Future of Antenna Design Procedures and Characteristic Mode Analysis

#Antenna; #Mode #Analysis; #UWB #Antennas; #CMA #[Characteristic #TCM #[Theory #of #Characteristic #Modes]

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Microstrip antennas are in massive demand for several emerging applications such as biomedical devices, ultrawideband communication devices, radar applications, etc. Microstrip antennas are inherently narrowband and low gain antennas. Since their inception, various methods have been introduced to improve them. Most of the methods depend on the software that needs unlimited optimization runs, which increases the antenna design's computation cost. Theory of Characteristic Modes (TCM) is the powerful analysis technique that made antenna structure easy to understand and comprehend. As it gives physical insight into the antenna's structure, the analysis and design of the antenna may not need many optimization cycles. It was first introduced in the 1970s, but it was not till 2007 that this method hit the modern world again for planar antenna design. The reason behind the unmatched success of this method was the details it gives about the surface current behavior of the antenna in a user-friendly manner. Since then, CMA (Characteristic Mode Analysis) has been successfully applied to analyze planar structures and helps design and improve specific characteristics of antennas. Most of my research focused on designing and optimizing the UWB antennas using CMA. CMA can fully illustrate antenna structure with a finite number of resonant modes. Hence, it has the potential of simplifying complicated and tedious antenna design procedures.

This talk will focus on the following: (a) Can characteristic modes analysis define the future of antenna design procedures by helping to reduce the complexity of antenna design procedure? (b) the possibilities of producing the compact and efficient antenna design using characteristic modes. (c) how surface currents can be controlled to produce optimized antenna designs.

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  • Date: 26 Apr 2022
  • Time: 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM
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Dr. Mahrukh Khan, Ph.D. Dr. Mahrukh Khan, Ph.D. of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)


Future of Antenna Design Procedures and Characteristic Mode Analysis


Mahrukh Khan is working as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan, in 2007 and 2011. Dr. Khan received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri, USA, in 2017. Later, she worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Nano and Micro Electronics Lab at UMKC. In early 2020, She worked as an Assistant Research Professor in the Missouri Institute of Defense and Energy (MIDE).). She has published more than 20 articles and conference papers in renowned journals and peer-reviewed conferences in her field of research. Her research articles and conference papers have received more than 180+ citations in a short period. She has won an honorable mention in the International 2015 Altair FEKO student competition. She has also won the prestigious UMKC School of Graduate Studies (SGS) fellowship for her outstanding research. She got the UMKC Women Council Fellowship award in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, She also selected as the UMKC Outstanding Graduate Student award at the CSEE department. Recently Dr. Khan was selected as an IEEE APS Young Professional Ambassador. Dr. Khan is 1 of 12 members chosen from across the globe. She has served as a reviewer of top-notch peer-reviewed journals such as IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, IET Microwaves, Antennas, Propagation, etc. She is an active member of IEEE Young Professionals and IEEE Women in Engineering Societies.


Address:TCNJ - School of Engineering, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Ewing, United States


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