The first configuration is a flat dipole antenna in free space. Although EMAP5 is a FEM/MoM code, it can model configurations that require only one method to analyze. In this case, only the MoM portion of the code is employed.

The center-fed flat dipole in Figure 7 has a width of one millimeter and a length of 44 centimeters. It is fed by a 300-MHz voltage source with a magnitude of one volt. The input file for SIFT5 is as follows:

# example 1: a flat dipole antenna driven by a voltage source in the middle

unit 0.5 mm

conductor 0 0 2 880 2 2 10 1 1

vsource 440 0 2 440 2 2 300 x 1.0

output 0 0 2 840 2 2 y example1.out

The structure is divided into 268 triangles. The total number of unknown edges is 438.

wire dipole antenna
Figure 7. A flat dipole with a length of 44 cm and a width of 1 mm.

A flat dipole antenna can be treated as a cylindrical dipole antenna with an equivalent radius a=0.25w, where w is the width of the flat dipole antenna [1]. If a < L/100, where L is the length of the dipole, the input impedance of t he cylindrical dipole is given by [1]:

Equations for real and imaginary parts of the input impedance

where k is the wavenumber, a is the wire radius. Si(x) and Ci(x) are the sine and cosine integral functions, and C=0.5772 (Euler's constant). Figure 8 shows the current distribution along the flat dipole calculated by EMAP5 and the theoretical current distribution on an equivalent cylindrical dipole.

The output of EMAP5 is the surface electric current J along the flat dipole. The current at the source is given by:

I = Jf * w

where Jf is a complex number denoting the surface current across the source edge, and w is the width of the edge. In this example, two edges are used to model the source. Thus, the total current is the sum of currents across the two edges.

The input impedance of the dipole is given by:

Z sub in equals 1 volt over I

Figure 9 shows the input resistance, input reactance and impedance obtained by EMAP5 as the dipole length is adjusted from 38-53 cm, with a comparison of analytical results. Good agreement between EMAP5 and the theoretical results is achieved.

plot of the current distribution on the dipole
Figure 8. Current distribution along the dipole for the geometry shown in Figure 7.


plot of input impedance vs length of dipole
Figure 9. Input impedance of a flat dipole antenna with L=38~53 cm, width = 1 mm.


[1] Constantine A. Balanis, Antenna Theory Analysis and Design, 2nd Edition, New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1997.