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YANG Jun, YIN Mingjun, GAO Haoyu, YIN Zhiping, YE Yang, DENG Guangsheng, LU Hongbo. Design and Fabrication of Reflective Phase Shifter for Two-Dimensional Terahertz Beam-Scanning Reflectarray[J]. Chinese Journal of Electronics, 2022, 31(3): 581-588. doi: 10.1049/cje.2021.00.201
Citation: YANG Jun, YIN Mingjun, GAO Haoyu, YIN Zhiping, YE Yang, DENG Guangsheng, LU Hongbo. Design and Fabrication of Reflective Phase Shifter for Two-Dimensional Terahertz Beam-Scanning Reflectarray[J]. Chinese Journal of Electronics, 2022, 31(3): 581-588. doi: 10.1049/cje.2021.00.201

Design and Fabrication of Reflective Phase Shifter for Two-Dimensional Terahertz Beam-Scanning Reflectarray

doi: 10.1049/cje.2021.00.201
Funds:  This work was supported by the Opening Project of Guangxi Key Laboratory of Wireless Wideband Communication and Signal Processing (GXKL06200207) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (61871171).
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  • Author Bio:

    received the Ph.D. degree in optoelectronic technology from University of Science and Technology of China in 2005. He is currently an Associate Researcher with Academy of Opto-electric Technology, Hefei University of Technology, China. His research interests include THz devices and metamaterials. (Email: junyang@hfut.edu.cn)

    received the B.S. degree from Hefei University of Technology, in 2019. He is currently pursuing the master’s degree with the School of Electronic Science and Applied Physics, Hefei University of Technology, China. His current research interests include liquid crystal based phased array antenna. (Email: 17730019740@163.com)

    received the B.S. degree from Anhui Polytechnic University, in 2019. He is currently pursuing the master’s degree with the School of Electronic Science and Applied Physics, Hefei University of Technology, China. His current research interests include microwave circuits and microwave devices. (Email: gaohaoyu5611@163.com)

    received the Ph.D. degree in electromagnetic field and microwave technology from the University of Science and Technology of China, China, in 2008. He is now a Professor of the Academy of Opto-electric Technology, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China. His current research interests include microwave and terahertz device, phased-array antenna and microwave imaging radar. (Email: zpyin@hfut.edu.cn)

    (corresponding author) received the M.S. degree from University of Science and Technology of China, China, in 2006. He is currently a Senior Engineer in Space Star Technology Co., Ltd. His research interests include applications of Terahertz Technology. (Email: yey@hthjsj.com)

    received the Ph.D. degree from Hefei University of Technology, in 2014. He is currently an Associate Professor with Academy of Opto-electric Technology, Hefei University of Technology, China. His current research interests include THz and optical metamaterials. (Email: dgsh@hfut.edu.cn)

    received the Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China, China, in 2006. He is currently a Professor with Academy of Opto-electric Technology, Hefei University of Technology, China. His research interests include liquid crystal material and device. (Email: bozhilu@hfut.edu.cn)

  • Received Date: 2021-06-04
  • Accepted Date: 2021-12-24
  • Available Online: 2022-02-17
  • Publish Date: 2022-05-05
  • A reflective phase shifter is proposed to realize the two-dimensional beam-scanning reflectarray. The reflectarray is composed of double-dipole resonant elements in which the phase shift is implemented by applying a driving voltage to the liquid crystal (LC). A 30 × 30 phase shifter sample is fabricated on a quartz substrate with a 480 μ m thickness and a 4 cm × 4 cm area. According to the experimental results, 0 to 360° phase shift can be achieved within the bandwidth of 5 GHz. In order to accomplish two-dimensional beam-scanning and reduce the negative impact of driving lines on the reflectarray, a new LC driving method is developed. To verify the accuracy of the proposed approach, three samples of different driving line numbers are designed using the above-mentioned phase shifter, which all have achieved a 0−360° phase shift in the bandwidth of 4 GHz. Considering the influence of LC anisotropy and inhomogeneity, an improved calculation result is obtained and compared with experimental data.
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