Ring array antenna with optimized beamformer for simultaneous transmit and receive
July 8, 2012
In order to avoid self-interference, Simultaneous Transmit And Receive (STAR) systems require low mutual coupling between their respective transmit and receive antennas. This paper discusses the development of an 8-element transmit ring array antenna on a circular ground plane with a raised receive element. When combined with a beamformer that supplies linear progressive phase shifts to the array with opposing elements phased 180-degrees apart, the receive and transmit antennas are measured to exhibit 55 dB of isolation and omni-directional patterns in the 2.4 to 2.5 GHz band.