Small Antenna Based on MEMS and Metamaterial Properties for Reconfigurable Applications

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In this paper, the authors present the design of a novel, small coplanar antenna using MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) and MeTaMaterial (MTM) properties. The antenna is designed using Co-Planar Waveguide (CPW) technology, presenting lower dielectric losses and higher signal integrity. The design method for this MEMS-MTM antenna, herein presented, is based on a Composite Right/Left Hand (CRLH) Transmission Line (TL) using a mixed approach; considering the circuit model and full-wave simulations. The fabrication process is based on high-resistivity silicon wafers.