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Frontiers of Information Technology & Electronic Engineering >> 2020, Volume 21, Issue 3 doi: 10.1631/FITEE.1900581

A high-precision terahertz retrodirective antenna array with navigation signal at a different frequency

1. Beijing Key Laboratory of Millimeter Wave and Terahertz Technology, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
2. National Key Laboratory of Science and Technology on Space Microwave, China Academy of Space Technology, Xi’an 710100, China
3. School of Electronic Science and Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 611731, China

Available online: 2020-04-01

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Future communications will provide higher transmission rates and higher operating frequencies. In addition, agile beam tracking will be an inevitable trend in technology development. The terahertz retrodirective antenna array proposed and discussed in this paper can be a better solution for agile beam tracking. The array receives a 40-GHz navigation signal and accurately retransmits a 120-GHz beam in the direction of the arrival wave. Simulation results indicate that the proposed array with a stacked sandwich structure has realized the tracking of the received wave. The scanning radiation pattern shows that the array gain is 23.87 dB at 19.9° when the incident angle is 20° with a relative error of only 0.5%, meaning that there is a lateral error of only 8.7 m at a transmission distance of 5 km.

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