In order to meet the demand for miniaturization and excellent performances of antennas to send and receive the wireless signals, in this paper a novel Photonic Band Gap (PBG) structure of a two-dimensional square lattice array etched on one side of silicon wafer is proposed as the grounds of a microstrip patch antenna. An analysis of the performance of a patch antenna with a PBG ground has been carried out, then two rectangle MEMS microstrip antennas with a conventional and a PBG ground respectively, are designed, while the alternating direction implicit finite-difference time-domain (ADI-FDTD) is adopted to perform time simulations of Gaussian pulse propagation in the microstrip antennas, as a result of the versatile method, the frequency-dependent scattering parameters and input impedance could be derived. An important reduction of the surface waves in the PBG antenna has been observed in the simulations, which consequently leads to an improvement of the antenna efficiency and bandwidth. Subsequently, the MEMS PBG antenna is micromachined and measured, and the simulation characteristics are verified by the measured curves of the MEMS PBG antenna. The measured peak return loss of PBG patch antenna is -21dB at 5.36GHz, and the bandwidth of 8.5%, which is three times wider than that of the conventional patch, therefore the gain and the bandwidth are enhanced by means of PBG process.
For applying micro/nano technologies and Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) technologies in the Radio Frequency (RF) field to manufacture miniature microstrip antennas. A novel MEMS dual-band patch antenna designed using slot-loaded and short-circuited size-reduction techniques is presented in this paper. By controlling the short-plane width, the two resonant frequencies, f10 and f30, can be significantly reduced and the frequency ratio (f30/f10) is tunable in the range 1.7~2.3. The Haar-Wavelet-Based multiresolution time domain (H-MRTD) with compactly supported scaling function for a full three-dimensional (3-D) wave to Yee's staggered cell is used for modeling and analyzing the antenna for the first time. Associated with practical model, an uniaxial perfectly matched layer (UPML) absorbing boundary conditions was developed, In addition , extending the mathematical formulae to an inhomogenous media. Numerical simulation results are compared with those using the conventional 3-D finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method and measured. It has been demonstrated that, with this technique, space discretization with only a few cells per wavelength gives accurate results, leading to a reduction of both memory requirement and computation time.