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A micromachined dual-band orthomode transducer

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  • Carlos A. Leal-Sevillano
  • Yingtao Tian
  • Michael J. Lancaster
  • Jorge A. Ruiz-Cruz
  • Jose R. Montejo-Garai
  • Jesus M. Rebollar
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2014
<mark>Journal</mark>IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Issue number1
Volume62
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)55-63
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date5/12/13
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

In this paper, an orthomode transducer (OMT) for dual-band operation and optimized for stacked micromachined layers implementation is presented. The proposed design avoids the use of septums, irises, pins, or small features and minimizes the number of equal-thickness micromachined layers required. In this way, the micromachining fabrication is simplified, making the proposed design a very attractive candidate for high frequency applications and for low-cost batch production. A W-band dual-band design (one different polarization in each frequency band) with more than 10% fractional bandwidth for each band and 30% separation between bands is presented. In addition, proper routing and layered bends are designed for an optimum standard interfacing with the same orientation of the input/output ports. Two OMTs in a back-to-back configuration are fabricated using a thick SU-8 photo-resist micromachining process. A total of six stacked SU-8 layers, all of them with the same thickness of 635 μm, are used. The experimental results are coherent with the tolerance and misalignment of the process, validating the proposed novel OMT design.