Multimode Equivalent Networks for Shielded Microwave Circuits with Thick Metallizations

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
  • Volumen: 68
  • Número: 12
  • Fecha: 01 December 2020
  • Páginas: 5004-5013
  • ISSN: 15579670 00189480
  • Source Type: Journal
  • DOI: 10.1109/TMTT.2020.3016396
  • Document Type: Article
  • Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
© 1963-2012 IEEE.In this article, we show how the multimode equivalent network (MEN) technique can be extended to the analysis of multilayer boxed planar microwave circuits that are built using a thick metallization. This analysis is carried out considering the thick metallic circuit as a length of the uniform waveguide. The problem is then divided into two waveguide steps (or junctions). We first obtain the equivalent network of the two junctions. Then, we cascade them to obtain the MEN of the complete circuit, thereby including the effect of finite thickness rigorously. A key aspect of the formulation that we propose is that it includes ports in the transverse plane of the circuit. In addition to theory, several shielded microwave filters using a thick metallization are also analyzed. An in-depth study of the numerical convergence is also performed for two practical examples. Simulation results are shown to be in good agreement with both commercial simulation tools and measurements, thereby fully validating our theoretical formulation.

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