Flexible bow-tie antennas with reduced metallization

Ahmet C. Durgun, Mark S. Reese, Constantine Balanis, Craig R. Birtcher, David Allee, Sameer Venugopal

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This paper presents design, simulation, fabrication and measurement of a modified bow-tie antenna with reduced metallization. The antenna is mounted on a flexible substrate which is fabricated at the Flexible Display Center (FDC) of Arizona State University (ASU). The substrate is heat stabilized polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) which allows the antenna to be flexible. The antenna is fed by the aid of a microstrip-to-coplanar feed network balun. The reduction of the metallization is based on the observation that the majority of the current density is confined towards the edges of the regular bow-tie antenna. Hence, the centers of the triangular parts of the bow-tie antenna are removed. The radiation performance of the modified bow-tie is verified to be very close to the conventional bow-tie by simulations and measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2011 IEEE Radio and Wireless Week, RWW 2011 - 2011 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium, RWS 2011
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Mar 31 2011
Event2011 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium, RWS 2011 - Phoenix, AZ, United States
Duration: Jan 16 2011Jan 19 2011

Publication series

Name2011 IEEE Radio and Wireless Week, RWW 2011 - 2011 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium, RWS 2011


Other2011 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium, RWS 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhoenix, AZ


  • Bow-tie antenna
  • Broadband antenna
  • Flexible antenna
  • Heat stabilized PEN
  • Microstrip-to-coplanar feed network balun

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Communication


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