A metasurface-enabled low-profile wearable antenna

Zhi Hao Jiang, Douglas H. Werner

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In this paper, we present the design, fabrication, and experimental validation of a low-profile and compact metasurface-based conformal wearable antenna operating in the medical body area network (MBAN) band. In particular, a metal backed finite-sized metasurface consisting of a two by two array of I-shaped resonators was employed to replace the conventional ground plane, which enables a low-profile and unidirectionally radiating antenna when it is integrated with a planar monopole placed on top. The resulting integrated conformal antenna is only 0.028 λ0 thick with a footprint of around 0.15 λ02, all while accomplishing a broadside gain higher than 6 dBi, a front-to-back ratio larger than 23 dB, and a VSWR < 2 bandwidth of around 5.5%. The antenna performance is well maintained with the presence of human body loading, making it highly useful for various wearable systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium(APSURSI)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781479935406
StatePublished - Sep 18 2014
Event2014 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2014 - Memphis, United States
Duration: Jul 6 2014Jul 11 2014

Publication series

NameIEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, AP-S International Symposium (Digest)
ISSN (Print)1522-3965


Other2014 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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