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Coplanar metamaterial micro-resonator.


Micro-resonators are microwave narrow band components that use capacitor-inductor coupling to perform the filtering function. The miniaturization of such circuits is important, but it is more important that they are easily integrated in other circuits. For this reason, coplanar structures are often preferred, but many structures described in the literature are based on microstrip lines. These structures generally have to be extended to obtain sufficient inductive effect while some other planar structures, e.g., [1, 2], require the insertion of a magnetic layer for right operation.

Falcone et al. [3] studied a microwave resonator with planar Split Ring Resonator (SRR). They have proposed wider slots to place the SRR. The size of this micro-resonator is 4.5 cm * 1.8 cm which allows it to function around 7 GHz. The calculation of the resonant frequency of the SRR was determined by Pendry et al. [4]. To achieve this micro resonator to operate in a lower band, between 1 and 2 GHz, it is not enough to reduce the width of the metallization strip forming the SRR, but one needs to increase the diameter of the SRR. The total size of the micro resonator becomes huge compared to the constraints of microelectronics. This is the main disadvantage of this structure for low frequency band.

In this paper, we propose to build a more compact coplanar micro resonator with spiral particles, in place of SRR, to create an artificial material [5]. These particles can be conveniently coupled with a coplanar line to create a stop band filter. Manufacturing is easier than the above mentioned magnetic left handed resonators.


The challenge for the proper functioning of coplanar micro-resonator [3] is to find a good place to put the resonant particles. In coplanar structures, the particles must be inserted in the slots where the electric field is high. Simultaneously, the access line at each port must be adapted. This requires large line and slots compared to the expected miniaturized circuit.

To resolve this problem, we use the tapered lines structure of Falcone et al. [3] and replace the SRR by more compact rectangular spirals (Figure 1) that were studied earlier by [5]. The surface area of these spirals is much smaller than that of the SRR at the same operating frequency, about 10 times. The size reduction is the main objective and the innovation of this study.

The first part of the work is to show the resonance of the proposed structure that can be used in filtering applications around 2 GHz. Then we improve this structure and manufacture it using 2 or 4 spiral particles.

The materials and geometric dimensions of the multi-turn spiral (Figure 1) were determined from a study presented earlier by Nemer et al. [5], for an operating frequency in the band [1-2 GHz] (Table 1). Two coplanar waveguides, with and without ground plane [6, 7], are studied (Figure 2). A large slot [G.sub.L] (1300 [micro]m) is necessary to insert the spirals particles, and the width of the transmission line [W.sub.l] is optimized to obtain a good impedance matching. The metal layer is 6.5 [micro]m thick for technical reasons (deposition process) and greater than the skin depth at the working frequency.



The difference between a coplanar waveguide with ground plane (CPWG) and a traditional one (CPW) is the mapping of the electromagnetic fields with two major consequences:

* An interaction with the spiral particles that differs for each structure. This will be discussed later.

* A different set of line dimensions to obtain a good impedance matching. These dimensions can be calculated from the equation of Wheeler and Owens that can be found in several references such as [8].

The width of the central line of the component ([W.sub.l]) is set to 635 [micro]m, and the corresponding slot width ([G.sub.l]) must be set to 245 [micro]m for CPW and to 1300 am for CPWG to reach 50 ohms characteristic impedance. On the other hand, a large slot width ([G.sub.L]) of about 2200 [micro]m is needed to place each particle (Figure 3(a)), which means that there is an impedance mismatch between the access port ([G.sub.l] slot width) of the component and the resonant part ([G.sub.L] slot width). The mismatch is stronger for CPW than for CPWG. The impedance matching becomes more complex with the presence of the particles.



A numerical study of the structures is performed using a finite element 3D electromagnetic simulator. As an example, the magnetic field has sufficient values in the whole slot to ensure an electromagnetic coupling between the transmission line and the spiral particles (Figure 4).

The transmission magnitudes (frequency sweep) of CPW and CPWG without particles are shown in Figure 5(a). CPWG presents low insertion losses (|[S.sub.12]| < 0.1 dB) in the working band while those of CPW are higher because of impedance mismatch.

With two particles on both sides of the line, the simulations confirm the presence of a narrow stop band at 1.39 GHz (Figure 5(b)) for CPWG and CPW. This result is indicative of comparable coupling levels between spiral particles and CPWG or CPW. CPWG structure shows low insertion losses out of the resonance band and peak depth of about 8dB. CPW structure shows higher insertion losses but, above all, a higher resonance peak as high as 13.4dB that results from a better coupling with the particles. This better resonance leads us to keep the CPW structure despite the insertion losses.

The performance can still be improved by duplicating structure along the propagation line with four particles. Then the peak depth reaches 19 dB (Figure 5(c)).




To validate our study, we present experimental results of the CPW micro resonator structure. The materials used in the micro-resonator are an alumina substrate ([[epsilon].sub.r] = 9.8, thickness = 635 [micro]m) and a copper metallic layer ([rho] = 17 * [10.sup.-9] [OMEGA] * m, thickness = 6 [micro]m). Two different prototypes are realized and measured, a CPW line with 2 spiral particles (Figure 6(a)) and 4 spiral particles (Figure 6(b)), in order to increase the rejection magnitude. The transmission characteristic of the micro-resonators is measured using a vector network analyzer (VNA) associated with a coplanar probe station.


The measurements show the resonance phenomenon near 1.4 GHz, and a very good agreement is observed between simulated and experimental results (Figure 6). A small frequency shift ([[DELTA].sub.f] [approximately equal to] 2.7%) can be noticed between the measured resonant frequency (Figure 5(d)) and simulated one (Figure (6)). The peak depths are high. We obtained peak depths of 14.25 dB for two particles and 19.40 dB for four particles. Insertion losses slightly increase from 0.47dB to 1.30dB, respectively, at 1.6 GHz, above the resonance. The 3dB bandwidth is about 120 MHz in the case of 4 particles, and the quality factor is about 85 (Eq. (1))


The structure with four particles shows secondary resonances (near 0.8 GHz). These effects are due to the increased length of the mismatched line. This length was however necessary to insert the four particles.

The experimental results show that our proposed micro resonator has a mean quality factor Q = 85 and a resonance peak over 19dB. This is a good result since the size of the device is really compact. Thus, this micro resonator (CPW) with spiral particles is much better than that with SRR particles [3] according to those criterions. The dimensions of the equivalent SRR structure would be 15 times greater to operate in the same frequency band.


A coplanar micro resonator has been designed and realized. The device is based on the Falcone's structure [3], by replacing wide SRR with compact rectangular spiral particles. The most interesting advantages of the proposed micro resonator are its small dimensions (10 mm * 28 mm * 0.639 mm) for operation in the band of 1 to 2 GHz. The numeric and experimental studies have demonstrated efficient rejection (-19 dB) in the rejection band, low insertion losses (< 1.30 dB) in the pass band, and very sharp cutoff. In conclusion, this device and its characteristics are very interesting, considering that the structure is fully compatible with low cost industrial processes (simple manufacturing, one print).

These results allow us to draw some perspectives. This study can be the baseline for studying other micro resonators operating at other frequencies (especially between 1 & 10 GHz).

Received 28 June 2011, Accepted 12 August 2011, Scheduled 17 August 2011


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* Corresponding author: Salim Nemer (

S. Nemer (1,2),*, B. Sauviac (1), B. Bayard (1), J. J. Rousseau (1), C. Nader (2), J. Bechara (2), and A. Khoury (2)

(1) Laboratoire LT2C-Universite Jean Monnet de Saint-Etienne, France

(2) Laboratoire LPA-Universite Libanaise, Liban
Table 1. Materials characteristic and geometric
dimensions of the multi-turn spiral.

                     Substrate (alumina 98%)

height         [[epsilon].sub.r]   [[mu].sub.r]
635 [micro]m          9.8               1


height              CPW           CPWG
635 [micro]m   245 [micro]m   1300 [micro]m

                     Conductor (copper)

[rho] ([OMEGA] * m)       t      [W.sub.r]   [W.sub.l]       S

17 * [10.sup.-9]         6.5         200         635        200
                      [micro]m    [micro]m    [micro]m   [micro]m

[rho] ([OMEGA] * m)   [L.sub.1]   [L.sub.2]   [L.sub.3]       G

                     Conductor (copper)

17 * [10.sup.-9]        6500         600        8000         200
                      [micro]m    [micro]m    [micro]m    [micro]m

[rho] ([OMEGA] * m)   [G.sub.L]

                     Conductor (copper)

17 * [10.sup.-9]         2200
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Author:Nemer, S.; Sauviac, B.; Bayard, B.; Rousseau, J.J.; Nader, C.; Bechara, J.; Khoury, A.
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