A Novel Wideband Antenna Array with Tightly Coupled Octagonal Ring Elements
A novel phased array antenna with wide bandwidth and wide scan angle is presented. The radiating aperture of the phased array consists of periodically and closely spaced octagonal ring elements. Tight capacitive coupling between adjacent elements is realized by interdigitating the end portions of the ring elements. To improve the impedance matching of the individual antenna elements over wide frequency band, a novel impedance matching layer consists of periodic octagonal ring element is subtly designed and placed over the radiating aperture. Both of the radiating elements and impedance matching layer are printed on a flexible membrane substrate with a thickness of 0.04mm.