Natural rubber is a material of interest in the scope of antenna design because of its multiple qualities in mechanical properties, electromagnetic characteristics and economic values. To demonstrate these advantages, here we prepose a wearable button antenna based on rubber for Wireless Body Area Networks (WBAN) applications. Given the distinct demands of directional properties for on-body and off-body channels, the proposed button antenna is equipped with two operation modes at two neighbouring frequencies in the 5 GHz Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) band. Specifically, through radiation superposition of magnetic currents, the proposed antenna is capable of simultaneously providing an end-fire pattern at 5.2 GHz and a broadside pattern at 5.6 GHz. A rubber-based prototype is fabricated and experimentally validated on a phantom, demonstrating the expected operation modes in the corresponding bandwidths for relevant body-centric communications.
|Title of host publication||17th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2023|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - 31 May 2023|
|Event||17th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2023 - Florence, Italy|
Duration: 26 Mar 2023 → 31 Mar 2023
|Name||17th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2023|
|Conference||17th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2023|
|Period||26/03/23 → 31/03/23|
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- broad-side radiation
- button antenna
- end-fire radiation