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Lens-based Ka-band antenna system using planar feed

Silva, J. S. ; Garcia-Vigueras, M. G.-V. ; Mosig, JM ; Esquius-Morote, M. E.-M. ; Costa, J.R. ; Fernandes, C. A.

Lens-based Ka-band antenna system using planar feed, Proc European Conf. on Antennas & Propagation - EUCAP, Lisbon, Portugal, Vol. -, pp. - - -, April, 2015.

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Abstract
This paper presents a simple, low-cost and compact mobile ground terminal antenna for Ka-band satellite communications that operates in the downlink band (19.7-20.2 GHz). The antenna is composed by a shaped dielectric lens which tilts in front of a planar feed to direct the beam. The planar feed is a circularly polarized patch antenna placed inside a cavity. The lens allows a mechanical beam steering from 0° to 57° in relation to zenith with a scan loss of 4.5 dB. In order to show the potential of a planar antenna as a feeder for this application, the proposed system is compared with a previous solution composed by the same dielectric lens and a horn antenna as feeder.