni...

  8. Reconfigurable antenna pattern verification

    Drexler, Jerome P. (Inventor); Becker, Robert C. (Inventor); Meyers, David W. (Inventor); Muldoon, Kelly P. (Inventor)


    A method of verifying programmable antenna configurations is disclosed. The method comprises selecting a desired antenna configuration from a plurality of antenna configuration patterns, with the selected antenna configuration forming at least one reconfigurable antenna from reconfigurable antenna array elements. The method validates the formation of the selected antenna configuration to determine antenna performance of the at least one reconfigurable antenna.

  9. Reconfigurable antennas

    Bernhard, Jennifer


    This lecture explores the emerging area of reconfigurable antennas from basic concepts that provide insight into fundamental design approaches to advanced techniques and examples that offer important new capabilities for next-generation applications. Antennas are necessary and critical components of communication and radar systems, but sometimes their inability to adjust to new operating scenarios can limit system performance. Making antennas reconfigurable so that their behavior can adapt with changing system requirements or environmental conditions can ameliorate or eliminate these restricti

  10. Microstrip Antenna

    Anuj Mehta


    Abstract This article presents an overview of the microstrip patch antenna and its design techniques. Basically a microstrip patch antenna comprises of a trace of copper or any other metal of any geometry on one side of a standard printed circuit board substrate with other side grounded. The antenna is fed using various feeding techniques like coaxial strip line aperture coupling or proximity coupling techniques. The working principle and the radiation mechanism have also been described. The ...

  11. Lil3 Assembles with Proteins Regulating Chlorophyll Synthesis in Barley.

    Astrid Mork-Jansson

    Full Text Available The light-harvesting-like (LIL proteins are a family of membrane proteins that share a chlorophyll a/b-binding motif with the major light-harvesting antenna proteins of oxygenic photoautotrophs. LIL proteins have been associated with the regulation of tetrapyrrol biosynthesis, and plant responses to light-stress. Here, it was found in a native PAGE approach that chlorophyllide, and chlorophyllide plus geranylgeraniolpyrophosphate trigger assembly of Lil3 in three chlorine binding fluorescent protein bands, termed F1, F2, and F3. It is shown that light and chlorophyllide trigger accumulation of protochlorophyllide-oxidoreductase, and chlorophyll synthase in band F3. Chlorophyllide and chlorophyll esterified to geranylgeraniol were identified as basis of fluorescence recorded from band F3. A direct interaction between Lil3, CHS and POR was confirmed in a split ubiquitin assay. In the presence of light or chlorophyllide, geranylgeraniolpyrophosphate was shown to trigger a loss of the F3 band and accumulation of Lil3 and geranylgeranyl reductase in F1 and F2. No direct interaction between Lil3 and geranylgeraniolreductase was identified in a split ubiquitin assay; however, accumulation of chlorophyll esterified to phytol in F1 and F2 corroborated the enzymes assembly. Chlorophyll esterified to phytol and the reaction center protein psbD of photosystem II were identified to accumulate together with psb29, and APX in the fluorescent band F2. Data show that Lil3 assembles with proteins regulating chlorophyll synthesis in etioplasts from barley (Hordeum vulgare L..

  12. Pulse amplitude modulated chlorophyll fluorometer

    Greenbaum, Elias; Wu, Jie


    Chlorophyll fluorometry may be used for detecting toxins in a sample because of changes in micro algae. A portable lab on a chip ("LOAC") based chlorophyll fluorometer may be used for toxin detection and environmental monitoring. In particular, the system may include a microfluidic pulse amplitude modulated ("PAM") chlorophyll fluorometer. The LOAC PAM chlorophyll fluorometer may analyze microalgae and cyanobacteria that grow naturally in source drinking water.

  13. A Compact UWB Diversity Antenna

    Hui Zhao


    Full Text Available A compact printed ultrawideband (UWB diversity antenna with a size of 30 mm × 36 mm operating at a frequency range of 3.1–10.6 GHz is proposed. The antenna is composed of two semielliptical monopoles fed by two microstrip lines. Two semicircular slots, two rectangular slots, and one stub are introduced in the ground plane to adjust the impedance bandwidth of the antenna and improve the isolation between two feeding ports. The simulated and measured results show that impedance bandwidth of the proposed antenna can cover the whole UWB band with a good isolation of < −15 dB. The radiation patterns, peak antenna gain, and envelope correlation coefficient are also measured and discussed. The measured results show that the proposed antenna can be a good candidate for some portable MIMO/diversity UWB applications.

  14. Reconfigurable Monopole Antennas With Circular Polarization

    Panahi, Afshin


    This thesis presents research on printed circularly-polarized monopole antennas and their application in reconfigurable monopole antennas. The proposed circularly-polarised monopole antennas benefit from advantages such as small size, low-cost, low-profile and simple designs. The first part of this thesis introduces three printed circularly-polarized monopole antennas for global navigation satellite systems and Wi-Fi applications. The primary focus is on the ground plane which is used as a ra...

  15. As clorofilas The chlorophylls

    Nivia Maria Streit


    Full Text Available As clorofilas são pigmentos verdes, comuns em todas as células fotossintéticas. Por sua estrutura química ser instável, são facilmente degradadas, resultando em produtos de decomposição que modificam a percepção e qualidade dos alimentos. Esta revisão trata dos vários fatores que interferem na degradação das clorofilas, como a luz, radiação, calor, ácidos, oxigênio, alteração enzimática e interação com outros pigmentos. Também, outro aspecto a ser abordado é a utilização das clorofilas como corantes, através da formação de complexos que tornam esses pigmentos mais estáveis à decomposição.The Chlorophylls are a common green pigment to all photosynthetic cells. They are easily degraded, because of their unstable chemical structure. Degradation results in products alter the perception and quality of foods. This review discusses the various factors, that interfere on chlorophyll degradation such as light, irradiation, heat, acids, oxygen, enzymatical alteration and the interaction with other pigments. Also, the other topic that was mentioned the utilization of the chlorophylls as dyes through a complex formation that make this pigment more stable to degradation.

  16. Design of LTCC Based Fractal Antenna

    AdbulGhaffar, Farhan


    The thesis presents a Sierpinski Carpet fractal antenna array designed at 24 GHz for automotive radar applications. Miniaturized, high performance and low cost antennas are required for this application. To meet these specifications a fractal array has been designed for the first time on Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (LTCC) based substrate. LTCC provides a suitable platform for the development of these antennas due to its properties of vertical stack up and embedded passives. The complete antenna concept involves integration of this fractal antenna array with a Fresnel lens antenna providing a total gain of 15dB which is appropriate for medium range radar applications. The thesis also presents a comparison between the designed fractal antenna and a conventional patch antenna outlining the advantages of fractal antenna over the later one. The fractal antenna has a bandwidth of 1.8 GHz which is 7.5% of the centre frequency (24GHz) as compared to 1.9% of the conventional patch antenna. Furthermore the fractal design exhibits a size reduction of 53% as compared to the patch antenna. In the end a sensitivity analysis is carried out for the fractal antenna design depicting the robustness of the proposed design against the typical LTCC fabrication tolerances.

  17. Cylindrical aggregates of chlorophylls studied by small-angle neutron scatter

    Neutron small-angle scattering has demonstrated tubular chlorophyll aggregates formed by self-assembly of a variety of chlorophyll types in nonpolar solvents. The size and other properties of the tubular aggregates can be accounted for by stereochemical properties of the chlorophyll molecules. Features of some of the structures are remarkably similar to light harvesting chlorophyll complexes in vivo, particularly for photosynthetic bacteria. These nanotube chlorophyll structures may have applications as light harvesting biomaterials where efficient energy transfer occurs from an excited state which is highly delocalized

  18. Cylindrical aggregates of chlorophylls studied by small-angle neutron scatter

    Worcester, D.L. [Univ. of Missouri, Columbus, MO (United States); Katz, J.J. [Argonne National Laboratory, IL (United States)


    Neutron small-angle scattering has demonstrated tubular chlorophyll aggregates formed by self-assembly of a variety of chlorophyll types in nonpolar solvents. The size and other properties of the tubular aggregates can be accounted for by stereochemical properties of the chlorophyll molecules. Features of some of the structures are remarkably similar to light harvesting chlorophyll complexes in vivo, particularly for photosynthetic bacteria. These nanotube chlorophyll structures may have applications as light harvesting biomaterials where efficient energy transfer occurs from an excited state which is highly delocalized.

  19. Chlorophyll a + b content and chlorophyll fluorescence in avocado

    One Tonnage (T) and one Simmonds (S) avocado tree and four TxS crosses were evaluated for differences in chlorophyll content and maximal quantum yield of photosystem II in sun and shade-type leaves. Total chlorophyll content by area (Chl a+bar) ranged from 981 mg m-2 in TxS240 to 4339 mg m-2 in Simm...

  20. Characterization of a Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7002 spontaneous mutant strain defective in accumulation of photosystem II core chlorophyll-protein complexes.

    Webb, R.; Punnett, T


    Two photosystem II-associated chlorophyll-protein complexes of Synechococcus sp. strain PCC 7002 were identified. Their polypeptide compositions were similar to those of chlorophyll-containing antenna complexes of other cyanobacteria. Strain GT8B did not possess the complex responsible for 695-nm fluorescence and was unable to grow photoautotrophically; hence, this complex is necessary for photosystem II function in vivo.

  1. Planar MIMO Antenna with Slits for WBAN Applications

    Do-Gu Kang; Jinpil Tak; Jaehoon Choi


    A planar MIMO antenna with slits for WBAN applications is proposed. The antenna consists of two PIFAs, ground pads, and two slits. By adding ground pads, the antenna size is reduced with improved impedance matching. Through two slits in a ground plane, the isolation characteristic is improved and the resonant frequency can be controlled. To analyze the antenna performance on a human body, the proposed antenna on a human equivalent flat phantom is investigated through simulations. Regardless o...

  2. Dual-Frequency Operation of Bow-Tie Microstrip Antenna

    钟顺时; 张需溥


    Characteristics of a single-feed dual-frequency bow-tie microstrip antenna are studied. By using the variation method, simple formulas for resonant frequencies of the bow-tie microstrip antenna are derived. It is shown that the dual-frequency ratio can be controlled easily by choosing the parameters of the antenna. This design gives compact antenna size and simple antenna structure. Experimental results are presented, verifying the validity of the design.

  3. Circularly polarized antennas

    Gao, Steven; Zhu, Fuguo


    This book presents a comprehensive insight into the design techniques for different types of CP antenna elements and arrays In this book, the authors address a broad range of topics on circularly polarized (CP) antennas. Firstly, it introduces to the reader basic principles, design techniques and characteristics of various types of CP antennas, such as CP patch antennas, CP helix antennas, quadrifilar helix antennas (QHA), printed quadrifilar helix antennas (PQHA), spiral antenna, CP slot antennas, CP dielectric resonator antennas, loop antennas, crossed dipoles, monopoles and CP horns. Adva

  4. Antenna reconfiguration using metasurfaces

    Zhu, H; Cheung, WSW; Yuk, TI


    The paper describes the designs of a frequency-reconfigurable, polarization reconfigurable and pattern reconfigurable antennas using metasurfaces (MS). The frequency-reconfigurable and polarization reconfigurable antennas are composed of a simple circular patch antenna or slot antenna as the source antenna and a circular MS with the same diameter, with both source antenna and MS implemented using planar technology. The pattern reconfigurable antenna is composed of a circular patch antenna as ...

  5. Diamond dipole active antenna

    Bubnov, I. N.; Falkovych, I. S.; Gridin, A. A.; Stanislavsky, A. A.; Reznik, A. P.


    Advantages of the diamond dipole antenna as an active antenna are presented. Such an antenna is like an inverted bow-tie antenna, but the former has some advantages over the ordinary bow-tie antenna. It is shown that the diamond dipole antenna may be an effective element of a new antenna array for low-frequency radio astronomy as well as a communication antenna.

  6. Design of Monopole Antenna Based on Fractal Geometry

    Zhao Yuanqing; Qiu Jinghui; Wang Wei


    This paper presents a circular disc monopole antenna based on fractal geometry. The antenna is designed to be applied in UWB systems. So it is essential to ensure that the bandwidth of the antenna ranges from 3.1 GHz to 10.6 GHz, that is, IEEE 802.15.3a. However, the proposed antenna has achieved working in the required bandwidth. Compared to the antennas illustrated in most similar literatures, the proposed antenna has a much smaller size, which makes the antenna possible to be integrated wi...

  7. Dissecting the photosystem II light-harvesting antenna

    Andersson, Jenny


    In photosynthesis, sunlight is converted into chemical energy that is stored mainly as carbohydrates and supplies basically all life on Earth with energy. In order to efficiently absorb the light energy, plants have developed the outer light harvesting antenna, which is composed of ten different protein subunits (LHC) that bind chlorophyll a and b as well as different carotenoids. In addition to the light harvesting function, the antenna has the capacity to dissipate excess energy as heat (fe...


    P. Jithu


    Full Text Available The WLAN and Bluetooth applications become popular in mobile devices, integrating GSM and ISM bands operation in one compact antenna, can reduce the size of mobile devices. Recently, lot many investigations are carried out in designing a dual band antennas with operating frequencies in GSM band and in ISM band for mobile devices. Printed monopoles are under this investigation. In this paper, dual-band printed monopoles are presented to operate at GSM band i.e. 900 MHz and ISM band i.e. 2.4 GHz. We intend to observe the antenna characteristics on the network analyzer and verify the theoretical results with the practical ones.

  9. Chlorophyll d: the puzzle resolved

    Larkum, Anthony W D; Kühl, Michael


    Chlorophyll a (Chl a) has always been regarded as the sole chlorophyll with a role in photochemical conversion in oxygen-evolving phototrophs, whereas chlorophyll d (Chl d), discovered in small quantities in red algae in 1943, was often regarded as an artefact of isolation. Now, as a result of...... discoveries over the past year, it has become clear that Chl d is the major chlorophyll of a free-living and widely distributed cyanobacterium that lives in light environments depleted in visible light and enhanced in infrared radiation. Moreover, Chl d not only has a light-harvesting role but might also...... replace Chl a in the special pair of chlorophylls in both reactions centers of photosynthesis. Udgivelsesdato: 2005-Aug...

  10. Substrate Integrated Waveguide Antenna Applications

    Wu, Liang


    The research objective of this thesis is to provide a better solution for signal interference and reduce the size of waveguide antenna. The background investigations of different waveguide fabrication technologies and switch control methods are detailed in the introductory part of this thesis. Several novel substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) antennas for different purpose are demonstrated in the body of the thesis. The designs are mainly divided into two kinds. The first focuses on the ...

  11. Downsizing Antenna Technologies for Mobile and Satellite Communications

    Huang, J.; Densmore, A.; Tulintseff, A.; Jamnejad, V.


    Due to the increasing and stringent functional requirements (larger capacity, longer distances, etc.) of modern day communication systems, higher antenna gains are generally needed. This higher gain implies larger antenna size and mass which are undesirable to many systems. Consequently, downsizing antenna technology becomes one of the most critical areas for research and development efforts. Techniques to reduce antenna size can be categorized and are briefly discussed.


    V. Jebaraj


    Full Text Available Slot antennas are often used at UHF and microwave frequencies. In slot antenna for RFID reader applications the frequency ranges from 902-923MHz to achieve circular polarization. The shapes and size of the slot, as well as the driving frequency, determine the radiation distribution pattern. The proposed compact size circularly polarized slotted microstrip antenna are summarized with design rules. The circularly polarized radiation in square patch antenna can be obtained by perturbation technique with different shapes of slot in the orthogonal direction. A single feed configuration based symmetric slotted microstrip antenna is adapted to realize the compact circularly polarized microstrip antennas. Based on the perimeter, the size of the slot on microstrip slot antenna are studied and compared. The Operating frequency of the antenna is 912MHz that can be tuned by varying the perimeter of the slot while the keeping the circularly polarized radiation unchanged. The schematic and layout are configured by using Advanced Design System (ADS. Return loss, Resonant Frequency, Axial Ratio (AR, and Gain were determined for the proposed system using ADS. A measured 3dB Axial Ratio (AR bandwidth around 6MHz with 16MHz impedance bandwidth has been achieved for the antenna on a RO3004C substrate with dielectric constant 3.38.

  13. UWB planar antenna technology


    Recent developments of the ultra-wideband(UWB)planar antennas are reviewed,where the progress in UWB plate monopole antennas,UWB printed monopole antennas and the UWB printed slot antennas is introduced and compared.In addition,the UWB printed antennas with the band-notched functions are also presented.

  14. Koch-Fractal Yagi-Uda Antenna

    Teisbæk, Henrik Bjørn; Jakobsen, Kaj Bjarne


    A Yagi-Uda antenna constructed of three Koch fractal elements is presented. Simulated and measured characteristics of the antenna shows a half-power beam-width of 64◦ achieved with dimensions below a third of a wavelength. Furthermore, the Koch dipole and its size miniaturization capabilities are...

  15. A Compact Diversity Antenna for Handheld Terminals

    Hai-Lin Xiao; Zai-Ping Nie; Yu-Jing Wu


    The handheld terminals antenna should have a small size, sufficient gain and big bandwidth. In this paper, a compact planar inverted-L diversity antenna for handheld terminals is proposed. Three diversity antennas operating at 2.15 GHz are designed and the effect of important parameters of the proposed antenna is measured. The isolation is found to be better than 13 dB, the usable bandwidth is about 13%. Moreover, the measured radiation patterns are also obtained that the backward radiation is decreased.

  16. Novel Electrically Small Spherical Electric Dipole Antenna

    Kim, Oleksiy S.


    This paper introduces a novel electrically small spherical meander antenna. Horizontal sections of the meander are composed of wire loops, radii of which are chosen so that the whole structure is conformal to a sphere of radius a. To form the meander the loops are connected by wires at a meridian...... plane. The antenna operates as an electric dipole, i.e. it radiates the TM10 spherical mode. The antenna is self-resonant and can be matched to a wide range of input feed lines without an external matching network. In this paper, a spherical meander antenna of the size ka = 0.27 and the input impedance...

  17. Astigmatism in reflector antennas.

    Cogdell, J. R.; Davis, J. H.


    Astigmatic phase error in large parabolic reflector antennas is discussed. A procedure for focusing an antenna and diagnosing the presence and degree of astigmatism is described. Theoretical analysis is conducted to determine the nature of this error in such antennas.

  18. A directive pulse antenna

    Titov, A.N.; Titov, A. A.


    Using quite general concepts as guidance in the design of an antenna for short pulse transmission and reception, a new type of horn-antenna has been devised. A certain variety of experimental data obtained by the antenna are presented.

  19. Design of Monopole Antenna Based on Fractal Geometry

    Zhao Yuanqing


    Full Text Available This paper presents a circular disc monopole antenna based on fractal geometry. The antenna is designed to be applied in UWB systems. So it is essential to ensure that the bandwidth of the antenna ranges from 3.1 GHz to 10.6 GHz, that is, IEEE 802.15.3a. However, the proposed antenna has achieved working in the required bandwidth. Compared to the antennas illustrated in most similar literatures, the proposed antenna has a much smaller size, which makes the antenna possible to be integrated with portable devices. Firstly, the antenna was designed through CST Microwave Studio. Then, the antenna was fabricated according to the simulated results. At last, the comparison between the simulated results and measured results was carried out which demonstrated good consistency.

  20. Optical antennas and plasmonics

    Park, Q-Han


    Optical antenna is a nanoscale miniaturization of radio or microwave antennas that is also governed by the rule of plasmonics. We introduce various types of optical antenna and make an overview of recent developments in optical antenna research. The role of local and surface plasmons in optical antenna is explained through antenna resonance and resonance conditions for specific metal structures are explicitly obtained. Strong electric field is shown to exist within a highly localized region o...

  1. Advanced microwave radiometer antenna system study

    Kummer, W. H.; Villeneuve, A. T.; Seaton, A. F.


    The practicability of a multi-frequency antenna for spaceborne microwave radiometers was considered in detail. The program consisted of a comparative study of various antenna systems, both mechanically and electronically scanned, in relation to specified design goals and desired system performance. The study involved several distinct tasks: definition of candidate antennas that are lightweight and that, at the specified frequencies of 5, 10, 18, 22, and 36 GHz, can provide conical scanning, dual linear polarization, and simultaneous multiple frequency operation; examination of various feed systems and phase-shifting techniques; detailed analysis of several key performance parameters such as beam efficiency, sidelobe level, and antenna beam footprint size; and conception of an antenna/feed system that could meet the design goals. Candidate antennas examined include phased arrays, lenses, and optical reflector systems. Mechanical, electrical, and performance characteristics of the various systems were tabulated for ease of comparison.

  2. Mutual Coupling Between Two Identical Planar Inverted-F Antennas

    Thaysen, Jesper


    The planar inverted-F antenna (PIFA) is widely used for cellular telephones due to its compactness and size. The objective of this paper is to present the results of numerical investigations of the coupling between two equal PIFA antennas. To analyse the antenna, the method of moment computer...

  3. Antennas in inhomogeneous media

    Galejs, Janis; Fock, V A; Wait, J R


    Antennas in Inhomogeneous Media details the methods of analyzing antennas in such inhomogeneous media. The title covers the complex geometrical configurations along with its variational formulations. The coverage of the text includes various conditions the antennas are subjected to, such as antennas in the interface between two media; antennas in compressible isotropic plasma; and linear antennas in a magnetoionic medium. The selection also covers insulated loops in lossy media; slot antennas with a stratified dielectric or isotropic plasma layers; and cavity-backed slot antennas. The book wil

  4. Terminal Antenna Design

    Skrivervik, A. K.; Zurcher, J. F.


    This paper introduces first some general considerations about antenna miniaturization and multi-band terminal antenna design. These general design principles are then illustrated on some practical applications.

  5. Magnetic antenna excitation of whistler modes. IV. Receiving antennas and reciprocity

    Antenna radiation patterns are an important property of antennas. Reciprocity holds in free space and the radiation patterns for exciting and receiving antennas are the same. In anisotropic plasmas, radiation patterns are complicated by the fact that group and phase velocities differ and certain wave properties like helicity depend on the direction of wave propagation with respect to the background magnetic field B0. Interference and wave focusing effects are different than in free space. Reciprocity does not necessarily hold in a magnetized plasma. The present work considers the properties of various magnetic antennas used for receiving whistler modes. It is based on experimental data from exciting low frequency whistler modes in a large uniform laboratory plasma. By superposition of linear waves from different antennas, the radiation patterns of antenna arrays are derived. Plane waves are generated and used to determine receiving radiation patterns of different receiving antennas. Antenna arrays have radiation patterns with narrow lobes, whose angular position can be varied by physical rotation or electronic phase shifting. Reciprocity applies to broadside antenna arrays but not to end fire arrays which can have asymmetric lobes with respect to B0. The effect of a relative motion between an antenna and the plasma has been modeled by the propagation of a short wave packet moving along a linear antenna array. An antenna moving across B0 has a radiation pattern characterized by an oscillatory “whistler wing.” A receiving antenna in motion can detect any plane wave within the group velocity resonance cone. The radiation pattern also depends on loop size relative to the wavelength. Motional effects prevent reciprocity. The concept of the radiation pattern loses its significance for wave packets since the received signal does not only depend on the antenna but also on the properties of the wave packet. The present results are of fundamental interest and of

  6. The molecular photophysics of chlorophyl : a study of its triplet state

    Kleibeuker, J.F.


    The lowest excited triplet state T size="-1">0 of chlorophyll a , chlorophyll b , bacteriochlorophyll and corresponding pheophytins has been studied by magnetic resonance and optical spectroscopy. Zero field splitting (US) parameters D and E, populating rates, a

  7. Controlling spontaneous emission with plasmonic optical patch antennas

    Belacel, C.; Habert, B.; Bigourdan, F.; Marquier, F.; Hugonin, J.-P.; Michaelis de Vasconcellos, S.; Lafosse, X.; Coolen, L; Schwob, C.; Javaux, C; Dubertret, B.; Greffet, J. -J.; Senellart, P.; Maitre, A.


    We experimentally demonstrate the control of the spontaneous emission rate and the radiation pattern of colloidal quantum dots deterministically positioned in a plasmonic patch antenna. The antenna consists of a thin gold microdisk 30 nm above a thick gold layer. The emitters are shown to radiate through the entire patch antenna in a highly directional and vertical radiation pattern. Strong acceleration of spontaneous emission is observed, depending of the antenna size. Considering the double...

  8. CPW-Fed Slot Antenna for Wideband Applications

    Shanmuganantham, T.; K. Balamanikandan; Raghavan, S


    A new coplanar waveguide (CPW)-fed wideband printed slot antenna is presented, and the impedance characteristics of this antenna with different sizes of tapers are discussed. The effect of tapering angle with the resonant frequency is also observed. The fundamental parameters of the antenna such as bandwidth, return loss, gain, radiation pattern, and polarization are obtained. All meets the acceptable antenna standards. The measured input impedance bandwidth (return loss < −10 dB) of the pro...

  9. Indian Ocean Dipole and El Nino/Southern Oscillation impacts on regional chlorophyll anomalies in the Indian Ocean

    Currie, J.C.; Lengaigne, M.; Vialard, J.; Kaplan, D.M.; Aumont, O.; Naqvi, S.W.A.; Maury, O.

    in the supplemen- tary material of Aumont and Bopp (2006). The biogeochem- ical model has 24 compartments, which include two sizes of sinking particles and four “living” biological pools, rep- resented by two phytoplankton (nano-phytoplankton and di- atoms) and two... model levels. Chlorophyll concentrations were calculated as the sum of chlorophyll from the two phytoplankton size classes (di- atoms and nano-phytoplankton). Surface chlorophyll con- centrations (denoted by SChl; units of mg m−3) were aver- aged over...

  10. On the efficiency of frequency reconfigurable high-Q antennas for 4G standards

    Barrio, Samantha Caporal Del; Pelosi, Mauro; Pedersen, Gert Frølund


    In the actual context of reducing antenna size and operating in multiple bands tunable antennas are investigated. Moreover, high-Q and low-Q tunable antennas are compared with respect to their efficiency. The loss issue that tunable high-Q antennas present is addressed. Using a variable capacitor...

  11. Chlorophylls, Symmetry, Chirality, and Photosynthesis

    Mathias O. Senge


    Full Text Available Chlorophylls are a fundamental class of tetrapyrroles and function as the central reaction center, accessory and photoprotective pigments in photosynthesis. Their unique individual photochemical properties are a consequence of the tetrapyrrole macrocycle, the structural chemistry and coordination behavior of the phytochlorin system, and specific substituent pattern. They achieve their full potential in solar energy conversion by working in concert in highly complex, supramolecular structures such as the reaction centers and light-harvesting complexes of photobiology. The biochemical function of these structures depends on the controlled interplay of structural and functional principles of the apoprotein and pigment cofactors. Chlorophylls and bacteriochlorophylls are optically active molecules with several chiral centers, which are necessary for their natural biological function and the assembly of their supramolecular complexes. However, in many cases the exact role of chromophore stereochemistry in the biological context is unknown. This review gives an overview of chlorophyll research in terms of basic function, biosynthesis and their functional and structural role in photosynthesis. It highlights aspects of chirality and symmetry of chlorophylls to elicit further interest in their role in nature.

  12. Chlorophylls, Symmetry, Chirality, and Photosynthesis.

    Mathias O. Senge; Aoife A. Ryan; Kristie A. Letchford; Stuart A. MacGowan; Tamara Mielke


    Chlorophylls are a fundamental class of tetrapyrroles and function as the central reaction center, accessory and photoprotective pigments in photosynthesis. Their unique individual photochemical properties are a consequence of the tetrapyrrole macrocycle, the structural chemistry and coordination behavior of the phytochlorin system, and specific substituent pattern. They achieve their full potential in solar energy conversion by working in concert in highly complex, supramolecular structures ...

  13. Miniaturization of UWB Antennas on Organic Material

    Symeon Nikolaou


    Full Text Available Three planar, CPW-fed, UWB antennas with increasingly reduced size are presented and the miniaturization method is discussed. The first antenna is a CPW-fed elliptical slot with an uneven U-shaped tuning stub, the second antenna is a cactus shaped monopole, and the third one is a miniaturized version of the cactus shaped monopole antenna. All presented antennas have a simulated and measured return loss below −10 dB over the 3.1 to 10.6 GHz UWB frequency range and mostly omnidirectional radiation patterns. The proposed antennas are fabricated on liquid crystal polymer (LCP. The CPW-fed slot antenna requires an overall board dimension of 38 mm × 40 mm, and the evolved cactus monopole is confined in a 28 mm × 32 mm board, while the final miniaturized cactus monopole is printed on 28 mm × 20 mm board, resulting in a 41% and 63% size reduction, respectively. Using both simulations and measurements, the paper analyzes the response of all three antennas and discusses and demonstrates the effectiveness of the implemented miniaturization method.

  14. A True Metasurface Antenna

    Mohamed El Badawe; Almoneef, Thamer S.; Omar M. Ramahi


    We present a true metasurface antenna based on electrically-small resonators. The resonators are placed on a flat surface and connected to one feed point using corporate feed. Unlike conventional array antennas where the distance between adjacent antennas is half wavelength to reduce mutual coupling between adjacent antennas, here the distance between the radiating elements is electrically very small to affect good impedance matching of each resonator to its feed. A metasurface antenna measur...

  15. Antenna systems research

    Keen, Keith Malcolm


    This thesis is an overview of a number of investigations on antenna systems and related subjects over a period of 28 years, which has resulted in 44 publications in the technical literature, one current patent, and an M.Sc. thesis. The investigations have been grouped into 7 categories: - Log periodic antennas, - Antenna performance measurement techniques, - Spacecraft Antenna Systems, - Satcom Terminal Antennas, - Transmission lines and baluns, - High Radar Cross Secti...

  16. Tri-band small monopole antenna based on SRR units

    Shehata, Gehan; Mohanna, Mahmoud; Rabeh, Mohammed Lotfy


    In this paper a novel design for a tri-band monopole antenna coupled with metamaterial units is introduced. The proposed antenna was designed to cover WiMAX (2.5, 3.5) and WLAN (5.2) bands. In our proposal, a coplanar waveguide (CPW) fed circular-disk monopole antenna is coupled with three split ring resonator (SRR) units which exist on its back side. In our design a monopole antenna and SRR units are designed first to resonate at 5.2 GHz and 2.5 GHz respectively. In addition, antenna is loaded with post to force resonance at 3.5 GHz. SRR units are used for 2.5 GHz resonance to miniaturize antenna size, and our proposed antenna considered an electrically small antenna (ESA) at its first resonance frequency. Simulated and measured results exhibit a good agreement that validate our design.


    Fleming, Graham; Ahn, Tae Kyu; Avenson, Thomas J.; Ballottari, Matteo; Cheng, Yuan-Chung; Niyogi, Krishna K.; Bassi, Roberto; Fleming, Graham R.


    Energy-dependent quenching of excess absorbed light energy (qE) is a vital mechanism for regulating photosynthetic light harvesting in higher plants. All of the physiological characteristics of qE have been positively correlated with charge-transfer between coupled chlorophyll and zeaxanthin molecules in the light-harvesting antenna of photosystem II (PSII). In this work, we present evidence for charge-transfer quenching in all three of the individual minor antenna complexes of PSII (CP29, CP26, and CP24), and we conclude that charge-transfer quenching in CP29 involves a de-localized state of an excitonically coupled chlorophyll dimer. We propose that reversible conformational changes in CP29 can `tune? the electronic coupling between the chlorophylls in this dimer, thereby modulating the energy of the chlorophylls-zeaxanthin charge-transfer state and switching on and off the charge-transfer quenching during qE.

  18. Plasma antennas: dynamically configurable antennas for communications

    In recent years, the rapid growth in both communications and radar systems has led to a concomitant growth in the possible applications and requirements of antennas. These new requirements include compactness and conformality, rapid reconfigurability for directionality and frequency agility. For military applications, antennas should also allow low absolute or out-of-band radar cross-section and facilitate low probability of intercept communications. Investigations have recently begun worldwide on the use of ionised gases or plasmas as the conducting medium in antennas that could satisfy these requirements. Such plasma antennas may even offer a viable alternative to metal in existing applications when overall technical requirements are considered. A recent patent for ground penetrating radar claims the invention of a plasma antenna for the transmission of pulses shorter than 100 ns in which it is claimed that current ringing is avoided and signal processing simplified compared with a metal antenna. A recent US ONR tender has been issued for the design and construction of a compact and rapidly reconfigurable antenna for dynamic signal reception over the frequency range 1 - 45 GHz based on plasma antennas. Recent basic physics experiments at ANU have demonstrated that plasma antennas can attain adequate efficiency, predictable radiation patterns and low base-band noise for HF and VHF communications. In this paper we describe the theory of the low frequency plasma antenna and present a few experimental results

  19. Two Types of Compact UHF Antennas for Partial Discharge Measurement

    JIN Zhuo-rui; SUN Cai-xin; CHENG Chang-kui; LI Jian


    To investigate the partial discharge (PD) online monitoring of transformers by ultra-high-frequency (UHF) approaches, high-qualified UHF antennas are focused on as one key technique. The size of UHF sensor used for PD UHF online monitoring in transformer is excessively large, therefore, it is not convenient for internal installation of transformer. Two types of compact UHF antennas with small sizes, a Hilbert fractal antenna and a small loop antenna are presented. PD experiments of three typically artificial insulation defects are executed and both antennas are used for PD measurement. The spectra of power via frequency of detected PD signals are analyzed and compared. The experimental results show that the Hilbert fractal antenna and small loop antenna are qualified for PD online UHF monitoring.

  20. Effect of Phosphatidylcholine on the Steady State Fluorescence of Chlorophyll in Photosystem Ⅱ Particles


    Phosphatidylcholine (PC) accounts for less than 1% of the total lipids in plant photosystem II (PSII) particles.In this experiment, PSII particles were reconstituted with PC to construct PSII-PC vesicles.The effect of PC on the steady state fluorescence of chlorophyll (Chl) in PSII particles was studied.The results show that PC significantly affected the fluorescence intensity, but did not obviously affect the fluorescence emission band peak position.PC also did not obviously affect the absorbance at 436 nm or the amide I band peak position in FT-IR spectroscopy of PSII particles.The results suggest that PC may affect the light energy transfer from the antenna chlorophyll molecules to the reaction center chlorophyll molecule (P680).

  1. The chlorophyll-binding protein CP47 in photosystem II. Final report

    Vermaas, W.F.J.


    Generally, light-harvesting chlorophyll-binding proteins (LHCP) of the Cab family that are prevalent antenna systems in plants are thought to be absent in cyanobacteria. Therefore, it often is tacitly assumed that in cyanobacteria all chlorophyll is associated with the PS II and PS I core antenna. For this reason, it was of interest to investigate what the effect would be of genetic deletion of both the PS I core complex and the PS II core antenna in Synechocystis. Therefore, a mutant was made in which the psaAB genes for the PS I core were deleted, in addition to deletion or inactivation of psbB and/or psbC (coding for CP43). In this series of mutants, also apcE was deleted. In the absence of both CP47 and CP43, also the PS II reaction center proteins D1 and D2 were not detectable in the thylakoid membrane. Thus, both PS II and PS I were deleted in the resulting strains. Nonetheless, a significant amount of chlorophyll (about 15% of that present when PS II was left intact) was found to remain in the PS I-less, psbB{sup {minus}}, psbC{sup {minus}}, apcE{sup {minus}} mutant. This chlorophyll had fluorescence characteristics resembling those of LHC II in higher plants, with a 678 nm emission maximum at 77 K. The properties of this chlorophyll remaining in the absence of PS II and PS I in Synechocystis did not resemble those of chlorophyll bound to a CP43-like protein that has been found in cyanobacteria and that is expressed under iron-stress conditions. However, some similarities in terms of fluorescence emission were observed with the isolated 22 kDa protein encoded by psbS. The role and association of the remaining chlorophyll in the PS I-less, psbB{sup {minus}}, psbC{sup {minus}}, apcE{sup {minus}} mutant remains unclear, however, this chlorophyll protein is expected to be functionally connected to PS II when this photosystem is present.




    Full Text Available The emerging techniques in the medical field include the use of bio implantable antennas to diagnose the diseases. The major disadvantage of these techniques is the side-effects caused by the radiations in the human body. There have been a lot of advancements in this area to reduce the radiation emitted. One among them is the use of PIFA antenna inside an indestructible capsule (Polyetheretherketones which is helpful in both short and long range communications. The workincludes the design of PIFA antenna using IE3D and MATLAB software. The characteristics of the antenna are analyzed with the aim to reduce the size and radiation effect of antenna and to increase thegain, efficiency and data rate.

  3. Xanthophyll cycle-dependent quenching of photosystem II chlorophyll a fluorescence: formation of a quenching complex with a short fluorescence lifetime.

    Gilmore, A M; Hazlett, T. L.; Govindjee


    Excess light triggers protective nonradiative dissipation of excitation energy in photosystem II through the formation of a trans-thylakoid pH gradient that in turn stimulates formation of zeaxanthin and antheraxanthin. These xanthophylls when combined with protonation of antenna pigment-protein complexes may increase nonradiative dissipation and, thus, quench chlorophyll a fluorescence. Here we measured, in parallel, the chlorophyll a fluorescence lifetime and intensity to understand the mec...

  4. Task three: Report: STDN Antenna and preamplifier cost tradeoff study. [combinations of antennas and preamplifiers for several communication environments


    The general goal of this task, STDN Antenna and Preamplifier G/T Study, was to determine cost-effective combinations of antennas and preamplifiers for several sets of conditions for frequency, antenna elevation angle, and rain. The output of the study includes design curves and tables which indicate the best choice of antenna size and preamplifier type to provide a given G/T performance. The report indicates how to evaluate the cost effectiveness of proposed improvements to a given station. Certain parametric variations are presented to emphasize the improvement available by reducing RF losses and improving the antenna feed.

  5. Compact Triple Band Slotted Microstrip Patch Antenna

    Ram Singh Kushwaha


    Full Text Available This paper presents a compact triple band slot microstrip patch antenna for 1.7/2.92 GHz WLAN applications. The radiating element of the proposed antenna consists of Swastika symbol slot operating at 1.8 GHz, 2.09 GHz, and 2.92 GHz bands. The antenna size is very compact (50 mm x 50 mm x 1.6 mm and covers 1.8 GHz to 2.92 GHz and can be used for AMPS, GSM and WLAN applications. The antenna is fed from a single 50 Ω coaxial cable. Using IE3D software package of Zeland, according to the set size, the antenna is simulated. The composite effect of integrating these techniques and by introducing the novel slotted patch offers a low profile, wide bandwidth, high gain and compact antenna element. The computer simulation results show that the antenna can realize wide band characters with each band having good impedance bandwidth (VSWR ≤ 2 for all the three resonant frequencies.

  6. General properties of dielectric optical antennas.

    Schuller, Jon A; Brongersma, Mark L


    Using Mie theory we derive a number of general results concerning the resonances of spherical and cylindrical dielectric antennas. Specifically, we prove that the peak scattering cross-section of radiation-limited antennas depends only on the resonance frequency and thus is independent of refractive index and size, a result which is valid even when the resonator is atomic-scale. Furthermore, we derive scaling limits for the bandwidth of dielectric antennas and describe a cylindrical mode which is unique in its ability to support extremely large bandwidths even when the particle size is deeply subwavelength. Finally, we show that higher Q antennas may couple more efficiently to an external load, but the optimal absorption cross-section depends only on the resonance frequency. PMID:20052120

  7. The spherical helical antenna

    Cardoso, J. Christopher


    The spherical helical antenna is investigated as a new variation of the conventional helical antenna. The spherical helix is a wire antenna in a helix shape that is wound over a spherical surface instead of the standard cylindrical one. Analysis of this structure requires numerical methods and experimental measurements because its complex geometry makes it very difficult to develop analytic expressions for its radiation characteristics. The wire antenna code ESP, based on the method of ...

  8. Wide Coverage Antennas

    Zackrisson, Jan


    Small satellites require small and lightweight antennas for telemetry and command function as well as for downlinking of data. We have during the last thirty years developed a large suite of wide coverage antennas. The basic radiator designs used are quadrifilar helices, waveguides, horns and patch excited cups (PEC) depending on frequency range, coverage requirements and application. The antenna designs range from L-band up to Ka-band frequencies. Typical coverages for the antennas are from ...

  9. Broadband high efficiency active integrated antenna

    Qin, Yi


    Active integrated antenna (MA) is a very popular topic of research during recent decades. This is mostly due to its advantages, such as compact size, multiple functions and low cost, etc. The MA system can be regarded as an active microwave circuit which the output or input port is free space instead of a conventional 50-ohm interface. The major drawbacks of the conventional MA include narrow bandwidth, low efficiency, etc. An experimental investigation on broadband slot-coupled antenna is ca...

  10. Circularly Polarized Broadband RFID Microstrip Tag Antenna

    B. Rajini; G. V. Subrahmanyam


    In recent years, the application of radio frequency identification (RFID) operating in the ultra-high frequency (UHF) band (860-960MHz) are expanding exponentially, due to the advantages such as long reading distance, high data transfer rate, and small tag size. So the design of a CP tag antenna with broadband characteristic is presently one of the most challenging topics. This project presents a square patch passive RFID tag antenna designed for UHF band. To a...

  11. Evolutionary Optimization of a Quadrifilar Helical Antenna

    Lohn, Jason D.; Kraus, William F.; Linden, Derek S.; Clancy, Daniel (Technical Monitor)


    Automated antenna synthesis via evolutionary design has recently garnered much attention in the research literature. Evolutionary algorithms show promise because, among search algorithms, they are able to effectively search large, unknown design spaces. NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft is due to reach final Martian orbit insertion in January, 2002. Onboard the spacecraft is a quadrifilar helical antenna that provides telecommunications in the UHF band with landed assets, such as robotic rovers. Each helix is driven by the same signal which is phase-delayed in 90 deg increments. A small ground plane is provided at the base. It is designed to operate in the frequency band of 400-438 MHz. Based on encouraging previous results in automated antenna design using evolutionary search, we wanted to see whether such techniques could improve upon Mars Odyssey antenna design. Specifically, a co-evolutionary genetic algorithm is applied to optimize the gain and size of the quadrifilar helical antenna. The optimization was performed in-situ in the presence of a neighboring spacecraft structure. On the spacecraft, a large aluminum fuel tank is adjacent to the antenna. Since this fuel tank can dramatically affect the antenna's performance, we leave it to the evolutionary process to see if it can exploit the fuel tank's properties advantageously. Optimizing in the presence of surrounding structures would be quite difficult for human antenna designers, and thus the actual antenna was designed for free space (with a small ground plane). In fact, when flying on the spacecraft, surrounding structures that are moveable (e.g., solar panels) may be moved during the mission in order to improve the antenna's performance.

  12. A Miniaturization Technique of a Compact Omnidirectional Antenna

    C. Delaveaud


    Full Text Available This paper discusses a miniaturization technique of a compact omnidirectional antenna. A slot loading technique is applied to a well-known low-profile antenna structure whose radiation characteristics are similar to equivalent monopole ones. An equivalent circuit which models the antenna input impedance including the slot effect is also developed in order to illustrate the antenna working principle. The typical dimensions (width x height of the obtained antenna are λ0/11 x λ0/75 (λ0 is the free space operating wavelength which makes it a miniature antenna that can be integrated inside small wireless sensor nodes using narrow band communication systems. Its performances are in accordance with classical fundamental limits, the operating bandwidth and efficiency are significantly reduced with the antenna size reduction.

  13. A deployable 4-meter 180 to 680 GHz antenna for the Scanning Microwave Limb Sounder Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Build and test a full size (4x2 meter aperture) breadboard antenna for SMLS. Demonstrate critical azimuth scanning capability of a 4m SMLS antenna and its...

  14. The mathematical model of antenna and antenna-radome system

    Knyazeva, L. V.; Artishev, A. I.


    Methods, algorithms and programs for calculation by computer of the characteristics of the antenna and the antenna-radome system (ARS) are developed. The type of antenna considered is the phased antenna array (PAA) or the cophase antenna with a mechanical beam control (an antenna array - AA). Radome shape is spherical, quasi-conic or flattened ellipsoid. Radome shell is multilayer ( N≥1), same-thickness, or special profile. Errors in the manufacture of the antenna are taken into account. Prog...

  15. Miniaturization of slot and planar monopole antennas : analytical approaches and experimental validation

    Aberbour, Lyazid


    Compact antennas for wireless communication devices have gained very high interest. Antenna miniaturization and their performance enhancement remains a challenge, due to the fundamental limitations that bound the realizable performance of an antenna of given size. Radiation efficiency and impedance bandwidth, which are primary considerations in such designs, are critically affected by the antenna size and near-field environment. The main objective of this thesis is to contribute insights and ...

  16. Planetary protection for Europa radar sounder antenna

    Aaron, Kim M.; Moussessian, Alina; Newlin, Laura E.; Willis, Paul B.; Chen, Fei; Harcke, Leif J.; Chapin, Elaine; Jun, Insoo; Gim, Yonggyu; McEachen, Michael; Allen, Scotty; Kirchner, Donald; Blankenship, Donald


    The potential for habitability puts stringent requirements on planetary protection for a mission to Europa. A long-wavelength radar sounder with a large antenna is one of the proposed instruments for a future Europa mission. The size and construction of radar sounding antennas make the usual methods of meeting planetary protection requirements challenging. This paper discusses a viable planetary protection scheme for an antenna optimized for Europa radar sounding. The preferred methodology for this antenna is exposure to 100 kGy (10 Mrad) in water of gamma radiation using a Cobalt-60 source for both bulk and surface sterilization and exposure to vapor hydrogen peroxide for surface treatment for possible recontamination due to subsequent handling. For the boom-supported antenna design, selected tests were performed to confirm the suitability of these treatment methods. A portion of a coilable boom residual from an earlier mission was irradiated and its deployment repeatability confirmed with no degradation. Elasticity was measured of several fiberglass samples using a four-point bending test to confirm that there was no degradation due to radiation exposure. Vapor hydrogen peroxide treatment was applied to the silver-coated braid used as the antenna radiating element as it was the material most likely to be susceptible to oxidative attack under the treatment conditions. There was no discernable effect. These tests confirm that the radar sounding antenna for a Europa mission should be able tolerate the proposed sterilization methods.

  17. Compact Directional Microwave Antenna for Localized Heating

    Fink, Patrick W.; Lin, Gregory Y.; Chu, Andrew W.; Dobbins, Justin A.; Arndt, G. Dickey; Ngo, Phong


    A directional, catheter-sized cylindrical antenna has been developed for localized delivery of microwave radiation for heating (and thus killing) diseased tissue without excessively heating nearby healthy tissue. By "localized" is meant that the antenna radiates much more in a selected azimuthal direction than in the opposite radial direction, so that it heats tissue much more on one side than it does on the opposite side. This antenna can be inserted using either a catheter or a syringe. A 2.4-mm prototype was tested, although smaller antennas are possible. Prior compact, cylindrical antennas designed for therapeutic localized hyperthermia do not exhibit such directionality; that is, they radiate in approximately axisymmetric patterns. Prior directional antennas designed for the same purpose have been, variously, (1) too large to fit within catheters or (2) too large, after deployment from catheters, to fit within the confines of most human organs. In contrast, the present antenna offers a high degree of directionality and is compact enough to be useable as a catheter in some applications.

  18. Very Compact and Broadband Active Antenna for VHF Band Applications

    Y. Taachouche


    Full Text Available An active receiving antenna with small size consisting of a monopole loaded with a transistor bipolar is presented in this paper. A transistor is used in order to miniaturize the receiving active antenna size in VHF band. The vertical size of the structure is equal to λ/175, where λ is the wavelength at the lower frequency of the bandwidth. Despite the very small size of the antenna, the frequency bandwidth is very wide and the gain is suitable for FM application with sensitive receivers.

  19. Lithographic antennas for enhancement of solar cell efficiency

    Kotter, D.K. [Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Co., Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Boreman, G. [Univ. of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (United States). Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers


    This report documents proof-of-concept demonstration of the use of lithographic antennas for enhancement of solar-cell efficiency. A micro-sized lithographic antenna array was theoretically modeled, designed and fabricated. Experimental research was performed to validate the ability of the antenna array to concentrate infrared and visible energy onto photovoltaic (PV) materials. The research will serve as the basis for the design of a miniature power source for remote sensors.

  20. Review of Low Profile Substrate Integrated Waveguide Cavity Backed Antennas

    Tian Yang Wang; Guo Qing Luo; Xiao Hong Zhang


    Low profile cavity backed antennas (CBA) based on substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) technology presented in published papers have been reviewed in this paper. Their operating mechanisms have been discussed and methods for improving the performance, such as bandwidth enhancement, size reduction, and gain improvement, have been presented. These novel antennas retain the advantage of conventional metallic cavity backed antenna, including high gain, high front-to-back ratio, and low cross pola...

  1. Autonomous smart antenna systems for future mobile devices

    Zhou, Wei


    Along with the current trend of wireless technology innovation, wideband, compact size, low-profile, lightweight and multiple functional antenna and array designs are becoming more attractive in many applications. Conventional wireless systems utilise omni-directional or sectored antenna systems. The disadvantage of such antenna systems is that the electromagnetic energy, required by a particular user located in a certain direction, is radiated unnecessarily in every direction ...

  2. A coplanar wideband antenna based on metamaterial refractive surface

    Salhi, Ridha; Labidi, Mondher; Choubani, Fethi


    In this paper, we proceed by presenting a wideband coplanar antenna which can be used in various applications because of its performances such as broad band, small size and low-cost design. Then, we carried out many metamaterial refractive surface (MRS) simulations in order to optimize the antenna performances. Finally, a comparative study between different configurations of the proposed antenna integrated with MRS is presented. The proposed prototype covers the frequency band from 1.6 to 1.8 GHz.

  3. A simple UWB monopole antenna using half-elliptical radiator

    Liu, L.; Sun, YY; Yang, XJ; Cheung, SW


    This paper presents the results of a simple ultrawideband (UWB) monopole antenna having an impedance bandwidth from 3.1-40 GHz. The antenna has a half-elliptical shaped radiator with microstrip-fed and a total size of 24×30×0.762 mm3. The extremely wideband characteristic of the antenna is achieved by simply using a tapered transformer and a small square slot on the ground plane. © 2013 IEEE.

  4. Nanotubes of Biomimetic Supramolecules Constructed by Synthetic Metal Chlorophyll Derivatives.

    Shoji, Sunao; Ogawa, Tetsuya; Hashishin, Takeshi; Ogasawara, Shin; Watanabe, Hiroaki; Usami, Hisanao; Tamiaki, Hitoshi


    Various supramolecular nanotubes have recently been built up by lipids, peptides, and other organic molecules. Major light-harvesting (LH) antenna systems in a filamentous anoxygenic phototroph, Chloroflexus (Cfl.) aurantiacus, are called chlorosomes and contain photofunctional single-wall supramolecular nanotubes with approximately 5 nm in their diameter. Chlorosomal supramolecular nanotubes of Cfl. aurantiacus are constructed by a large amount of bacteriochlorophyll(BChl)-c molecules. Such a pigment self-assembles in a chlorosome without any assistance from the peptides, which is in sharp contrast to the other natural photosynthetic LH antennas. To mimic chlorosomal supramolecular nanotubes, synthetic models were prepared by the modification of naturally occurring chlorophyll(Chl)-a molecule. Metal complexes (magnesium, zinc, and cadmium) of the Chl derivative were synthesized as models of natural chlorosomal BChls. These metal Chl derivatives self-assembled in hydrophobic environments, and their supramolecules were analyzed by spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. Cryo-transmission electron microscopic images showed that the zinc and cadmium Chl derivatives could form single-wall supramolecular nanotubes and their outer and inner diameters were approximately 5 and 3 nm, respectively. Atomic force microscopic images suggested that the magnesium Chl derivative formed similar nanotubes to those of the corresponding zinc and cadmium complexes. Three chlorosomal single-wall supramolecular nanotubes of the metal Chl derivatives were prepared in the solid state and would be useful as photofunctional materials. PMID:27172060

  5. Efficient Chlorophyll Fluorescence Measurements of Sugarcane

    As with many crops, chlorophyll fluorescence emission is a promising tool for measuring responses of sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) to biotic and abiotic stresses. Chlorophyll fluorescence can be easily measured using portable fluorometers. However, several factors should be considered in order to op...

  6. Impact of the handset form factor on inverted-F antennas performance

    Margues, Pablo Fernández; Despointes, E. H.; Barrio, Samantha Caporal Del;


    This paper describes the portability of a multiband antenna design over a printed circuit board (PCB) of different sizes. The antenna consists of two inverted-F antennas (IFA) operating at the same resonance frequency, for multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) operation. The frequency range...... presented in this paper is EGSM900 for the low band and IMT-E for the high band, but the results can be extended to bands 5 and 6 with a tunable antenna. Simulations of the antenna behavior with increasing-size ground plane will be compared to the measurements of three common ground plane sizes: the...

  7. A True Metasurface Antenna

    Badawe, Mohamed El; Almoneef, Thamer S.; Ramahi, Omar M.


    We present a true metasurface antenna based on electrically-small resonators. The resonators are placed on a flat surface and connected to one feed point using corporate feed. Unlike conventional array antennas where the distance between adjacent antennas is half wavelength to reduce mutual coupling between adjacent antennas, here the distance between the radiating elements is electrically very small to affect good impedance matching of each resonator to its feed. A metasurface antenna measuring 1.2λ × 1.2λ and designed to operate at 3 GHz achieved a gain of 12 dBi. A prototype was fabricated and tested showing good agreement between numerical simulations and experimental results. Through numerical simulation, we show that the metasurface antenna has the ability to provide beam steering by phasing all the resonators appropriately.

  8. Secondary Surveillance Radar Antenna

    Schejbal, Vladimír; Bezoušek, Pavel; Pidanič, Jan; Chyba, Milan


    This paper deals with a secondary surveillance radar (SSR) array antenna, which is intended for a system combining the secondary surveillance radar antenna and the primary surveillance radar antenna. It describes the patch array elements and the synthesis for the secondary surveillance radar array, considering both elevation and azimuth patterns for sum, difference, and sidelobe-suppression beams, and suspended stripline couplers. The utilization of multilayer techniques allows the connection...

  9. Antenna Structure Registration (ASR)

    Federal Communications Commission — As part of its ongoing efforts to promote air safety, the Federal Communications Commission requires owners to register certain antenna structures (generally those...

  10. Cellular Reflectarray Antenna

    Romanofsky, Robert R.


    The cellular reflectarray antenna is intended to replace conventional parabolic reflectors that must be physically aligned with a particular satellite in geostationary orbit. These arrays are designed for specified geographical locations, defined by latitude and longitude, each called a "cell." A particular cell occupies nominally 1,500 square miles (3,885 sq. km), but this varies according to latitude and longitude. The cellular reflectarray antenna designed for a particular cell is simply positioned to align with magnetic North, and the antenna surface is level (parallel to the ground). A given cellular reflectarray antenna will not operate in any other cell.

  11. A curl antenna

    Nakano, Hisamatsu; Okuzawa, Shigeru; Ohishi, Katsumi; Mimaki, Hiroaki; Yamauchi, Junji


    A radiation element, designated as a curl antenna, is proposed for a circularly polarized antenna. The radiation characteristics of the curl are numerically analyzed. The gain is approximately 8.4 dB, and the 3-dB axial ratio criterion is 6.7%. Two aspects of curl array antennas are also presented: a decoupling factor between two curls and a circular array antenna consisting of 168 curls. Calculations show how the decoupling factor depends on the relative rotation angle of the two curls. The ...


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  13. Small Device For Short-Range Antenna Measurements Using Optics

    Yanakiev, Boyan Radkov; Nielsen, Jesper Ødum; Christensen, Morten;


    This paper gives a practical solution for implementing an antenna radiation pattern measurement device using optical fibers. It is suitable for anechoic chambers as well as short range channel sounding. The device is optimized for small size and provides a cheap and easy way to make optical antenna...... measurements using off-the-shelf components. Verification measurements are made to confirm the benefits....

  14. Radiation quality factor of spherical antennas with material cores

    Hansen, Troels Vejle; Kim, Oleksiy S.; Breinbjerg, Olav


    This paper gives a description of the radiation quality factor and resonances of spherical antennas with material cores. Conditions for cavity and radiating resonances are given, and a theoretical description of the radiation quality factor, as well as simple expressions describing the relative...... permeability and permittivity for an antenna of fixed electrical size is performed....

  15. Low-profile metamaterial-based L-band antennas

    Burokur, Shah Nawaz; Lepage, Anne-Claire; Varault, Stefan; Begaud, Xavier; Piau, Gérard-Pascal; de Lustrac, André


    The aim of the present contribution is to show that metasurfaces such as reactive impedance surfaces (RIS) and artificial magnetic conductors can be efficiently used in the design of low-profile circularly polarized L-band antennas. We present the design and simulation of the compact and low-profile antennas. The solution based on RIS will be compared to a circularly polarized microstrip patch antenna using the same materials in order to prove the benefit of metasurfaces. The engineered metasurfaces allow increasing the bandwidths with few modifications on the thickness and the overall antenna size.

  16. Electrically small circularly polarized spherical antenna with air core

    Kim, O. S.


    An electrically small circularly polarized self-resonant spherical antenna with air core is presented. The antenna is a modified multiarm spherical helix exciting TM10 and TE10 spherical modes with equal radiated power, and thus yielding perfect circular polarization over the entire far......-field sphere (except the polar regions, where the radiation is low). The self-resonance is achieved by exciting higher-order TM modes, which provide the necessary electric stored energy in the near-field, while contributing negligibly to the far-field radiation of the antenna. The antenna has electrical size...

  17. Controlling spontaneous emission with plasmonic optical patch antennas

    Belacel, C; Bigourdan, F; Marquier, F; Hugonin, J -P; de Vasconcellos, S Michaelis; Lafosse, X; Coolen, L; Schwob, C; Javaux, C; Dubertret, B; Greffet, J -J; Senellart, P; Maitre, A


    We experimentally demonstrate the control of the spontaneous emission rate and the radiation pattern of colloidal quantum dots deterministically positioned in a plasmonic patch antenna. The antenna consists of a thin gold microdisk 30 nm above a thick gold layer. The emitters are shown to radiate through the entire patch antenna in a highly directional and vertical radiation pattern. Strong acceleration of spontaneous emission is observed, depending of the antenna size. Considering the double dipole structure of the emitters, this corresponds to a Purcell factor up to 80 for dipoles perpendicular to the disk.

  18. High-temperature superconducting passive microwave devices, filters and antennas

    High-temperature superconducting (HTS) passive microwave devices, such as filters and antennas, are promising devices. In particular, HTS filters may be successfully marketed in the near future. Cross-coupled filters, ring filters, and coplanar waveguide filters are good options to reduce filter size. On the other hand, HTS patch antennas which can be cooled by a cryo-cooler are also promising devices as well, since they show higher efficiency than normal antennas. This paper examines the design process and filter properties of HTS filters as well as the gains, directivity, and cooling system of HTS patch antennas. (author)

  19. Miniaturised self-resonant split-ring resonator antenna

    Kim, Oleksiy S.; Breinbjerg, Olav


    A self-resonant miniaturized antenna composed of a broadside-coupled split-ring resonator (SRR) and an excitation arc-shaped monopole is presented. The size of the antenna and its resonance frequency is essentially defined by the SRR dimensions and geometry, while the input resistance at the...... resonance is governed by the arc length of the monopole. Numerical and experimental results are presented for an antenna configuration of 1/23.4 wavelength in diameter (ka~0.134). The antenna is tuned to 50 ohms without any matching network, and its efficiency is measured to be 17.5%....

  20. Review of Low Profile Substrate Integrated Waveguide Cavity Backed Antennas

    Guo Qing Luo


    Full Text Available Low profile cavity backed antennas (CBA based on substrate integrated waveguide (SIW technology presented in published papers have been reviewed in this paper. Their operating mechanisms have been discussed and methods for improving the performance, such as bandwidth enhancement, size reduction, and gain improvement, have been presented. These novel antennas retain the advantage of conventional metallic cavity backed antenna, including high gain, high front-to-back ratio, and low cross polarization level, and also keep the advantages of planar antenna including low profile, light weight, low fabrication cost, and easy integration with planar circuit.

  1. Compact Ultra-Wideband Antenna for Portable Devices

    This article presents a compact ultra-wideband (UWB) antenna for wireless dongle devices. The printed monopole antenna, with the size of 15 mm × 30 mm, has an impedance bandwidth ranges from 2.9 to 13 GHz. The proposed structure comprises of a hexagonal radiator fed by a microstrip line with a modified ground plane. Such a design can be easily integrated with wireless universal serial bus (USB) devices. Having stable radiation patterns and constant gain within the UWB spectrum are significant characteristics of this antenna. The time domain studies on the designed antenna indicate reduced ringing effect for impulse excitation across the band of interest.

  2. Miniaturised self-resonant split-ring resonator antenna

    Kim, Oleksiy S.; Breinbjerg, Olav


    A self-resonant miniaturized antenna composed of a broadside-coupled split-ring resonator (SRR) and an excitation arc-shaped monopole is presented. The size of the antenna and its resonance frequency is essentially defined by the SRR dimensions and geometry, while the input resistance at the resonance is governed by the arc length of the monopole. Numerical and experimental results are presented for an antenna configuration of 1/23.4 wavelength in diameter (ka~0.134). The antenna is tuned to ...


    Supriya Jana


    Full Text Available A single layer monopole hexagonal patch antenna is thoroughly simulated in this paper. Resonant frequency has been reduced drastically by cutting three unequal slots which are the combinations of one circle and two irregular rectangular slots from the conventional microstrip patch antenna. It is shown that the simulated results are in acceptable agreement. More importantly, it is also shown that the differentially-driven microstrip antenna has higher gain of simulated 3.36 dBi at 9.61GHz and -0.43 dBi at 13.57GHz and beam width of simulated 162.080 at 9.61GHz and 53.450 at 13.57GHz of the single-ended microstrip antenna. Compared to a conventional microstrip patch antenna, simulated antenna size has been reduced by 50.80% with an increased frequency ratio.

  4. Directional borehole antenna - Theory

    A directional antenna has been developed for the borehole radar constructed during phase 2 of the Stripa project. The new antenna can determine the azimuth of a strong reflector with an accuracy of about 3 degrees as confirmed during experiments in Stripa, although the ratio of borehole diameter to wavelength is small, about 0.03. The antenna synthesizes the effect of a loop antenna rotating in the borehole from four signals measured in turn by a stationary antenna. These signals are also used to calculate an electric dipole signal and a check sum which is used to examine the function of the system. The theory of directional antennas is reviewed and used to design an antenna consisting of four parallel wires. The radiation pattern of this antenna is calculated using transmission line theory with due regard to polarization, which is of fundamental importance for the analysis of directional data. In particular the multipole expansion of the field is calculated to describe the antenna radiation pattern. Various sources of error, e.g. the effect of the borehole, are discussed and the methods of calibrating the antenna are reviewed. The ambiguity inherent in a loop antenna can be removed by taking the phase of the signal into account. Typical reflectors in rock, e.g. fracture zones an tunnels, may be modelled as simple geometrical structures. The corresponding analysis is described and exemplified on measurements from Stripa. Radar data is nowadays usually analyzed directly on the computer screen using the program RADINTER developed within the Stripa project. An algorithm for automatic estimation of the parameters of a reflector have been tested with some success. The relation between measured radar data and external coordinates as determined by rotational indicators is finally expressed in terms of Euler angles. (au)

  5. SAR Study of Mobile Phones as a function of Antenna Q

    Bahramzy, Pevand; Svendsen, Simon; Jagielski, Ole;


    High-Q tunable antennas are good alternatives to low-Q passive antennas because the antenna size can be smaller while covering the required long-term evolution (LTE) frequency bands. However, among other things, specific absorption rate (SAR) can become a challenge due to the relative high current...

  6. A compact planar multi-broad band monopole antenna for mobile devices

    Zhong, Xiaoqing; Yao, Bin; Zheng, Qinhong; Yang, Jikong; Cao, Xiangqi


    A Multiple-frequency broadband planar monopole antenna is proposed in this Paper. The antenna is stimulated and numerically optimized by HFSS13.0 (High Frequency Structure Simulator). The size of it is 39mm×22mm×1.7mm. The antenna resonates at many frequencies. The parameter S11smart phones

  7. Quality factor of an electrically small magnetic dipole antenna with magneto-dielectric core

    Kim, Oleksiy S.; Breinbjerg, Olav


    In this work, we investigate the radiation Q of electrically small magnetic dipole antennas with magneto-dielectric core versus the antenna electrical size, permittivity and permeability of the core. The investigation is based on the exact theory for a spherical magnetic dipole antenna with...

  8. Substrate integrated antennas and arrays

    Cheng, Yu Jian


    Substrate Integrated Antennas and Arrays provides a single source for cutting-edge information on substrate integrated circuits (SICs), substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) feeding networks, SIW slot array antennas, SIC traveling-wave antennas, SIW feeding antennas, SIW monopulse antennas, and SIW multibeam antennas. Inspired by the author's extensive research, this comprehensive book:Describes a revolutionary SIC-based antenna technique with the potential to replace existing antenna technologiesExamines theoretical and experimental results connected to electrical and mechanical performanceExp

  9. Integrated solar panel antennas

    Vaccaro, S.; P. TORRES; Mosig, J. R.; Shah, Arvind; Zürcher,, J.-F.; A. K. Skrivervik; Gardiol, F.; de Maagt, P.; Gerlach, L.


    A new antenna which combines solar cells and printed patches is presented. The antenna is designed so as to accommodate the solar cells that provide power to an MMIC amplifier. A 2×4 array is presented, which operates at the frequency of 3.76 GHz and has a bandwidth of 16% and gain up to 30 dBi (active).

  10. Entropy and Fractal Antennas

    Emanuel Guariglia


    The entropies of Shannon, Rényi and Kolmogorov are analyzed and compared together with their main properties. The entropy of some particular antennas with a pre-fractal shape, also called fractal antennas, is studied. In particular, their entropy is linked with the fractal geometrical shape and the physical performance.

  11. Annular Planar Monopole Antennas

    Chen, Z. N.; Ammann, Max; Chia, W.Y. W.; See, T.S. P.


    A type of annular planar monopole antenna is presented. The impedance and radiation characteristics of the monopole with different holes and feed gaps are experimentally examined. The measured results demonstrate that the proposed antenna is capable of providing significantly broad impedance bandwidth with acceptable radiation performance.

  12. Printed Triband Terminal Antenna

    JOHN, MATTHIAS; Ammann, Max; Farrell, R.


    This paper presents a printed triple-band multibranch monopole for use in modern wireless systems. The antenna is designed to operate in three bands which cover virtually all wireless channels. Parameters of the antenna geometry are varied and the effects of these variations on the impedance bandwidth are shown.

  13. A Dual Band Circularly Polarized Microstrip Antenna on an EBG Substrate

    Sudha, T; Vedavathy, TS


    A novel circularly polarized (CP), single-fed microstrip antenna on an electromagnetic bandgap (EBG) substrate is presented. The antenna consists of a stacked structure of almost square patches and an EBG substrate for the lower patch. The proposed design has a reduced antenna size as compared to the conventional CP microstrip antenna at a given operating frequency and is of light weight. The impedance and axial ratio bandwidths are large and CP radiation quality is excellent over the entire ...

  14. Deployable Wide-Aperture Array Antennas

    Fink, Patrick W.; Dobbins, Justin A.; Lin, Greg Y.; Chu, Andrew; Scully, Robert C.


    Inexpensive, lightweight array antennas on flexible substrates are under development to satisfy a need for large-aperture antennas that can be stored compactly during transport and deployed to full size in the field. Conceived for use aboard spacecraft, antennas of this type also have potential terrestrial uses . most likely, as means to extend the ranges of cellular telephones in rural settings. Several simple deployment mechanisms are envisioned. One example is shown in the figure, where the deployment mechanism, a springlike material contained in a sleeve around the perimeter of a flexible membrane, is based on a common automobile window shade. The array can be formed of antenna elements that are printed on small sections of semi-flexible laminates, or preferably, elements that are constructed of conducting fabric. Likewise, a distribution network connecting the elements can be created from conventional technologies such as lightweight, flexible coaxial cable and a surface mount power divider, or preferably, from elements formed from conductive fabrics. Conventional technologies may be stitched onto a supporting flexible membrane or contained within pockets that are stitched onto a flexible membrane. Components created from conductive fabrics may be attached by stitching conductive strips to a nonconductive membrane, embroidering conductive threads into a nonconductive membrane, or weaving predetermined patterns directly into the membrane. The deployable antenna may comprise multiple types of antenna elements. For example, thin profile antenna elements above a ground plane, both attached to the supporting flexible membrane, can be used to create a unidirectional boresight radiation pattern. Or, antenna elements without a ground plane, such as bow-tie dipoles, can be attached to the membrane to create a bidirectional array such as that shown in the figure. For either type of antenna element, the dual configuration, i.e., elements formed of slots in a conductive

  15. Seasonal Composite Chlorophyll Concentrations - Gulf of Maine

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This personal geodatabase contains raster images of chlorophyll concentrations in the Gulf of Maine. These raster images are seasonal composites, and were...

  16. Monolayers and multilayers of chlorophyll [correction of chlorophyl] a on a mercury electrode.

    Moncelli, M R; Becucci, L; Dolfi, A; Tadini Buoninsegni, F; Agostiano, A


    A novel experimental technique used to investigate chlorophyll films on a hanging mercury drop electrode is described. Two different procedures are employed to prepare self-assembled chlorophyll monolayers and multilayers on the mercury electrode. Upon illuminating the chlorophyll a (Chl)-coated mercury electrode with an appropriate light source, the photocurrents generated by the Chl aggregates are measured under short-circuit conditions in the absence of photoartefacts. The preliminary results obtained by this novel technique are presented. PMID:12009465

  17. Induction of chlorophyll chimeras and chlorophyll mutations in mungbean (Vigna radiata) cv. T44

    Uniform and healthy seeds of mungbean (Vigna radiata) cv. T44 were exposed to varying doses of gamma rays, ethyl methane sulphonate (EMS) and combination treatment of gamma rays with EMS. The data were recorded for seed germination, plant survival, frequency and spectrum of chlorophyll chimeras in M1 and chlorophyll mutations in M2 generation. Among all, the combination treatments were found most effective for inducing chlorophyll chimeras and chlorophyll mutations than the gamma rays or EMS alone. Of the mutants under reference, the albino, xantha and chlorina showed monogenic recessive while viridis exhibited digenic recessive inheritance. (author). 8 refs., 2 tabs

  18. Low Cost, Low Profile Steerable SATCOM Antenna Project

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The small size of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms along with the need to reduce drag to increase flight time creates a need for low-profile antennas. The...

  19. RF MEMS Based Reconfigurable Antennas

    Simons, Rainee N.


    The presentation will first of all address the advantages of RF MEMS circuit in antenna applications and also the need for electronically reconfigurable antennas. Next, discuss some of the recent examples of RF MEMS based reconfigurable microstrip antennas. Finally, conclude the talk with a summary of MEMS antenna performance.

  20. Smart antennas in aerospace applications

    Verpoorte, Jaco; Schippers, Harmen; Roeloffzen, Chris G.H.; Marpaung, David A.I.


    The interest in Smart Antennas for aerospace applications is growing. This paper describes smart antennas which can be used on aircraft. Two aerospace applications are discussed in more detail: a phased array antenna with optical beam forming and a large vibrating phased array antenna with electronic compensation techniques.

  1. Improved Radiation and Bandwidth of Triangular and Star Patch Antenna

    M. Ramkumar Prabhu


    Full Text Available This study presents a hexagonal shape Defected Ground Structure (DGS implemented on two element triangular patch microstrip antenna array. The radiation performance of the antenna is characterized by varying the geometry and dimension of the DGS and also by locating the DGS at specific position which were simulated. Simulation and measurement results have verified that the antenna with DGS had improved the antenna without DGS. Measurement results of the hexagonal DGS have axial ratio bandwidth enhancement of 10 MHz, return loss improvement of 35%, mutual coupling reduction of 3 dB and gain enhancement of 1 dB. A new wideband and small size star shaped patch antenna fed capacitively by a small diamond shape patch is proposed. To enhance the impedance bandwidth, posts are incorporated under the patch antenna. HFSS high frequency simulator is employed to analyze the proposed antenna and simulated results on the return loss, the E- and H-plane radiation patterns and Gain of the proposed antenna are presented at various frequencies. The antenna is able to achieve in the range of 4-8.8 GHz an impedance bandwidth of 81% for return loss of less than-10 dB.

  2. A Rectangular Planar Spiral Antenna for GIS Partial Discharge Detection

    Xiaoxing Zhang


    Full Text Available A rectangular planar spiral antenna sensor was designed for detecting the partial discharge in gas insulation substations (GIS. It can expediently receive electromagnetic waves leaked from basin-type insulators and can effectively suppress low frequency electromagnetic interference from the surrounding environment. Certain effective techniques such as rectangular spiral structure, bow-tie loading, and back cavity structure optimization during the antenna design process can miniaturize antenna size and optimize voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR characteristics. Model calculation and experimental data measured in the laboratory show that the antenna possesses a good radiating performance and a multiband property when working in the ultrahigh frequency (UHF band. A comparative study between characteristics of the designed antenna and the existing quasi-TEM horn antenna was made. Based on the GIS defect simulation equipment in the laboratory, partial discharge signals were detected by the designed antenna, the available quasi-TEM horn antenna, and the microstrip patch antenna, and the measurement results were compared.

  3. Adaptive antennas and receivers

    Weiner, Melvin M


    In our modern age of remote sensing, wireless communication, and the nearly endless list of other antenna-based applications, complex problems require increasingly sophisticated solutions. Conventional antenna systems are no longer suited to high-noise or low-signal applications such as intrusion detection. Detailing highly effective approaches to non-Gaussian weak signal detection, Adaptive Antennas and Receivers provides an authoritative introduction to state-of-the-art research on the modeling, testing, and application of these technologies.Edited by innovative researcher and eminent expert

  4. Atacama Compact Array Antennas

    Saito, Masao; Inatani, Junji; Nakanishi, Kouichiro; Naoi, Takahiro; Yamada, Masumi; Saito, Hiro; Ikenoue, Bungo; Kato, Yoshihiro; Morita, Kou-ichiro; Mizuno, Norikazu; Iguchi, Satoru


    We report major performance test results of the Atacama Compact Array (ACA) 7-m and 12-m antennas of ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array). The four major performances of the ACA antennas are all-sky pointing (to be not more than 2.0 arcsec), offset pointing (to be < 0.6 arcsec) surface accuracy (< 25(20) micrometer for 12(7)m-antenna), stability of path-length (15 micrometer over 3 min), and high servo capability (6 degrees/s for Azimuth and 3 degrees/s for Elevation). The high...

  5. Optimisation of Microstrip Antenna

    H. El Hamchary


    Full Text Available When choosing the most appropriate microstrip antenna configuration for particular applications, the kind of excitation of the radiating element is an essential factor that requires careful considerations. For controlling the distribution of energy of the linear or planar array of elements and for coupling energy to the individual elements, a wide variety of feed mechanisms are available. In this paper, the coaxial antenna feeding is assumed and the best (optimised feeding is found. Then, antenna characteristics such as radiation pattern, return loss, input impedance, and VSWR are obtained.

  6. Tunable Liquid Dielectric Antenna

    Kamal Raj Singh Rajoriya


    Full Text Available This paper presents on modified the dielectric properties of liquid with varying salinity that was based on monopole structure. Dielectric resonator antennas (DRAs can be made with a wide range of materials and allow many excitation methods [2]. Pure water does not work at high frequency (> 1 GHz but increase in the salinity of water modifies the dielectric properties of water. Here proposed antenna shows that when the salinity increases in form of molar solution, the antenna was tuned at different frequency with increases return loss.

  7. Antennas from theory to practice

    Huang, Yi


    Practical, concise and complete reference for the basics of modern antenna design Antennas: from Theory to Practice discusses the basics of modern antenna design and theory. Developed specifically for engineers and designers who work with radio communications, radar and RF engineering, this book offers practical and hands-on treatment of antenna theory and techniques, and provides its readers the skills to analyse, design and measure various antennas. Key features: Provides thorough coverage on the basics of transmission lines, radio waves and propag

  8. Fluorescence spectral properties of outer antenna LHC II

    He Jun Fang; Zhang, Shu; He Fang Tao; Ren Zhao You; Li Liang Bi; Kuang Ting Yun


    Outer antenna LHC II acts to absorb and transfer energy for photosynthesis. The authors studied the fluorescence properties of LHC II of spinach with scanning imaging fluorescence spectroscopy. After it had been excited by 514.5 nm laser, the integral fluorescence spectrum of LHC II was detected. It was shown that energy transfer existed between carotenoid and chlorophyll. Seven bands of LHC II fluorescence emission were resolved by Gauss combination, viz. 656.7, 664.6, 671.5, 677.2, 683.5, 689.6, 695.3 nm, and the percentages of them were 3.0%, 13.1%,13.3%, 21.1%, 13.2%, 33.3%, 3.0% respectively. The emission of 658.7 nm was attributed to chlorophyll b, the other emission bands were produced by chlorophyll a molecules with the maximum absorption 662, 670/671, 676, 680 nm and over 690 nm. The band 656.7 nm, whose percentage was 3.0%, shows that the most energy was absorbed by chlorophyll a. The percentage of band 689.6 nm was the most, which was possibly correlated with one type of self protective mechanism o...

  9. Nonlinear plasmonic antennas

    Shakeeb Bin Hasan


    Full Text Available Contrary to traditional optical elements, plasmonic antennas made from nanostructured metals permit the localization of electromagnetic fields on length scales much smaller than the wavelength of light. This results in huge amplitudes for the electromagnetic field close to the antenna being conducive for the observation of nonlinear effects already at moderate pump powers. Thus, these antennas exhibit a promising potential to achieve optical frequency conversion and all-optical control of light at the nano-scale. This opens unprecedented opportunities for ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy, sensing devices, on-chip optical frequency conversion, nonlinear optical metamaterials, and novel photon sources. Here, we review some of the recent advances in exploiting the potential of plasmonic antennas to realize robust nonlinear applications.

  10. Fractal multiband patch antenna

    Borja, C.; Puente Baliarda, Carles; Romeu Robert, Jordi; Anguera Pros, Jaume


    The multiband behaviour of the Sierpinski patch antenna is described in this paper. Experimental results show that the self similarity properties of the fractal shape are translated into its electromagnetic behaviour. Peer Reviewed

  11. Atacama Compact Array Antennas

    Saito, Masao; Nakanishi, Kouichiro; Naoi, Takahiro; Yamada, Masumi; Saito, Hiro; Ikenoue, Bungo; Kato, Yoshihiro; Morita, Kou-ichiro; Mizuno, Norikazu; Iguchi, Satoru


    We report major performance test results of the Atacama Compact Array (ACA) 7-m and 12-m antennas of ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array). The four major performances of the ACA antennas are all-sky pointing (to be not more than 2.0 arcsec), offset pointing (to be < 0.6 arcsec) surface accuracy (< 25(20) micrometer for 12(7)m-antenna), stability of path-length (15 micrometer over 3 min), and high servo capability (6 degrees/s for Azimuth and 3 degrees/s for Elevation). The high performance of the ACA antenna has been extensively evaluated at the Site Erection Facility area at an altitude of about 2900 meters. Test results of pointing performance, surface performance, and fast motion capability are demonstrated.

  12. Microwave antenna holography

    Rochblatt, David J.; Seidel, Boris L.


    This microwave holography technique utilizes the Fourier transform relation between the complex far field radiation pattern of an antenna and the complex aperture field distribution. Resulting aperture phase and amplitude distribution data can be used to precisely characterize various crucial performance parameters, including panel alignment, panel shaping, subreflector position, antenna aperture illumination, directivity at various frequencies, and gravity deformation effects. The methodology of data processing presented here was successfully applied to the Deep Space Network (DSN) 34-m beam waveguide antennas. The antenna performance was improved at all operating frequencies by reducing the main reflector mechanical surface rms error to 0.43 mm. At Ka-band (32 GHz), the estimated improvement is 4.1 dB, resulting in an aperture efficiency of 52 percent. The performance improvement was verified by efficiency measurements and additional holographic measurements.

  13. Intelsat VI antenna system

    Caulfield, M. F.; Lane, S. O.; Taormina, F. A.

    The antenna system design of a series of five new communications satellites known as Intelsat VI is described in detail. Each satellite will utilize 50 transponders operating in the C and K band portions of the frequency spectrum. The transponders are interconnectible using either static switch matrices or a network which provides satellite switched time division multiple access capability. The antenna coverages, characteristics, and special design features are shown and discussed.

  14. QTL Mapping of Chlorophyll Contents in Rice

    SHEN Bo; ZHUANG Jie-yun; ZHANG Ke-qin; DAI Wei-min; LU Ye; FU Li-qing; DING Jia-ming; ZHENG Kang-le


    The objectives of this study were to investigate the genetic factors controlling the chlorophyll content of rice leaf using QTL analysis. A linkage map consisting of 207 DNA markers was constructed by using 247 recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from an indica-indica rice cross of Zhenshan97B×Milyang 46. In 2002 and 2003, the contents of chlorophyll a and b of the parents and the 247 RILs were measured on the top first leaf, top second leaf, and top third leaf, respectively. The software QTLMapper 1.6 was used to detect quantitative trait loci (QTLs), additive by environment (AE) interactions, and epistatic by environment (AAE) interactions. A total of eight QTLs in four intervals were detected to have significant additive effects on chlorophyll a and b contents at different leaf positions, with 1.96-9.77% of phenotypic variation explained by a single QTL, and two QTLs with significant AE interactions were detected. Epistasis analysis detected nine significant additive-by-additive interactions on chlorophyll a and b contents, and one pair of QTLs with significant AAE interactions was detected. On comparison with QTLs for yield traits detected in the same population, it was found in many cases that the QTLs for chlorophyll a and b contents and those for yield traits were located in the same chromosome intervals.

  15. Bowel perforation detection using metabolic fluorescent chlorophylls

    Han, Jung Hyun; Jo, Young Goun; Kim, Jung Chul; Choi, Sujeong; Kang, Hoonsoo; Kim, Yong-Chul; Hwang, In-Wook


    Thus far, there have been tries of detection of disease using fluorescent materials. We introduce the chlorophyll derivatives from food plants, which have longer-wavelength emissions (at >650 nm) than those of fluorescence of tissues and organs, for detection of bowel perforation. To figure out the possibility of fluorescence spectroscopy as a monitoring sensor of bowel perforation, fluorescence from organs of rodent models, intestinal and peritoneal fluids of rodent models and human were analyzed. In IVIS fluorescence image of rodent abdominal organ, visualization of perforated area only was possible when threshold of image is extremely finely controlled. Generally, both perforated area of bowel and normal bowel which filled with large amount of chlorophyll derivatives were visualized with fluorescence. The fluorescence from chlorophyll derivatives penetrated through the normal bowel wall makes difficult to distinguish perforation area from normal bowel with direct visualization of fluorescence. However, intestinal fluids containing chlorophyll derivatives from food contents can leak from perforation sites in situation of bowel perforation. It may show brighter and longer-wavelength regime emissions of chlorophyll derivatives than those of pure peritoneal fluid or bioorgans. Peritoneal fluid mixed with intestinal fluids show much brighter emissions in longer wavelength (at>650 nm) than those of pure peritoneal fluid. In addition, irrigation fluid, which is used for the cleansing of organ and peritoneal cavity, made of mixed intestinal and peritoneal fluid diluted with physiologic saline also can be monitored bowel perforation during surgery.

  16. Inkjet-Printed Wideband Antenna on Resin-Coated Paper Substrate for Curved Wireless Devices

    Abutarboush, Hattan


    A low-cost, inkjet-printed multiband monopole antenna for conformal wireless applications is presented for the first time. The antenna is implemented on a low cost resin coated paper substrate which can be used for conformal devices. The antenna developed here is composed of four branch lines on the radiator and three L-shaped slots on the ground plane that help to generate multiple bands without increasing the size of the antenna. The antenna has a compact size, making it suitable for handheld and wearable wireless devices. Details of the inkjet printing fabrication processes and related issues are presented. The antennas were characterized under flat and bent conditions and the results indicate that the antennas can cover most bands for mobile and wireless applications such as PCS, UMTS, GSM1900 and WLAN

  17. Antenna-in-package system integrated with meander line antenna based on LTCC technology

    Gang DONG; Wei XIONG; Zhao-yao WU; Yin-tang YANG


    We present an antenna-in-package system integrated with a meander line antenna based on low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) technology. The proposed system employs a meander line patch antenna, a packaging layer, and a laminated multi-chip module (MCM) for integration of integrated circuit (IC) bare chips. A microstrip feed line is used to reduce the interaction between patch and package. To decrease electromagnetic coupling, a via hole structure is designed and analyzed. The meander line antenna achieved a bandwidth of 220 MHz with the center frequency at 2.4 GHz, a maximum gain of 2.2 dB, and a radiation efficiency about 90% over its operational frequency. The whole system, with a small size of 20.2 minx6.1 mmx2.6 mm, can be easily realized by a standard LTCC process. This antenna-in-package system integrated with a meander line antenna was fabricated and the experimental results agreed with simulations well.

  18. Antenna-in-package system integrated with meander line antenna based on LTCC technology

    Gang DONG; Wei XIONG; Zhao-yao WU; Yin-tang YANG


    We present an antenna-in-package system integrated with a meander line antenna based on low temperature co-fi red ceramic (LTCC) technology. The proposed system employs a meander line patch antenna, a packaging layer, and a laminated multi-chip module (MCM) for integration of integrated circuit (IC) bare chips. A microstrip feed line is used to reduce the interaction between patch and package. To decrease electromagnetic coupling, a via hole structure is designed and analyzed. The meander line antenna achieved a bandwidth of 220 MHz with the center frequency at 2.4 GHz, a maximum gain of 2.2 dB, and a radiation efficiency about 90% over its operational frequency. The whole system, with a small size of 20.2 mm×6.1 mm×2.6 mm, can be easily realized by a standard LTCC process. This antenna-in-package system integrated with a meander line antenna was fabricated and the experimental results agreed with simulations well.

  19. Compact Ultra-wideband Microstrip Antenna with Metamaterials

    An improved compact ultra-wideband (UWB) microstrip antenna with metamaterials is proposed. The total size is slightly reduced and the measured impedance bandwidth operates from 3.84 to 22.77 GHz for a return loss of less than −10 dB. Compared with the original patch antenna, the bandwidth of this antenna is about six times broader. Moreover, the antenna has an average gain of 6.2 dB, which is 1.2 dB larger than the original one. Both strong radiation in the horizontal direction and practical characteristics are observed. Thus, this antenna would have some specific applications for UWB wireless communications in the future

  20. Measurement of the ultrafast temporal response of a plasmonic antenna

    A measurement on the temporal response of a plasmonic antenna at the femtosecond time scale is reported. The antenna consists of a square array of nanometer-size gold rods. The far-field dispersion of light reflected from the plasmonic antenna is found to be less than that of a 1.2 mm thick glass slide. Assuming a simple oscillating dipole model this implies that the near-field of the antenna may be used as an electron switch that responds faster than 20 fs. Alternatively, ultrafast electron diffraction may be used to investigate the near-field dynamics of the plasmonic antenna. (copyright 2012 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  1. Miniaturized Circularly Polarized Microstrip RFID Antenna Using Fractal Metamaterial

    Guo Liu


    Full Text Available A novel miniaturized circularly polarized (CP microstrip antenna that can handle UHF band (920–925 MHz, corresponding to the assigned band for RFID in China has been designed, fabricated, and measured in this paper. The miniaturization of antenna is achieved by a special cross-shaped fractal metamaterial structure that is inserted between the patch and ground plane. The measured results show that the antenna possesses an impedance bandwidth of 8.7% with VSWR 1.5 : 1 and 3-dB axial bandwidth of 3.8%. Furthermore, the proposed antenna has 10.2% size reduction compared with traditional patch antenna. The tested results are in good agreement with that of the simulations.

  2. Uniplanar circularly polarized slot-ring antenna architectures

    Fries, Matthias K.; Vahldieck, Rüdiger


    This paper presents a novel printed uniplanar antenna architecture for circular polarization. The structure consists of a single-fed slot-ring antenna with asymmetrically placed perturbations. The influence of different kinds of perturbations and substrates on the size of the antenna, its impedance bandwidth, and its axial ratio bandwidth is investigated. Various feed circuits based on coplanar waveguides (CPWs), coaxial line, and microstrip are investigated as well. Low-cost applications such as tagging antennas at 2.45 GHz are tested in combination with a coaxial line and CPW feed circuit. It was found that antennas achieving an impedance bandwidth over 60% and an axial ratio bandwidth up to 15% can be realized without the need of airbridges and rf-substrates.

  3. A Small UWB Antenna with Dual Band-Notched Characteristics

    J. Xu


    Full Text Available A small novel ultrawideband (UWB antenna with dual band-notched functions is proposed. The dual band rejection is achieved by etching two C-shaped slots on the radiation patch with limited area. A single band-notched antenna is firstly presented, and then an optimized dual band-notched antenna is presented and analyzed. The measured VSWR shows that the proposed antenna could operate from 3.05 to 10.7 GHz with VSWR less than 2, except two stopbands at 3.38 to 3.82 GHz and 5.3 to 5.8 GHz for filtering the WiMAX and WLAN signals. Radiation patterns are simulated by HFSS and verified by CST, and quasiomnidirectional radiation patterns in the H-plane could be observed. Moreover, the proposed antenna has a very compact size and could be easily integrated into portable UWB devices.

  4. Characteristics Study of Portable Hand-Held Phone Antenna by MoM

    李玉莹; 徐晓文


    The characteristics of one kind of handset antenna are analyzed by the method of moments. By using the Pocklington equation and the Galerkin method, the current distribution on the handset antenna is calculated, the input impedance and radiation patterns are obtained. In addition, the characteristics of monopoles mounted on conducting chassis box with different sizes are analyzed. The results show that the size of the conducting chassis box has significant effect on the performance of the handset antenna. Therefore, appropriately changing the size of the conducting chassis box may improve the performance of the handset antenna.

  5. Hybrid Deployable Foam Antennas and Reflectors

    Rivellini, Tommaso; Willis, Paul; Hodges, Richard; Spitz, Suzanne


    Hybrid deployable radio antennas and reflectors of a proposed type would feature rigid narrower apertures plus wider adjoining apertures comprising reflective surfaces supported by open-cell polymeric foam structures (see figure). The open-cell foam structure of such an antenna would be compressed for compact stowage during transport. To initiate deployment of the antenna, the foam structure would simply be released from its stowage mechanical restraint. The elasticity of the foam would drive the expansion of the foam structure to its full size and shape. There are several alternatives for fabricating a reflective surface supported by a polymeric foam structure. One approach would be to coat the foam with a metal. Another approach would be to attach a metal film or a metal-coated polymeric membrane to the foam. Yet another approach would be to attach a metal mesh to the foam. The hybrid antenna design and deployment concept as proposed offers significant advantages over other concepts for deployable antennas: 1) In the unlikely event of failure to deploy, the rigid narrow portion of the antenna would still function, providing a minimum level of assured performance. In contrast, most other concepts for deploying a large antenna from compact stowage are of an "all or nothing" nature: the antenna is not useful at all until and unless it is fully deployed. 2) Stowage and deployment would not depend on complex mechanisms or actuators, nor would it involve the use of inflatable structures. Therefore, relative to antennas deployed by use of mechanisms, actuators, or inflation systems, this antenna could be lighter, cheaper, amenable to stowage in a smaller volume, and more reliable. An open-cell polymeric (e.g., polyurethane) foam offers several advantages for use as a compressible/expandable structural material to support a large antenna or reflector aperture. A few of these advantages are the following: 3) The open cellular structure is amenable to compression to a very

  6. The spontaneous chlorophyll mutation frequency in barley

    Jørgensen, Jørgen Helms; Jensen, Hans Peter


    A total of 1866 barley plants were progeny tested in the greenhouse. Twenty-five plants segregated for newly arisen, spontaneous chlorophyll mutant genes. Among the total of 470,129 seedlings screened there were 79 mutants (1.7 .+-. 0.6 .times. 10-4). The data are added to data from three similar...... materials and the resulting estimate of the chlorophyll mutant frequency is 1.6 .times. 10-4 in about 1.43 million seedlings. The estimate of the chlorophyll mutation rate per generation is close to 67.3 .times. 10-4 per diploid genome or in the order of 6 .times. 10-7 per locus and haploid genome....

  7. JET ICRH antenna for pumped-divertor geometry

    The plasma configuration in the proposed JET programme extending up to 1996 will be a Single-Null (bottom) X-point with a pump divertor. This geometry has important limitations for coupling the RF power by the present ICRH antennas as the plasma size would be smaller and it will be significantly vertically asymmetric. It is clear that the present ICRH antenna (A1) system should be made compatible with the new proposed plasma configuration to utilise the full potential of the 32 MW (generator), 20 s pulse-length, 25-55 MHz JET ICRH installed facility for plasma heating and possible current drive applications in the proposed new phase of the JET programme. The present state-of-the-art knowledge of the antenna design at JET will be used for A2-antenna design which would also incorporate the ICRH current drive features as a prelude to the design of an ICRH launcher of the Next-Step devices. In this design, antennas would be made wider and deeper which would improve the coupling and it is estimated that more than 20 MW can be coupled to X-point plasmas from the ICRH plant. The current drive capability would be improved (≅ 1 MA) by the use of septums which allow arbitrary phasing between each central conductors. The design philosophy that is being followed in the design of JET A2-antennas is outlined and the present status and the main features of the physics and engineering design of A2-antenna are discussed. The antenna-plasma coupling and the antenna-directivity for the new antenna are then presented. Finally, a time-schedule for the design, construction and installation of the antennas is also given. (author)

  8. CPW-fed Wideband Antenna with U-shaped Ground Plane

    Shagun Maheshwari; Priyanka Jain; Archana Agarwal


    This paper proposes the design of CPW-fed wideband antenna with U-shaped ground plane. The proposed antenna is a simple printed antenna, which is fed by a 50Ω CPW line. The Antenna has a compact size of 13mm×25mm. To obtain wide bandwidth, a slot is cut in ground plane and radiating patch is modified. The proposed antenna yields the operating frequency range from 7.3GHz to 15.1GHz, which offers the bandwidth of 7.79GHz. Simulation has been performed by using CST Microwave Studio Software. Thi...

  9. Microstrip Folded Dipole Antenna for 35 GHz MMW Communication

    Guang Hua


    Full Text Available A microstrip asymmetric folded dipole antenna on chip is proposed in this paper. The construction of balun feed line is adopted to provide wideband. A new design procedure based on the odd-even mode method to calculate the input impedance of an asymmetric strip folded dipole antenna is presented. The folded dipole antenna has the advantage of small size, low profile, low cost, and so forth. The measured results show that a miniaturized antenna has the bandwidth of more than 14.2% (VSWR ≤ 2; gain of the antenna is 5.7 dB at 35 GHz.

  10. SANTANA- Smart Antenna Terminal Design

    Liu, Ying


    This project is embedded in SANTANA (Smart Antenna Terminal) project. The project goal is to design a Ka-band circularly polarized antenna radiator for the receiver SANTANA system. The research work focuses on two types of circularly polarized antennas: aperture-coupled patch antenna and CPW-fed patch antenna. A two steps design process is used. Firstly, only the antennas and their feed structure are designed and optimized. Secondly, a via-transition to connect to a MMIC layer is added. When ...

  11. Modeling of compact loop antennas

    Baity, F. W.


    A general compact loop antenna model which treats all elements of the antenna as lossy transmission lines has been developed. In addition to capacitively tuned resonant double loop (RDL) antennas, the model treats sub-tuned RDL antennas. Calculations using the model have been compared with measurements on full-scale mock-ups of RDL antennas for ATF and TFTR in order to refine the transmission line parameters. Results from the model are presented for RDL antenna designs for ATF, TFTR, Tore Supra, and the Compact Ignition Tokamak (CIT).

  12. Modeling of compact loop antennas

    A general compact loop antenna model which treats all elements of the antenna as lossy transmission lines has been developed. In addition to capacitively-tuned resonant double loop (RDL) antennas the model treats stub-tuned resonant double loop antennas. Calculations using the model have been compared with measurements on full-scale mockups of resonant double loop antennas for ATF and TFTR in order to refine the transmission line parameters. Results from the model are presented for RDL antenna designs for ATF, TFTR, Tore Supra, and for the Compact Ignition Tokamak

  13. Modeling of compact loop antennas

    A general compact loop antenna model which treats all elements of the antenna as lossy transmission lines has been developed. In addition to capacitively tuned resonant double loop (RDL) antennas, the model treats sub-tuned RDL antennas. Calculations using the model have been compared with measurements on full-scale mock-ups of RDL antennas for ATF and TFTR in order to refine the transmission line parameters. Results from the model are presented for RDL antenna designs for ATF, TFTR, Tore Supra, and the Compact Ignition Tokamak

  14. The Segmented Bifilar Contrawound Toroidal Helical Antenna.

    Vanvoorhies, Kurt Louis

    The segmented bifilar contrawound toroidal helical antenna, a.k.a. QuadContra antenna creates a toroidal magnetic current whose radiated electromagnetic fields emulate those of an electric dipole located normal to the plane of the toroidal helix. This antenna is a magnetic dual of the constant current electric loop antenna. Its principal advantages of reduced size and low profile result from both its circular geometry and from the velocity factor of its slow wave contrawound helical structure. This antenna is constructed by winding two conductors in contrawound relation to each other on a toroidal form, dividing the winding into an even number of segments, and reversing the pitch sense of each conductor from one segment to another. Feed ports are located on the conductors at the segment boundaries, and are connected in alternate phase to a central signal terminal via balanced and tuned transmission line elements. At resonance, each winding segment supports a quarter-wave sinusoidal current distribution. Toroidal electric current components are canceled, and poloidal current components are enhanced in the resulting anti-symmetric mode current distribution. This study measured and simulated the velocity factor, input impedance, bandwidth and simulated the radiation gain and pattern for a variety of linear and toroidal structures. The velocity factor, modeled as a power function of the ratio of axial winding length to wire length, was two to three times slower for the anti-symmetric mode contrawound helix than for a comparable monofilar helix. The radiation characteristics of the antenna were simulated using the OSU ESP4 Moment Method based program, after making extensive improvements to accommodate a wide variety of antenna configurations and to automatically find resonant frequencies. The simulated QuadContra antenna radiates with vertically polarization in a dipole-like pattern having a gain about 2 dB less than the dipole. The gain falls off dramatically for

  15. Plankton studies in San Francisco Bay; I, Chlorophyll distributions and hydrographic properties, July 1977-December 1979

    Alpine, Andrea E.; Cloern, James E.; Cole, Brian E.


    This report summarizes the distribution of phytoplankton biomass and selected hydrographic properties measured in the San Francisco Bay Estuary, on a near-monthly basis, from July 1977 through December 1979. Parameters measured were: chlorophyll a, phaeopigments, in-vivo fluorescence, turbidity, size distribution of phytoplankton, salinity and temperature. (USGS)

  16. Circularly Polarized Broadband RFID Microstrip Tag Antenna

    B. Rajini


    Full Text Available In recent years, the application of radio frequency identification (RFID operating in the ultra-high frequency (UHF band (860-960MHz are expanding exponentially, due to the advantages such as long reading distance, high data transfer rate, and small tag size. So the design of a CP tag antenna with broadband characteristic is presently one of the most challenging topics. This project presents a square patch passive RFID tag antenna designed for UHF band. To achieve compact size broadband and circular polarization (CP radiation, the square patch is embedded with a cross slot, while an L-shaped open-end microstrip line coupled to the patch. By selecting an appropriate length for the microstrip line and its coupling distance with the radiating element, easy control on the input impedance of the designed tag antenna which leads to excellent impedance matching is achieved. The measured 10-dB return-loss bandwidth of the tag antenna is 27MHz (from 901–928 MHz.

  17. Dual-Frequency Operation of Bow-Tie Microstrip Antenna%蝶形微带天线的双频工作

    钟顺时; 张需溥


    Characteristics of a single-feed dual-frequency bow-tie microstrip antenna are studied. By using the variation method, simple formulas for resonant frequencies of the bow-tie microstrip antenna are derived. It is shown that the dual-frequency ratio can be controlled easily by choosing the parameters of the antenna. This design gives compact antenna size and simple antenna structure. Experimental results are presented, verifying the validity of the design.

  18. Imaging antenna arrays

    Rutledge, D. B.; Muha, M. S.


    Many millimeter and far-infrared imaging systems are limited in sensitivity and speed because they depend on a single scanned element. Because of recent advances in planar detectors such as Schottky diodes, superconducting tunnel junctions, and microbolometers, an attractive approach to this problem is a planar antenna array with integrated detectors. A planar line antenna array and optical system for imaging has been developed. The significant advances are a 'reverse-microscope' optical configuration and a modified bow-tie antenna design. In the 'reverse-microscope' configuration, a lens is attached to the bottom of the substrate containing the antennas. Imaging is done through the substrate. This configuration eliminates the troublesome effects of substrate surface waves. The substrate lens has only a single refracting surface, making possible a virtually aplanatic system, with little spherical aberration or coma. The array is characterized by an optical transfer function that is easily measured. An array with 19 dB crosstalk levels between adjacent antennas has been tested and it was found that the array captured 50 percent of the available power. This imaging system was diffraction limited.

  19. Long-term dynamics of chlorophyll concentration in the ocean surface layer (by space data)

    Shevyrnogov, A.; Vysotskaya, G.

    To preserve the biosphere and to use it efficiently, it is necessary to gain a deep insight into the dynamics of the primary production process on our planet. Variability of chlorophyll concentration in the ocean is one of the most important components of this process. These investigations are, however, very labor-consuming, because of the difficulties related to the accessibility of the water surface and its large size. In this work long-term changes in chlorophyll concentration in the surface layer of the ocean have been analyzed on the basis of the CZCS data for 7.5 years from 1979 to 1986 and the SeaWiFS data from 1997 to 2004. It has been shown that the average chlorophyll concentration calculated in all investigated areas varies moderately. However, when analyzing spatially local trends, the areas have been detected that have significant rise and fall of chlorophyll concentrations. Some interesting features of the long-term dynamics of chlorophyll concentration have been found. The opposite directions of long-term trends (essential increase or decrease) cannot be explained only by large-scale hydrological phenomena in the ocean (currents, upwellings, etc.). The measured chlorophyll concentration results from the balance between production and destruction processes. Which process dominates is determined by various hydrophysical, hydrobiological, and climatic processes, leading to sharp rises or falls of the concentration. It is important to estimate the scale of the areas in which this or that process dominates. Therefore, the study addresses not only the dynamics of the mean value but also the dynamics of the areas in which the dominance of certain factors has led to a sharp fall or rise in chlorophyll concentration. Thus, the obtained results can be used to estimate long-term changes in the ocean biota.

  20. Design of Two Novel Dual Band-Notched UWB Antennas

    Bing Li


    Full Text Available Two novel dual band-notched ultra-wideband (UWB printed monopole antennas with simple structure and small size are presented. The size of both antennas is 25×25×0.8 mm3. The bandwidth of one of the proposed antenna can be from 2.7 GHz to 36.8 GHz, except the bandwidth of 3.2–3.9 GHz for WiMAX applications and 5.14–5.94 GHz for WLAN applications. The bandwidth of the other is ranging for 2.7 to 41.1 GHz, except the bandwidth of 3.2–3.9 GHz for WiMAX applications and 4.8–5.9 GHz for WLAN applications. Bandwidths of the antennas are about 512% and 455% wider than those of conventional band-notched UWB antennas, respectively. In addition, the time-domain characteristics of the two antennas are investigated to show the difference between both antennas.

  1. A Compact Annular Ring Microstrip Antenna for WSN Applications

    Daihua Wang


    Full Text Available A compact annular ring microstrip antenna was proposed for a wireless sensor network (WSN application in the 2.4 GHz band. In this paper the major considerations of the conformal antenna design were the compact size and the impact on antenna’s performance of a steel installation base. By using a chip resistor of large resistance (120 Ω the antenna size was reduced to 38% of that a conventional annular ring patch antenna. With the addition of the steel installation base the resonant frequency of the antenna increases about 4.2% and the bandwidth reduces from 17.5% to 11.7% by adjusting the load resistance simultaneously. Several key parameters were discussed and optimized, and the antenna was fabricated and its performance measured. The antenna is well matched at 2.4 GHz with 34.2 dB return loss and –2.5 dBi peak gain. Meanwhile, it exhibits excellent radiation patterns with very low cross-polarization levels.

  2. Technologies and Applications of Microwave Photonic Antennas

    Y. Yashchyshyn; Chizh, A.; Malyshev, S.; Modelski, J


    This paper describes the development of microwave photonic antennas concepts and their applications. The experimental study of the transmitting and receiving photonic antenna are shown. The transmitting photonic antenna consists of photodiode integrated with microstrip E-shaped patch antenna, and receiving photonic antenna consists of laser diode integrated directly with the Vivaldi antenna.

  3. Dual polarization flat plate antenna

    Kelly, Kenneth C.

    Rectangular waveguides with radiating slots are used in groups to form planar array microwave antennas with large apertures and small depth. Such flat plate antennas are widely used on spacecraft and aircraft. Typically, flat plate antennas provide fixed linear polarization. The present paper describes a new flat plate antenna which produces two coincident beams that are distinguished by their orthogonal linear polarizations. The antenna has two ports, one for each of the coicident beams. Completely external to the antenna, connecting a simple network to those terminal ports enables the antenna to provide right circular polarization from one port and left from the other. A different external network enables the antenna to have arbitrarily adjustable polarizations.

  4. Vector potential analysis of the helicon antenna in vacuum

    Johnson, Robert W


    The helicon antenna is a well-known device in the field of electric propulsion. Here we investigate the vector potential produced in vacuum by such an antenna with typical size parameters. Both a static and a dynamic analysis are performed. The dynamic calculation is evaluated at both the usual operating frequency and one which is slightly greater. At the higher frequency, a pulse of electromagnetic energy is found to propagate along the cylindrical axis in either direction. The possible adaptation of the helicon antenna as a RF injection device for burning plasma is discussed.

  5. A compact circularly polarized patch antenna with ring reflector

    Jia, F.; Han, W.; Li, Y.; Sun, S.


    A miniaturized antenna with circular polarization and directional pattern is presented in this paper. The conventional ground plane is replaced by a rectangular ring reflector to form the directional pattern. Since the side length of the ring reflector is around quarter-waveleng, the total size of the proposed antenna is reduced dramatically, which is about λg/2 × λg/2 in the horizontal plane. In addition, the performance of the proposed antenna is still comparable with the convetional micros...

  6. A Wideband Single Fed L Slot Circularly Polarized Antenna

    Nisha; Meenakshi saini


    A single-fed circularly polarized (CP) patch antenna is designed and built using L-slot loaded patch technique. The antenna is designed on a high dielectric constant (εr = 10.02) substrate which achieves a reasonable bandwidth and axial ratio bandwidth with respect to a U slot antenna. At the operating frequency of 1.575 GHz with the size of the patch is 25mm X 25mm, while ground plane of 60mm X 60mm and the thickness of the substrate is 9.12mm. Bandwidth is enhanced to 18.42%...

  7. Antenna design considerations for MIMO TV white-space handsets

    Tsakalaki, Elpiniki; Alrabadi, Osama; De Carvalho, Elisabeth; Pedersen, Gert Frølund

    The trend in wireless communication is to provide high-speed services utilizing MIMO antenna systems. Moreover, cognitive radio (CR) technology targets to exploit the so-called TV white space (TVWS) utilizing tunable antennas operating over vacant TV bands. The joint requirements for cognition and...... presents a promising approach that empowers the TVWS device with CR-MIMO capabilities under modern smartphone size constraints. The idea is to aggregate a pair of antennas per communication port for a) providing attractive bandwidth properties across the desired TV bands and b) isolating the communication...




    In this paper, a novel small ultra-wideband (UWB) printed monopole antenna, designed to operate in 3.1-10.6 GHz frequency band, is presented. The antenna is composed of five non-overlapped rectangular patches, a partial ground plane and a standard 50-Ω microstrip feed line. The overall size of the proposed antenna is 22.8 mm  29.5 mm  0.813 mm. The design procedure that we have used is based on a mixed integer genetic algorithm (GA) and the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method with u...

  9. Design and development of a small compact ultra wideband antenna

    In this paper the design of a novel and compact U slot UWB printed monopole microstrip antenna of size 19.2 × 28.8 mm2 has been presented for wireless applications. The planar, small and thin UWB antenna design consists of a U slot radiator fed by a single 50Ω microstrip line with truncated ground plane is excited by a coaxial SMA connector. The simulations are done using the Ansoft High Frequency Structure Simulator (HFSS) software tool. The simulated results of impedance bandwidth are well supported by measurement. The measured group delay and radiation pattern results are also presented and performance of the antenna is analyzed/discussed.

  10. Compact U-Slotted Antenna for Broadband Radar Applications

    S. Costanzo


    Full Text Available The original U-shaped patch antenna is properly modified in this work to provide a compact and broadband antenna configuration with reduced cross-polar effects, well suitable for modern radar applications. The proposed antenna layout is applied to design, realize, and test two different prototypes working at P-band and C-band, typically adopted for ground-penetrating radar. The experimental results successfully demonstrate a large operating bandwidth between 15% and 20%, a significant reduction of size (about half of the standard configuration, and a low cross-polarization level within the operating frequency range.

  11. 96-antenna radioheliograph

    Lesovoi, S V; Ivanov, E F; Gubin, A V


    Here we briefly present some design approaches for a multifrequency 96-antenna radioheliograph. The array antenna configuration, transmission lines and digital receivers are the main focus of this work. The radioheliograph is a T-shaped centrally-condensed radiointerferometer operating at the frequency range 4-8~GHz. The justification for the choice of such a configuration is discussed. The antenna signals are transmitted to a workroom by analog optical links. The dynamic range and phase errors of the microwave-over-optical signal are considered. The signals after downconverting are processed by the digital receivers for delay tracking and fringe stopping. The required delay tracking step and data rates are considered. Two 3-bit data streams (I and Q) are transmitted to a correlator with the transceivers embedded in FPGA (Field Programmed Gate Array) chips and with PCI Express cables.

  12. Localisation of chlorophyll within the chloroplast

    Thomas, J.B.; Post, L.C.; Vertregt, N.


    Silver nitrate reduction was shown to occur in illuminated suspensions of Hibiscus grana. The action spectrum of this reduction, the reaction, proved to coincide satisfactorily with the chlorophyll absorption spectrum. Electron micrographs reveal that this reaction occurs in single lamellae. From

  13. Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) of Chlorophyll Pigments.

    Foote, Jerry


    Background information, list of materials needed, procedures used, and discussion of typical results are provided for an experiment on the thin layer chromatography of chlorophyll pigments. The experiment works well in high school, since the chemicals used are the same as those used in paper chromatography of plant pigments. (JN)

  14. Phytoplankton productivity quantified from chlorophyll fluorescence

    Hancke, Kasper; Dalsgaard, Tage; Sejr, Mikael Kristian;

    Phytoplankton are the main food source for marine life, and accurate uantification of its productivity is essential for understanding how marine food webs function. As a novel non-invasive technology, chlorophyll fluorescence can be used to assess in situ primary production in phytoplankton...

  15. Backfire antennas with dipole elements

    Nielsen, Erik Dragø; Pontoppidan, Knud


    A method is set up for a theoretical investigation of arbitrary backfire antennas based upon dipole structures. The mutual impedance between the dipole elements of the antenna is taken into account, and the field radiated due to a surface wave reflector of finite extent is determined by calculating...... the surface current distribution on the reflector plate. Numerical results obtained for Yagi backfire antennas and short-backfire antennas using this theory are compared with experimental results....

  16. Galileo satellite antenna modeling

    Steigenberger, Peter; Dach, Rolf; Prange, Lars; Montenbruck, Oliver


    The space segment of the European satellite navigation system Galileo currently consists of six satellites. Four of them belong to the first generation of In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites whereas the other two are Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites. High-precision geodetic applications require detailed knowledge about the actual phase center of the satellite and receiver antenna. The deviation of this actual phase center from a well-defined reference point is described by phase center offsets (PCOs) and phase center variations (PCVs). Unfortunately, no public information is available about the Galileo satellite antenna PCOs and PCVs, neither for the IOV, nor the FOC satellites. Therefore, conventional values for the IOV satellite antenna PCOs have been adopted for the Multi-GNSS experiment (MGEX) of the International GNSS Service (IGS). The effect of the PCVs is currently neglected and no PCOs for the FOC satellites are available yet. To overcome this deficiency in GNSS observation modeling, satellite antenna PCOs and PCVs are estimated for the Galileo IOV satellites based on global GNSS tracking data of the MGEX network and additional stations of the legacy IGS network. Two completely independent solutions are computed with the Bernese and Napeos software packages. The PCO and PCV values of the individual satellites are analyzed and the availability of two different solutions allows for an accuracy assessment. The FOC satellites are built by a different manufacturer and are also equipped with another type of antenna panel compared to the IOV satellites. Signal transmission of the first FOC satellite has started in December 2014 and activation of the second satellite is expected for early 2015. Based on the available observations PCO estimates and, optionally PCVs of the FOC satellites will be presented as well. Finally, the impact of the new antenna model on the precision and accuracy of the Galileo orbit determination is analyzed.


    To date, we have successfully manufactured working chlorophyll sensitized solar cells using chlorophyll (and b mixture) from spinach leaves. We have evaluated the electronic characteristics (voltage, current, and power outputs using different loading resistors) of this solar c...

  18. Printed MIMO antenna engineering

    Sharawi, Mohammad S


    Wireless communications has made a huge leap during the past two decades. The multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) technology was proposed in the 1990's as a viable solution that can overcome the data rate limit experienced by single-input-single-output (SISO) systems. This resource is focused on printed MIMO antenna system design. Printed antennas are widely used in mobile and handheld terminals due to their conformity with the device, low cost, good integration within the device elements and mechanical parts, as well as ease of fabrication.A perfect design companion for practicing engineers

  19. Antennas fundamentals, design, measurement

    Long, Maurice


    This comprehensive revision (3rd Edition) is a senior undergraduate or first-year graduate level textbook on antenna fundamentals, design, performance analysis, and measurements. In addition to its use as a formal course textbook, the book's pragmatic style and emphasis on the fundamentals make it especially useful to engineering professionals who need to grasp the essence of the subject quickly but without being mired in unnecessary detail. This new edition was prepared for a first year graduate course at Southern Polytechnic State University in Georgia. It provides broad coverage of antenna

  20. The Antennae Galaxies

    Karl, Simon


    The Antennae galaxies (NGC 4038/39) are the nearest and best-studied major merger of two gas-rich spirals in the local Universe. They are named after the characteristic pair of tidal tails that protrude out of their main galactic disks. Due to their proximity the Antennae are extremely well sampled by modern high-resolution observations over an enormous wavelength range, from radio to X-ray. This allows for a comprehensive multiwavelength approach to the present-day morpholo...

  1. DSN Microwave Antenna Holography

    Rochblatt, D. J.; Seidel, B. L.


    The DSN microwave antenna holography project will obtain three-dimensional pictures of the large DSN antenna surfaces. These pictures must be of suffi icient resolution to allow adjustment of the reflector panels to an rms surface of 0.5 mm (0.25 mm, goal). The major parameters and equations needed to define a holographic measurement system are outlined and then the proof of concept demonstration measurement that was made at DSS-43 (Australia) that resulted in contour maps with spatial resolution of 7 m in the aperture plane and resolution orthogonal to the aperture plane of 0.7 mm was discussed.

  2. Hyperbolic thermal antenna

    Barbillon, Grégory; Biehs, Svend-Age; Ben-Abdallah, Philippe


    A thermal antenna is an electromagnetic source which emits in its surrounding, a spatially coherent field in the infrared frequency range. Usually, its emission pattern changes with the wavelength so that the heat flux it radiates is weakly directive. Here, we show that a class of hyperbolic materials, possesses a Brewster angle which is weakly dependent on the wavelength, so that they can radiate like a true thermal antenna with a highly directional heat flux. The realization of these sources could open a new avenue in the field of thermal management in far-field regime.

  3. Antennas on circular cylinders

    Knudsen, H. L.


    antenna in a circular cylinder. By a procedure similar to the one used by Silver and Saunders, expressions have been derived for the field radiated from an arbitrary surface current distribution on a cylinder surface coaxial with a perfectly conducting cylinder. The cases where the space between the two...... cylindrical surfaces have the sane characteristic constants and different constants are treated separately. Extensive numerical computations of the field radiated from the slot antennas described here are being carried out, but no numerical results are yet available...

  4. Wireless Distributed Antenna MIMO


    The present disclosure relates to system applications of multicore optical fibers. One embodiment relates to a base transceiver station for a wireless telecommunication system comprising a plurality of antenna units arranged in a MIMO configuration and adapted for transmission and/or reception of...... radio-frequency signals, an optical transmitter in the form of an electro-optic conversion unit for each of said plurality of antenna units, each electro-optic conversion unit adapted for converting an RF signal into an optical signal, a plurality of a single core optical fibers for guiding the optical...

  5. Non-standard antennas

    Le Chevalier, Francois; Staraj, Robert


    This book aims at describing the wide variety of new technologies and concepts of non-standard antenna systems - reconfigurable, integrated, terahertz, deformable, ultra-wideband, using metamaterials, or MEMS,  etc, and how they open the way to a wide range of applications, from personal security and communications to multifunction radars and towed sonars, or satellite navigation systems, with space-time diversity on transmit and receive. A reference book for designers  in this lively scientific community linking antenna experts and signal processing engineers.

  6. Antenna Systems for NUTS

    Marholm, Sigvald


    NTNU is aiming to build and launch a small student satellite compliant with thedouble CubeSat standard, by 2014. The NTNU Test Satellite (NUTS) will carrytwo radio tranceivers and a beacon transmitter, all located in the VHF and UHFamateur bands. The goal of this thesis was to build the whole antenna systems forthe spacecraft.Turnstile antennas were chosen both for UHF and VHF, since they yield thehighest received signal strength on ground throughout the whole pass of the satel-lite. In order...

  7. Square Planar Monopole Antenna

    Ammann, Max


    A planar monopole may be realised by replacing the wire element of a conventional monopole with a planar element. In this case, the planar element which is square, is located above a groundplane and fed using an SMA connector as illustrated. The square monopole has a simple geometry and a smaller bandwidth compared to the circular-disc monopole. However, it is still a broadband antenna with a typical impedance bandwidth of 75 % at S band. This broadband antenna shows a constant radiation patt...

  8. A century of antenna development

    Olver, A. D.

    The paper describes a century of antenna development as part of a century of radio communications. This historical review examines, chronologically, the pre-Hertz period, Hertz antennas, the microwave optics period, the Marconi era, short waves, theoretical design before and after computers, and radar. Consideration is also given to mobile antennas, microwave comunications, radio astronomy, and satellite comunications.

  9. China's Largest Radio Antenna System


    @@ After three-and-half-year efforts, the National Astronomical Observatories at CAS (NAOC) has constructed two arrays of radio antennae: a 50m antenna at Miyun Station in Beijing and a 40m antenna in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province.

  10. Design of Miniaturized Dual-Band Microstrip Antenna for WLAN Application.

    Yang, Jiachen; Wang, Huanling; Lv, Zhihan; Wang, Huihui


    Wireless local area network (WLAN) is a technology that combines computer network with wireless communication technology. The 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands in the Industrial Scientific Medical (ISM) band can be used in the WLAN environment. Because of the development of wireless communication technology and the use of the frequency bands without the need for authorization, the application of WLAN is becoming more and more extensive. As the key part of the WLAN system, the antenna must also be adapted to the development of WLAN communication technology. This paper designs two new dual-frequency microstrip antennas with the use of electromagnetic simulation software-High Frequency Structure Simulator (HFSS). The two antennas adopt ordinary FR4 material as a dielectric substrate, with the advantages of low cost and small size. The first antenna adopts microstrip line feeding, and the antenna radiation patch is composed of a folded T-shaped radiating dipole which reduces the antenna size, and two symmetrical rectangular patches located on both sides of the T-shaped radiating patch. The second antenna is a microstrip patch antenna fed by coaxial line, and the size of the antenna is diminished by opening a stepped groove on the two edges of the patch and a folded slot inside the patch. Simulation experiments prove that the two designed antennas have a higher gain and a favourable transmission characteristic in the working frequency range, which is in accordance with the requirements of WLAN communication. PMID:27355954