Characteristics of UWB antenna for portable devices.
UWB is a very promising technology for short-range wireless communications providing the opportunity of high data rate communications. In 2002, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) regulated the UWB technology utilization for commercial applications in the United States in the frequency range of 3.1–10.6 GHz . Other than the United States, UWB regulations have been issued in Europe, Japan, Korea and Singapore. These regulations did not stipulate the technology type to be used. Later, two distinct techniques were envisaged: the Multi-band Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (MB-OFDM) and the Impulse-UWB (I-UWB) . The MB-OFDM divides the UWB spectrum in 14 sub-bands, the utilization of the bands is managed for a code time-frequency exploiting the spatial-temporal diversity , while the I-UWB transmits pulses of very short duration that occupy the entire allowable frequency band . UWB has vast array of applications in wireless world. The dominant applications include WBAN, WPAN, RFIDs, sensor networks, radars, etc. The relevant IEEE standards for UWB are: 802.15.3a for high data rate and 802.15.4a for low data rate. Digital communication using Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) processing has emerged as a breakthrough for wireless systems of revolutionary importance. All wireless technologies face the challenges of signal fading, multipath, increasing interference and limited spectrum. MIMO technology exploits multipath to provide higher data throughput, and simultaneous increase in range and reliability all without consuming extra radio frequency. Early studies conducted by Foschini and Gans  indicated that capacity increases were possible by using MIMO systems. In a rich scattering environment, Telatar showed that the capacity of system consisting of transmitter and receiver antennas is times that of a single transmitter receiver system . MIMO systems exploit the antenna diversity (spatial, polarization or pattern diversity) to increase the strength of the transmitted signals and therefore to improve the Signal Noise Ration (SNR). Spatial multiplexing in MIMO systems helps in increasing data rate. Beamforming is used either to increase data rate or to strengthen the signal. The applications of MIMO include digital television (DTV), wireless local area networks (WLANs), metropolitan area networks (MANs), and mobile communications. IEEE standard related to MIMO technology is 802.11n.
Where one says that UWB is a classical solution to the demand of high data rate communications, there arise the questions while thinking of UWB and MIMO together in the wireless systems. Obviously, it can be answered in terms of the reasons rather motivations behind this combination of two technologies. In effect, it is well known that the main applications of UWB technology are found for WPAN and WBAN (Wireless body area network) in indoor environments where the dense multipath propagation leads to generally detrimental Inter Symbol Interference (ISI). Therefore, to turn this drawback into an advantage, multiple antennas or MIMO techniques can be employed to exploit such rich scattering environments. The more important is that the applications of UWB are limited to the short distance communication due to very low transmission power allowed by the FCC. Hence, using MIMO together with UWB helps in extending the communication range as well as offers higher link reliability. The benefits of UWB-MIMO can be summarized as following -: interference mitigation/suppression, higher data rates, improved link quality, extended coverage, reduced analog hardware requirements, and concurrent localization. Apart from these benefits, there are also challenges for the joint implementation of UWB and MIMO. These challenges include: UWB-MIMO signaling trade-offs, UWB-MIMO channel modeling, the optimization of UWB-MIMO modulation schemes, design of compact and suitable UWB antenna arrays, efficient and cost-effective UWB-MIMO RF circuit design, etc. Among these challenges, the design of compact and suitable UWB diversity antennas has appealed many researchers to work on this topic. The significance of antenna in a wireless communication system cannot be avoided. It also becomes a critical element to be miniaturized along with the other circuit elements. The design of antenna faces a lot of challenges itself in this race. As devices are going to be more compact, therefore the antennas must be positioned within the available space. Moreover, MIMO can be implemented by three ways: beamforming, spatial multiplexing and diversity techniques. Diversity techniques, more specifically antenna diversity techniques (i.e., spatial, polarization and pattern), are adopted for MIMO antenna designs. Hence, the implementation of multi-antenna structures becomes more challenging in the very limited space provided by the small terminals. The limitations to exploit the diversity arise when the antennas are placed in close vicinity. So, it is required to decorrelate their patterns, or in other words, mutual coupling should be minimized. Another challenge is the enhancement of isolation between the access ports of MIMO antennas. In the literature, a relative few MIMO antenna designs have been presented for UWB systems. In this context, this chapter presents an overview of MIMO UWB antennas with the main following objectives: to highlight the additional parameters required to characterize the performance of UWB antennas as well as MIMO antennas, to bring a state of the art in MIMO antennas for UWB systems, and to present a state of art in techniques to be used to reduce mutual coupling and enhance the isolation. This chapter also describes some of our proposed designs and structures of the different types of MIMO antennas for UWB applications exploiting spatial, polarization and pattern diversities, and a solution to enhance the isolation with reduced size of antenna.
2. Antenna theory
The antennas are an essential part of any wireless system. According to the IEEE Standard Definition of terms for Antennas, an antenna is defined as “a means for radiating and receiving radio waves” . In an advanced wireless system, an antenna is usually required to optimize or accentuate the radiation energy in some directions and suppress it in others at certain frequencies. A good design of the antenna can relax system requirements and improve overall system performance. To describe the performance of an antenna, there are several commonly used antenna parameters, including impedance bandwidth, radiation pattern, directivity, gain, efficiency, and polarization .
2.1. Specific parameters for UWB antennas
In UWB systems, the previous fundamental and classical parameters must be considered in designing antennas but there are more challenges to monitor them and some additional parameters.
Specific parameters to be required to characterize UWB antennas are now described.
where is the total phase shift in radians, and is the angular frequency in radians per unit time, equal to, where is the frequency. The group delay variations induced by the radiation pattern of the antenna will affect the overall receiver system performance, since it can bring relatively large timing errors. An antenna gain versus frequency without nulls, means a linear phase response, hence a constant group delay.
In summary for the applications of portable devices, general specifications required to design UWB antennas under the FCC regulations can be summarized in Table 1.
|VSWR bandwidth||3.1-10.6 GHz|
|Radiation efficiency||High ( "/> 70 % )|
|Gain||Smooth in the band of interest|
|Phase||Linear ; nearly constant group delay|
|Physical profile||Small, compact, planar|
2.2. Specific parameters for MIMO antennas
Like the case of UWB, there are also some additional parameters other than the fundamental parameters to be taken into account while designing MIMO antennas.
The port-to-port isolation is defined as the transmission of power between two of the input ports of the multiport antenna under test. It is characterized by parameter. It must be noted that isolation is a positive quantity and is given as
In MIMO systems, to maximize the energy radiated by an antenna, it should be ensured that negligible amount of transmitted energy is lost into the ports of other antennas terminated by the matched impedances. In other words, MIMO systems require the to be minimized to as low value as possible as isolation is directly related to the antenna efficiency. A lot of research has been done on the reduction of mutual coupling and the enhancement of the isolation. It is worth mentioning that the mutual coupling is characterized most of the times by the isolation in the literature. However, in , it is stated that isolation is not the exact representation of mutual coupling, as it is possible that there is very good isolation but it is not necessary for mutual coupling to be low in this case. Hence, to evaluate the mutual coupling, it is better to observe the surface current distributions on the non-excited radiating element, when nearby radiating element, is excited. Although the ports may be isolated, there is a possibility of having large induced currents in the neighboring antenna, which, in turn, affects the radiation pattern of the antenna considered. It is good to mention that we will take both mutual coupling and isolation into account differently unlike majority of the authors (Table 2) who have given parameter as mutual coupling. However, we will always present surface current distributions as well. Further, the techniques to reduce mutual coupling and to enhance the isolation are discussed in detail in section 3.
where and are the angular diversity functions of the incident power w4ith respect to and directions respectively, and are the gains with respect to and directions respectively, and XPR represents the cross-polarization power gain which is defined as
The MEG is a normalized measure of the received power, where the powers (either or) are normalized as 
and the gains are normalized in such a way that
In the case where the antenna is located in a totally random channel environment, the value of XPR is 1 and = = 1/. Then, MEG can be calculated using (3) as follows:
The MEG is then equal to the total antenna efficiency divided by two or -3 dB  and it is independent of the radiation patterns. In order to achieve good diversity gain, the ratio of the MEG between the two antennas should close to unity in order to ensure that average received power by each antenna is nearly equal .
where and represent the variances of and branches and can be written mathematically as
where and are complex electric fields in the directions and respectively for the antenna. Similar expressions are valid for antenna.
Usually, the envelope correlation is presented to evaluate the diversity capabilities of MIMO systems . This parameter is always real and by definition gives the correlation among the amplitudes of the signals at antennas. For Rayleigh fading channel, the envelope correlation can be given as follows:
It is clear that correlation should be preferably computed from 3D radiation patterns but it becomes tedious. However, assuming that the diversity system will operate in a uniform multipath environment, the correlation coefficient can be calculated from S-parameters using the following equation in 
It offers a simple procedure compared to the radiation pattern approach, but it should be emphasized that this equation is strictly valid when the following assumptions are fulfilled:
Antennas should have high efficiency and no mutual losses.
Antenna system is positioned in a uniform multipath environment which is not strictly the case in real environments; however, the evaluation of some prototypes in different real environments has already shown that there are no major differences in these cases.
Load termination of the non-measured antenna is. In reality, the radio front-end module does not always achieve this situation, but the evaluation procedure is commonly accepted.
All these limitations are clearly showing that in real systems the envelope correlation calculated based on of the help of the parameters is not the exact value, but nevertheless is a good approximation. In addition, it should be noted that antennas with an envelope correlation coefficient less than are recognized to provide significant diversity performance.
where indices “c” and “r” are used for the combined and the reference. In this context, DG can be defined as the difference between a combined CDF as compared to a reference CDF at a certain level of CDF . Depending on the reference CDF, it is possible to write three definitions for the diversity gain:
Apparent diversity gain - Difference between power levels in dB (at certain CDF level), between CDF of combined signal, and CDF of signal at the port with the strongest average signal levels.
Effective diversity gain - Difference between power levels in dB (at certain CDF level), between CDF of combined signal, and CDF of signal at the port of an ideal single antenna (corresponding to radiation efficiency of 100%), measured in the same environment.
Actual diversity gain - Difference between power levels in dB (at certain CDF level), between CDF combined signal, and CDF of signal at the port of an existing practical single antenna that is to be replaced by the diversity antenna under test, measured at the same location (for example, relative to a head phantom).
The DG is also related to the correlation coefficient. The relation between DG and correlation coefficient can be given approximately by
This relationship clearly shows that the lower the correlation coefficient the higher will be the diversity gain. Therefore, high isolation is required between the antennas otherwise the DG will be low. Further, whatever the combining method is being used, the maximum diversity gain is obtained when the correlation coefficient is zero. The measurements in different types of environments (urban, suburban, rural and motorways) have made possible to write empirical relationships  for each type of combination scheme. These formulae of diversity gain have been given as follows:
For Selecting Combining scheme,
For Equal Gain Combining method,
And for Maximal Ratio Combining method,
Thus, in ideal conditions (;), MRC (Maximum Ratio Combining) scheme gives the best diversity gain, i.e., 7.41 dB.
For instance, TARC for a lossless N-port antenna can be described as
where, is the incident signal vector with randomly phased elements and is the reflected signal vector.
Furthermore, for 2×2 network, the scattering matrix can be written as
It can be assumed that the reflected signal will be randomly phased with independent and identical distributed Gaussian random variables because MIMO channels are assumed as Gaussian and multipath spread in the propagation channel. Since sum or difference of independent Gaussian random variables is Gaussian, reflected signals are characterized as
Therefore, TARC for two-port antenna can be described as follows :
The TARC of MIMO antenna is calculated by applying different combinations of excitation signals to each port. There is no need to define the TARC as a complex number since the phase reference plane does not have any physical meaning for a multiport antenna. The TARC is a real number between zero and one. When the value of the TARC is equal to zero, all the delivered power is radiated and when it is equal to one, all the power is either reflected back or goes to the other ports.
2.3. Summary on UWB MIMO antenna characteristics
In context of UWB where the whole band approved by FCC is required to be covered in one shot, the design of antenna becomes challenging enough. The characteristics of the antennas are required to be stable for the wide frequency band. Moreover, time domain measurements like dispersion and group delay become significant in addition to conventional frequency domain characteristics. Furthermore, the development of future UWB-MIMO communication systems brings more challenges for the antenna design. MIMO antennas are required to be characterized for mutual coupling, correlation and diversity gain. However, a detailed study on characterization of MIMO antennas for UWB is among the current hot topics of research. Also, the design of UWB-MIMO antenna system is always confronted with the same constraints like cost, size, ease of fabrication and integration with other circuits as in the case of single antenna design. Having the specific parameters used essentially for the analysis of UWB and MIMO antennas, the current research orientations with a state of the art are now detailed.
3. Techniques to reduce mutual coupling and to enhance isolation
Theoretical work has proved that mutual coupling has a significant effect on MIMO channel capacity in rich scattering environments. The degree to which coupling induced correlation degrades MIMO channel capacity depends on the multipath's angular power spectral density. Another problem resulting from an increase in mutual coupling is the subsequent decrease of the array's radiation efficiency due to impedance mismatch. Hence, the reduction of mutual coupling becomes very important. Similarly, poor isolation also degrades the array's radiation efficiency due to the leakage of transmitted power from the excited antenna to the port of non-excited antenna. Therefore, the need of good isolation is imperative. The different techniques for this purpose are presented in the literature. Most of these techniques are vital only for narrowband MIMO systems however some of them are presented for UWB-MIMO systems. These techniques are discussed in the sub-sections as follows, and some examples illustrate them. A summarized state of art corresponding to the presented MIMO-UWB antennas is presented in Table 2 detailing the used method, the reference, the antenna layout and the analyzed parameters.
3.1. Using Decoupling and Matching Networks (DMN)Narrowband MIMO systems-The achievement of low mutual coupling and good isolation using decoupling and matching networks is well explained by S. Dossche et al. in . As earlier described in previous section, the envelope correlation can be calculated from the far-field radiation patterns as well as from the scattering parameters of the antenna system, assuming uniform propagation channel. The envelope correlation can be written as in (13) for a reciprocal and symmetrical antenna system:
From above equation, it is clear that by changing the magnitude and phase of either or, the correlation between the two antennas can be decreased. In practice, this can be achieved by using a matching network for connecting the antennas. From the system point of view, it is also important to consider the value of that takes into account the effective radiated power by the antenna system, and it is maximized by minimizing and. Thus, two matching networks can be used at both sides to minimize and while a decoupling network can be used to make in quadrature with i.e., is pure imaginary and thus the real part of mutual impedance is equal to zero. This can be achieved by using a lossless decoupling network.
Also, Weber et al. have used passive DMNs and studied them in detail . In this context, the method for derivation of the admittance matrices of the DMN is explained. An important feature of this method is the formation of predefined orthogonal system port patterns. The admittance matrix can be converted to an actual circuit layout of the DMN in terms of capacitors and inductors. Recently, in , hybrid circuit is used as decorrelation circuit. This circuit provides a straightforward, frequency-independent, and feasible solution if the elements are symmetrically placed. This hybrid circuit introduces a 180° phase shift between the signals from the two antenna branches. A little variant of this technique can be observed in  where several parasitic elements have been employed between the radiating elements to reduce the isolation. The reduction is dependent on the length and number of the parasitic elements. At least 10 dB improvement, in isolation is noticed.
3.2. Using Electromagnetic Band Gap (EBG) structures
As noted by Sievenpiper , an electromagnetic band gap (EBG) structure behaves as a high impedance surface. This structure consists of an array of metal protrusions on a flat metal sheet. They can be visualized as mushrooms or thumbtacks protruding from the surface. If the protrusions are small compared to the wavelength, their electromagnetic properties can be described using lumped circuit elements – capacitors and inductors. The proximity of the neighboring metal elements provides the capacitance, and the long conducting path linking them together provides the inductance. They behave as parallel resonant LC circuits, which act as electric filters to block the flow of currents along the sheet. This is the origin of the high electromagnetic surface impedance. Because of its unusual impedance, the surface wave modes on this structure are very different from those on a smooth metal sheet. In this way, EBG structures have the ability of suppressing surface waves propagation in a frequency band which makes them very useful to improve the ports isolation in printed antennas.
3.3. Using neutralizing line
3.4. Using Defected Ground Structure (DGS)
The researchers have found that the defected ground structure (DGS) is also able to provide a bandstop effect due to the combination of inductance and capacitance . The defects on the ground plane store a fraction of propagating energy and that can be modeled in terms of a simple equivalent reactive circuit as was explained in detail in . DGS has been applied to antenna designs to suppress harmonics, cross polarization of a patch antenna, and to increase the isolation between antennas.
Narrowband MIMO Systems - In , a defected ground structure (DGS) consisting of concentric circular rings in different configurations is presented and its stop band characteristics are examined. Later, this DGS is being employed to reduce mutual coupling between two cylindrical dielectric resonator antennas. About 5 dB suppression has been obtained near the operating frequency around 3.3 GHz. Other variants of this technique could be embedding of slits  or meander lines  in the ground plane. In , the ground plane structure consisting of five pairs of slits etched into the middle of a ground plane of two closely packed planar inverted-F antennas is proposed. These slits are interleaved with metal strips and these strips could be thought of as capacitors. At the same time, some inductance is introduced along the central small connecting strip. Therefore, the structure behaves as a bandstop filter based on a parallel resonator. As a result, such a pattern etched onto the ground plane effectively suppresses mutual coupling. A significant improvement up to 20 dB in isolation is observed in the case of monopole antennas. In , it has been demonstrated that meander line embedded ground plane provides better isolation as compared with slitted ground plane. Recently, a combination of two techniques, i.e., DGS and EBG, is presented in . A slitted pattern is etched on the ground plane and three mushroom photonic band gap (PBG) are etched on each wall. Using two techniques together, isolation between the ports of closely-packed antenna elements is increased by 30 dB.
3.5. Using spatial and angular variations
3.6. Inserting stubs
3.7. Using heterogeneous elements
UWB-MIMO Systems- In , a vector antenna system has been presented. This vector antenna system comprises a center-fed loop antenna and two orthogonal bow-tie antennas in the plane of the loop. This antenna system has large form factor and operates in the frequency range of 3.6-8.5 GHz. The isolation between the antennas is more than 15 dB and reduced mutual coupling is obtained exploiting the advantage of orthogonal components of electric field. The capability of antenna system for UWB operations is authenticated by time domain measurements. It is shown that the vector antenna can provide nearly the same capacity as a traditional spatial array.
4. Somecontributions towards UWB-MIMO antennas
A lot of UWB antennas and MIMO antennas have already been presented in the literature. But few publications have been presented on the design and characterization of MIMO antennas for UWB applications as presented in the previous section. This section deals solely with our contributions towards UWB-MIMO antennas. It presents the defined objectives and consequently the followed approaches to achieve these goals. The designs and structures of the proposed different types of MIMO antennas for UWB applications exploiting spatial, polarization and pattern diversities are described. The analysis and evaluation of performance of these proposed designs are provides taking the special parameters into account which are necessary to characterize UWB-MIMO antennas. Finally, a solution to enhance isolation with reduced size antenna is presented.
The objective is to design a UWB-MIMO antenna that covers the entire range of frequency approved by the FCC for UWB systems (i.e., 3.1-10.6 GHz) with minimum mutual coupling between the constituent antenna elements, thus attaining good diversity performance. The detailed specifications for the desired MIMO antenna for UWB applications are given in Table 3. To achieve the goal, two types of MIMO antennas are envisaged, i.e., homogeneous and heterogeneous MIMO antennas and are being designed. In wireless communications, the antennas are expected to be embeddable or easy to be integrated into wireless devices in system design; therefore the antennas directly printed onto a PCB/substrate are the most promising designs. Such antennas are usually constructed by etching the radiators onto the dielectric substrate of PCB slabs and a ground plane around the radiators. Taking this major argument into account, printed and planar monopoles have been selected as the constituent radiating elements for UWB-MIMO antennas.
4.2. Presentation of proposed designs
Different types of MIMO antenna systems have been proposed for UWB applications. These antennas are categorized in two groups: homogeneous UWB-MIMO antennas and heterogeneous UWB-MIMO antennas. The term “homogeneous” refers to the fact that the identical radiating elements constitute MIMO antenna and the term “heterogeneous” is used to indicate that the constituent elements are not identical. A lot of UWB antennas have been presented in the literature. Among these antennas, printed and planar monopoles are very attractive for their efficient UWB attributes. Therefore, we have also selected printed monopoles to develop UWB-MIMO antennas.
Among the proposed and studied antennas, three homogeneous 2-elements UWB-MIMO antennas are designed using identical circular disc monopoles (system-1 and system-2) and identical stepped rectangular monopoles (system-3) and one heterogeneous 2-element UWB-MIMO antenna (system-4) is designed using stepped rectangular and circular ring monopole. The geometries of these antennas are shown in Figure 1.
All the antennas are fabricated on the FR4 substrate of dielectric permittivity of, dielectric loss tangent of and thickness of. The constituent printed UWB antennas i.e. stepped rectangular, circular disc and circular ring monopoles have already been presented in ,  and  respectively. The selection of these antennas to design MIMO antennas can be justified by their good performance, size and ease of integration. However, these antennas have been redesigned to adapt the changes in substrate and thereafter optimized to reduce their dimensions as compared with those presented. It is found that partial ground plane and feed gap play vital role in matching the impedance thus increase the BW if optimally sized. The radiating elements are fed by microstrip lines.
First of all, system-1 comprising two identical circular disc monopoles is designed as shown in Fig. 1a. The radiating elements have common ground plane of length of and width of. The dimensions of the system-1 are:, , , and; where is the free space wavelength corresponding to the lower edge frequency. System-1 is designed on the basis of using spatial diversity. The radiating elements are separated by such a value of distance that mutual coupling becomes less than. On the other hand, system-2 and system-3 exploit spatial and polarization diversities by placing the radiating elements orthogonally separated by some distance as shown in Fig. 1b and Fig. 1c respectively. The optimized dimensions of system-2 are:, , and. Similarly, the optimized dimensions of system-3 are:, and. System-4 is developed to exploit the spatial and pattern diversity therefore it consists of different radiating elements. The dimensions of system-4 after optimization are:, ,. Both radiating elements have their own ground planes unlike system-1. It is worth mentioning that CST Microwave Studio is being used for designing and simulating the antennas. Figure 3 illustrates the UWB-MIMO performance of system-1. Figure 3a shows the simulated reflection coefficients of the left and the right monopoles of system-1. As illustrated in figure, the bandwidth ranges less than 3.1 GHz to more than 10.6 GHz that confirms the UWB characteristics. Through simulations as well as from geometrical point of view, it is clear that symmetry exists for the antenna elements, i.e. is the same as. The radiation patterns (Figure 3c) are nearly omnidirectional at lower frequencies in H-plane. The pattern also follows donut shape at lower frequencies in E-plane, but it becomes more directional at higher frequencies. The transition of the radiation patterns from a simple donut pattern at the first resonance to the complicated patterns at higher resonances indicates that this antenna must have gone through some major changes in its behavior. The maximum absolute gain values and the total efficiency of the left and right monopoles are presented in Figure 3d and Figure 3e respectively. It can be recalled that the total efficiency of an antenna takes into account all the losses in the antenna such as reflections due to mismatch between transmission lines and the antenna, conduction and dielectric losses. From the plots, it can be noticed that gains as well as efficiencies of both elements are the same and it again confirms that the symmetry holds in system-1. The variation of the gain values along the wide range of frequencies is found to be less than 3.5 dBi for both radiating elements. The total efficiency is always more than 75% and the variation is less than 15% throughout the bandwidth of interest. The radiating elements are also characterized for their time domain performance to confirm their capability for UWB operations. The fifth derivative of Gaussian pulse is used to excite the antenna elements as this covers the FCC’s defined UWB spectrum efficiently. The width of the pulse to excite the radiating elements is where the pulse width is measured at 50% of the maximum amplitude.
The time domain impulse response is determined by placing the probes in the far-field zone. Figure 3f shows the impulse response for both elements. It can be seen that the pulse of 0.32 ns wide is received. Figure 3g shows the group delay for both monopoles. A face-to-face arrangement with 500 mm distance between them is made to determine the group delay. The group delay is nearly within 2.2 ns throughout the whole of the required pass band. To attain better diversity performance it is important to keep mutual coupling between radiating elements as minimum as possible. The distance of 43.5 mm for system-1 is being selected on the basis of an optimization. Figure 3b shows the curves of and. There exists the reciprocity, so and are equal. Isolation is less than – 10 dB. Figure 3h presents the surface current distributions when the left monopole of system-1 is excited while the right monopole is terminated with the matched impedance. It can be observed that very low amount of current is coupled to the right monopole at first resonance and second resonance, and it is justified by the value of at these frequencies. However, other two resonances have not also good isolations and current is coupled to some extent. Because of the symmetry of system-1, it is not required to show the current distributions when the right monopole is excited. To evaluate diversity performance into detail, the correlation coefficient is calculated from S-parameters as well as from 3D pattern (figure 3i). Finally TARC is calculated and shown in Figure 3j. It meets the requirement giving the values less than – 10 dB.
It can be noticed that the system-1 is not capable of meeting the specifications defined in Table 3 for group delay as well as isolation. The other solutions, presented previously, have been envisaged both this reason but also in order to improve the compactness. System-2 exploits spatial diversity as well as polarization diversity. The orthogonal configuration results in decorrelating the radiating elements: radiation pattern and isolation are improved while dispersion is mitigated. System-2 using orthogonal topology shows better results as it exploits the polarization diversity, however physical constraint lies regarding the antenna feeding. With comparable characteristics, system-3 constituted by two identical stepped patch monopoles presents a more compact size. System-4 is designed by integrating two non-similar radiating elements, i.e., stepped patch and circular ring monopole. The exploitation of pattern diversity eliminates the need to print the radiating elements orthogonally. Circular ring monopole nearly behaves the same as circular disc because the current distribution in the center of disc is negligible. The performance of these three solutions is presented with more details in ,  and . So far, the combinations of diversities to reduce the mutual coupling or to improve the isolation have been exploited. The antennas can be reduced in size if some special technique is used to overcome the problems of coupling and isolation between the radiating elements. From system-1, a novel UWB-MIMO antenna (called system-5) has been designed with enough compact dimensions taking advantage of a stub which is inserted on the ground plane. The design of stub, a sort of inverted-Y shape, is initiated from the idea of microstrip LC filters. The introduced stub behaves like a stopband LC filter; therefore it suppresses efficiently the currents from the excited port to the inactive port. The best position of the stub is found to be the middle of the ground plane. The performance has been evaluated numerically and experimentally . Figure 4 displays the measured and simulated reflection coeffcients for the antennas with stub and without stub. It is noticed that the measured results
Taking a little overview of UWB and MIMO, it makes easier to understand the idea of implementing MIMO technique in UWB communications systems. As per FCC rules, extremely low power is being allowed to be transmitted, i.e. – 41.3 dBm/MHz, and it impedes the development of UWB communication systems with higher data rates or covering longer distances. To overcome this bottleneck, MIMO technique has been considered to be one of the solutions that will improve the reliability and the capacity of UWB systems. However, a number of challenges arise to shape this solution physically. In this chapter, we took the challenges into account related to antennas as their properties play a key role in determining MIMO system performance. Table 4 summarizes the presented UWB-MIMO antennas and compares the performance.
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