Ultra Broadband Dipole based Near Field Probe with Integrated Amplifier

Conference: EuCAP 2009 - 3rd European Conference on Antennas and Propagation
03/23/2009 - 03/27/2009 at Berlin, Germany

Proceedings: EuCAP 2009

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Hees, Alexander; Hasch, Jürgen (Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany)
Friese, Maurice (EADS Deutschland GmbH, Ulm, Germany)
Detlefsen, Jürgen (Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany)

An ultra broadband near field probe operating in the frequency range from 2GHz to 11GHz was developed. The high bandwidth of the active probe allows to measure the electrical near field of UWB antennas. Due to its small size of 7.6mm x 56mm the probe can be set up easily in a near field measurement system and has little effect on the electromagnetic field distribution of the antenna under test. To protect the probe, a Teflon housing was designed. The components on the PCB of the probe are shielded. So, there is reduced influence from external fields which can couple into the stripline based matching network. A broadband differential amplifier with a measured onwafer gain of about 15.5 dB in the frequency range of interest is used to transform the output voltage of the dipole into an unsymmetrical signal. The output port of the amplifier is matched to 50 Ohm by using striplines. Only one single RF cable connected to the mounted SMP plug is required to supply the amplifier with +5V DC and to carry the probe signal. In the frequency band from 2GHz to 9GHz, the reflection coefficient of the prototype is better than -8 dB and the conversion factor is nearly constant. The probe reaches a decoupling of the electrical field components of 10 dB at 2.5GHz increasing up to more than 20 dB at 10GHz. The measured common mode rejection of the dipole with its feeding lines is higher than 10 dB at 7GHz.