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Microstrip Device for Broadband (15–65 GHz) Measurement of Dielectric Properties of Nematic Liquid Crystals

Deo, Prafulla and Mirshekar-Syahkal, Dariush and Seddon, Lawrence and Day, Sally E and Fernandez, F Anibal (2015) 'Microstrip Device for Broadband (15–65 GHz) Measurement of Dielectric Properties of Nematic Liquid Crystals.' IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 63 (4). pp. 1388-1398. ISSN 0018-9480

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The essential dielectric properties, the basic alignment techniques, and the common measurement methods of the nematic liquid crystal (LC) at RF are briefly reviewed. A new device for the broadband measurement of the dielectric constants and loss tangents of nematic LCs at microwave and millimeter-wave frequencies is presented. This device whose specification and fabrication are outlined is essentially a two dielectric layer microstrip structure with coplanar-waveguide terminals, which is easy to fabricate. Compared to previous structures, the proposed device is extremely broadband with 15-65-GHz bandwidth, benefits from a solid exposed ground plane for easy temperature test, and operates under bias voltage. The technique for the extraction of the dielectric parameters of the nematic LC analyzed by this device is explained and the sources imposing the frequency limits on the device performance are identified. Two different nematic LCs, MDA-00-3506 and GT3-23001, are characterized and the results are shown to compare well with those available in the literature. In the comparisons, the maximum difference found for the dielectric constants for MDA-00-3506 is 5% and for GT3-23001 is 5.3%.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dielectric measurement; liquid crystals (LCs); microstrip lines; millimeter-wave tunable devices
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2015 17:00
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2022 18:32

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