Overview of ultrawideband systems

Tapan Kumar Sarkar, Eric L. Mokole, Magdalena Salazar Palma

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Conventionally, the design of antennas is narrowband and little attention is paid to the phase responses of the devices as functions of frequency. Even the use of the term broadband is misleading as one essentially takes a narrow band signal and sweeps it across the band of interest. In fact, it is not necessary to pay too much attention to the phase for narrowband signals, as the role played by the frequency factor is that of a scalar multiplier. However, if one now wants to use multiple frequencies and attempts to relate the data obtained at each frequency, then this frequency term can no longer be ignored. Depending on the application, this scale factor can actually have significant variations, which also depend on the size and the shape of the bandwidth over which the performance of the system is observed. In the time domain, the effect of this frequency term creates havoc as it provides a highly nonlinear operation and hence must be studied carefully. By broadband we mean temporal signals with good signal integrity. When it comes to waveform diversity, which implicitly assumes time-dependent phenomena, it is not possible to do any meaningful system design unless the effects of the antennas are taken into account. These effects will be illustrated in terms of the responses of the antennas and on the applicability of the current popular methodology of time reversal for the vector electromagnetic problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 18th International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications, ICEAA 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781467398114
StatePublished - Nov 2 2016
Event18th International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications, ICEAA 2016 - Cairns, Australia
Duration: Sep 19 2016Sep 23 2016


Other18th International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications, ICEAA 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Instrumentation


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