Elevated Ferrite Film Circulator with Different Permittivities for Layers: An Analytical Expression for the Input Conductance Employing Perturbation Method
Arash Rashidi, Ali Banai
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Abstract

The main idea of this paper is to find an analytical formula for the input conductance of an elevated ferrite film circu-lator to match it systematically to the desired matching network. For solving the ferrite loaded dielectric resonator included in stripline elevated ferrite film circulator, the off diagonal components of the permeability tensor are taken as the perturbation. The electromagnetic fields computations are done for unperturbed structure. The dipolar resonant frequencies corresponding to harmonics of the resonant modes are then calculated using the perturbation integrals. The quality factor of the circulator is derived in terms of these dipolar resonant frequencies. Energy integrals are calculated to find the energy stored in the ferrite and dielectic layers. An analytical expression for the input conductance of the elevated ferrite film circulators is derived by using the quality factor and energy integrals. In this expression the ferrite and dielectric layers can have different permittivities. Some discussions about the effect of ferrite film thickness and permittivity mismatch on the bandwidth of the circulator are investigated by HFSS commercial software.

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A. Rashidi and A. Banai, "Elevated Ferrite Film Circulator with Different Permittivities for Layers: An Analytical Expression for the Input Conductance Employing Perturbation Method," Journal of Electromagnetic Analysis and Applications, Vol. 2 No. 9, 2010, pp. 529-542. doi: 10.4236/jemaa.2010.29069.

1. Introduction

Y-junction ferrite circulators are important devices in today microwave circuits and have been studied in literature in recent years [1-5]. This significance is initiated and spread out from the directional properties of ferrimagnetic devices allowing the control of microwave signals through a bias magnetic field [6]. Ferrite circulators with minimal size, weight and cost can be used in phased array antenna modules [7]. The other applications of Y-junction ferrite circulators can be in transmit receive functions where a shared antenna is required to be used for both transmission and reception of the signal [8].

Design theory for stripline Y-junction ferrite circulators was flourished by Bosma’s Green’s function [9]. According to Bosma’s assumptions the electric field is normal to the plane of the device (direction) and the magnetic field is in the plane of the device (and components ) [6]. The most important point in Bosma’s formulation is the relation between resonance (in which the peripheral of ferrite cylinders becomes PMC, perfect magnetic conductor) and Green’s function. If the off diagonal components of the permeability tensor of the ferrite, which are effectively shown by, go to zero, the ferrite becomes an isotropic medium. In this situation, just like a dielectric resonator, there is no difference between resonant frequency of clockwise mode, proportional to, and that of counterclockwise mode, proportional to, where is an integer number. As increases, the resonant frequencies and, which correspond to and respectively, separate each other; That is why is called splitting factor. The variation of resonant frequencies versus splitting factor gives a mode chart for operating of a Y-junction ferrite circulator which is very well demonstrated in Bosma’s paper. Among these splitting modes, those which are proportional to, dipolar modes, catch the attention of circulator designers since they result in a minimum diameter of the ferrite cylinders [10]. According to Bosma’s mode chart, we can place the circulator in dipolar mode regime by choosing the value for operational frequency, , near the dipolar resonant frequencies, and, and far from other resonant frequencies, where for a given splitting factor,.

In addition to Bosma’s essential works about Y-junction ferrite circulators, the immense efforts of Fay and Comstock [10] are really praiseworthy.  The main work of Fay and Comstock is the presentation of an equivalent circuit modeling the Y-junction circulator viewed from the input port when its other two ports are terminated to matched load in dipolar mode regime. This equivalent circuit was presented originally by Butterweck [11] for waveguide circulators. At the operational frequency, the input admittance of the circuit will be pure real,. This input conductance, , is the most essential parameter for a circulator because without that we are sightless to choose stripline widths to match our circulator to 50 network. By using the equivalent circuit the external quality factor of the circulator, , is determined in terms of dipolar resonant frequencies. Fay and Comstock [10] presented an electromagnetic expression for finding the quality factor. This expression for includes total electric energy stored in ferrite cylinders as well as the input power coming to the circulator, which is in terms of input conductance,  . If we make the expression for achieved from circuit analysis equal to that achieved from electromagnetic computations, we can reach to a closed form for. Then to find we need not only to compute dipolar resonant frequencies but also we need to solve Maxwell’s equations to find the profile of electric field vector within the ferrite cylinders.

Integration of ferrite-film non-reciprocal devices into microwave front-end electronic could lead to significant cost savings in T/R modules [12]. In conventional circulators a ferrite cylinder fills completely the space between the central metal disk and the ground plane in stripline or microstrip structure so they are not good remedies for integration of circulators. In elevated substrate circulators a circular ferrite thin film is deposited on dielectric substrate with a fabrication technology such as chemical vapor deposition [13] and then the central metal disk is placed on the ferrite thin film. Then between the ground and central metal disk we have two cylindrical layers: ferrite thin film and dielectric substrate layer.

The first microstrip junction ferrite film circulator for use in MICs was demonstrated by Hartwig and Readey [14]. For simplicity they assumed the ferrite has the same dielectric constant as the substrate. They applied perturbation theory to find the dipolar resonant frequencies for the ferrite loaded dielectric cavity. Indeed they made the splitting factor, , as the perturbation and then the unperturbed structure would be a dielectric resonator with magnetic wall as its peripheral and two circular electric walls or metals as its top and bottom. The dipolar electromagnetic field profile for this unperturbed cavity is in form and has no variation normal to the plane of the device because the permittivity of ferrite film has been assumed to be equal to that of dielectric layer. Having dipolar resonant frequencies, Hartwig and Readey computed the quality factor of the circulator. Finally, they designed a matching network by using Anderson’s approximate formulation [15] and without electromagnetic computations for energy calculation to find input conductance of the circulator. Later Jones et al. [13] reported the design of an elevated substrate ferrite film circulator having 20 dB isolation over 12-12.6 GHz without any details about the matching of their circulator. How et al. [12] calculated S-parameters and losses in ferrite-film junction circulators using a new effective-field theory assuming TEM-like propagation. Oshiro et al. [16] designed a microstrip Y-junction circulator with ferrite thin film and analyzed its transmission characteristics by the 3D finite-element method. In addition to Bosma [9] and Fay [10], Helszajn [2,17,18] worked on a lot of numerical and analytical formulations about ferrite circulators.

The main question is to how find the input conductance of the elevated ferrite film circulator to manipulate and tailor the matching network systematically and not with trial and error or any convoluted iteratively optimization to find a desired width for the stripline (or microstrip) matching network. This question has not been answered since Hartwig [14] in 1970 until now. This paper answers the question by presenting more general case in which ferrite and dielectric layers no longer have the same permittivities. First we compute the electromagnetic fields profile for unperturbed structure in which splitting factor is zero. For unperturbed resonator, we have a cylindrical resonator containing two elevated dielectic cylinders with different permittivities. A less naive computation is needed for computing the electromagnetic field profile of this resonator because of the non-uniform permittivity in direction. Unlike the case in which permittivities of ferrite and dielectric layers are the same, in this case the modes are in the form in which. Also the electric filed vector has and components in addition to component. Our gain from electromagnetic computations of unperturbed structure can be used in three procedures. First, we can take our operational frequency as a known value and then from a transcendental characteristic equation of unperturbed resonator, an expression for the radius of the circulator can be found. Second, the perturbation theory for computing dipolar resonant frequencies of the perturbed resonator needs the electromagnetic fields profiles. In this procedure we achieve to and analytically by computing perturbation integrals and then the quality factor of the circulator can be derived. Third, as we mentioned before we can reach to input conductance for the elevated ferrite film circulator by an electromagnetic method which needs energy stored in the resonator. These computations must be done for both ferrite and dielectrics layers and they deal with integrals including Bessel’s functions which are brought  in the appendix. After that we achieve an analytical formula for the input conductance of an elevated substrate ferrite film circulator operating in dipolar regime with different permittivities for its ferrite and dielectric layers. Having the input conductance, , we can find the necessary quarter wave matching transformer impedance,  or at least to design a broader band-width matching network we know  the external 50 line should be matched to our analytically achieved impedance,. So the main gain which can be achieved through this paper is that by having, designing of the matching network for elevated substrate circulator will be highly simplified and convoluted iteratively optimizations, for the required width of the quarter wave length transformer, tapered line, or any other matching circuit, are no longer needed. We make some simulations using HFSS [19] at the end to find the frequency behavior of the scattering parameters of the circulator matched by using the conductance formula in this paper.

2. Configuration and Equivalent Circuit of an Elevated Ferrite Film Circulator

Figure 1 is a schematic diagram of an elevated stripline ferrite film circulator. Like conventional stripline ferrite circulators the central metal includes a metal disk of radius attached to three metal strips at points apart around its peripheral. Between the ground and metal disk we have two layers: ferrite film with the same radius and thickness and dielectric layer which is the substrate of the stripline structure. The total thickness of ferrite and dielectric layers is. is the input conductance of the circulator when the other two ports are terminated to matched load of reference impedance. To match the bare circulator, quarter wavelength transformers are used with characteristic impedance

Figure 1. Ferrite film circulator configuration.

. It is worth mentioning that choosing the quarter wave length transformer is just for simplicity and other matching circuits can be used as well. The permittivities of the dielectric substrate and ferrite cylinders are and respectively.

The ferrite is just saturated along direction, normal to the plane of the device, which means the magnetic flux density produced by the permanent magnet equals to saturation magnetization of the ferrite,. In this case the permeability tensor is [20]

(1)

where is the normalized magnetization frequency or splitting factor defined as

(2)

In Equation (2), is gyromagnetic ratio, is the saturation magnetization in Gauss and is the operating frequency.

Resonant modes for which the peripheral of the metal disk becomes PMC or H-wall are very important in ferrite junction circulators design [9]. As we mentioned in introduction, when the splitting factor, , goes to zero, the resonant frequencies, and, corresponding to clockwise and counterclockwise modes, which are proportional to and respectively, will be degenerated (i.e.). As splitting factor increases the difference between and goes up. Also we discussed in introduction about why dipolar modes, which are proportional to and, are more interesting. To put the circulator in dipolar regime, in which the dominant modes are dipolar modes, we must choose the operational frequency, , near the dipolar resonant frequencies, and. The conventional choice for operational frequency satisfying this condition for operating the circulator in dipolar regime, is

(3)

The equivalent circuit of the ferrite junction circulator from the input port when it operates in dipolar regime is shown in Figure 2 [10]. In this circuit the other two ports assumed to be connected to the matched load. As shown in Figure 2 this circuit is the series connection of two shunt R-L-C resonators having resonant frequencies and. The quality factors of the resonators are and. Indeed all other non-dipolar resonators are effectively short circuited when the circulator operates in dipolar regime. At the operating frequency which is between the dipolar resonant frequencies, according to Equation (3), one of the shunt resonators has a capacitive property and the other resonator has an inductive property and these capacitive and inductive properties cancel each other. In this situation the input admittance of the equivalent circuit is pure real and equals to  which is the key parameter. Without we can not design a matching network systematically.

In practical cases in which the splitting factor is not so large, [10], detailed analysis of the equivalent circuit shows that the quality factors of each circulator resonators are approximately the same, , and we can denote them by a unit symbol that is

(4)

Equation (4) shows that the quality factor of the circulator is known, providing we find dipolar resonant frequencies. Finding and needs to analyze the resonator depicted in Figure 3 [14]. The top of this resonator is the metal disk in the circulator structure; the bottom of this resonator is the ground of the stripline structure. Indeed the elevated stripline ferrite film circulator has one such resonator in each side of the central metal disk. The peripheral wall of the resonator is PMC to find dipolar resonant frequencies.

Full analytical computation of and is a thorny procedure. In this problem because the splitting factor is small, we can take it as a perturbation and find the electromagnetic fields profile for unperturbed resonator in which ferrite becomes a dielectric. Having the electromagnetic fields for unperturbed structure dipolar

Figure 2. Equivalent circuit looking in the input port of a matched Y-circulator.

Figure 3. Ferrite loaded resonator.

resonant frequencies for perturbed resonator can be found by computing perturbation integrals. We do these procedures in sections III and IV.

3. Electromagnetic Field Computations for the Unperturbed Structure

For the unperturbed resonator depicted in Fig. 3 in which goes to zero, using (1), the ferrite becomes a homogeneous dielectric with dielectric constant. Consequently we can fiend electromagnetic fields for this unperturbed resonator with mixed dielectrics.

For a homogeneous source free region having permittivity and permeability, if is a wave function in cylindrical coordinates then it satisfies the scalar Helmholtz equation

(5)

where. The components of electromagnetic fields are [21]

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

For the unperturbed resonator the suitable wave functions which satisfy the boundary conditions on E-walls,  at and (see Figure 3), are

(12)

(13)

where is the Bessel function of the first kind, and is the cut off wave number defined as

(14)

The subscripts and, also superscripts  hereinafter, refer to the regions, dielectric, and, ferrite, as shown in Figure 3 respectively. The electromagnetic fields components are obtained from equations (6)-(11)

(15)

(16)

(17)

(18)

(19)

(20)

(21)

(22)

(23)

(24)

(25)

(26)

Equations (15)-(26) gives the electromagnetic fields profile for unperturbed resonator. For the circulator operating in dipolar regime, only the dipolar modes, , are important. Indeed we deal with mode of the unperturbed resonator. Since the resonant length, , for the mode is less than, (where and are the guide wavelengths of the dielectric waveguide modes when the permittivities are and, respectively) the symbol is used to denote the variation of the resonant mode [22].

Matching tangential components of and at yields

(27)

(28)

Where, as shown in Figure 3. Equation (28) is a transcendental characteristic equation for the unperturbed structure. The splitting of dipolar resonant modes does not occur because the perturbation, splitting factor, is zero. So the dipolar clockwise and counterclockwise modes for the unperturbed structure have a degenerated resonant frequency which is denoted by. When we include the perturbation the splitting between the dipolar resonant frequencies, and will occur and so or. On the other hand if the operational frequency of the circulator is between the dipolar resonant frequencies, the circulator works in dipolar regime so we can take the unperturbed resonant frequency, , as our operational frequency,.

In our design procedure, the resonant frequency of the unperturbed structure, , is a known parameter and using electromagnetic fields profile for degenerated dipolar modes we can find the radius of the circulator,. To do this, satisfying boundary condition of zero tangential at, magnetic wall, for or yields (see Equations (19) and (25))

(29)

Where is the first positive root for the derivative of the Bessel function of the first order and of the first kind,. To find we should solve the transcendental characteristic equation (28) by substituting and from Equation (14). Then we have a transcendental Equation in terms of

(30)

To have a suitable range for in Equation (30) we must note that the resonant frequency, , for the unperturbed structure with mixed dielectrics goes to the resonant frequency of the mode, , when the cavity is completely filled by dielectric (where ). In an analogous manner goes to the resonant frequency of the mode, , when the cavity is completely filled by dielectric. Assuming, which is a practical case, we have

(31)

Inequality given in (31) presents a good range for finding. Finding from transcendental characteristic Equation (30) the radius of the circulator, , by Equation (29) readily is obtained.

For simplicity we define the symbol called effective permittivity by

(32)

Then from (31) we have. From (14) we can write

(33)

(34)

Then is pure real and is pure imaginary. In this situation we can write transcendental equation (30) as follows

(35)

In practical cases in which the distance between ground plates is rather small, i.e., we can replace and functions by their arguments. In this situation transcendental Equation (35) takes an algebraic form and effective permittivity, , becomes

(36)

In Figure 4, for, (),, , one can plot versus, the ratio of ferrite thickness by the total thickness of ferrite-dielectric layers. We provide this plot using both transcendental Equation (35) and algebraic one (36). It is evident that as ferrite thickness goes down, approaches to and in a similar manner as ferrite thickness goes up, approaches to. This figure can be applied for finding the radius of the circulator. For example if the ferrite and dielectric layers have the same thickness (i.e.) according to Figure 4, then or ().

Figure 4. Effective permittivity versus t/b for, , and.

4. Dipolar Resonant Frequencies and Quality Factor of the Perturbed Structure

The resonant frequency for the unperturbed structure analyzed in the previous section is. For the perturbed structure, with non zero splitting factor, , by perturbation method described in [23], one can find the frequency separation for dipolar frequencies as follows

(37)

where

(38)

and is the identity matrix. is the magnetic field for unperturbed structure which we computed its components in (18)-(20) and (24)-(26) for. In our especial case, is the volume of the ferrite cylinder and is the total volume of the resonator depicted in Figure 3. We begin with the expression

(39)

Substituting and, Equations (18) and (19) for n=1, in Equation (39) leads

(40)

Then the integral of the numerator of Equation (37) can be calculated as below

(41)

Also in we have

(42)

Using the notation given in the appendix we can write the integral in the denominator of the Equation (37) in this form

(43)

Employing (A-1) and (A-4) to compute the radial integral also by using (27) to relate and equation (43) takes this form

(44)

Now we have computed the integrals in Equation (37). By substituting the computed integrals, Equations (41) and (44), in (37) we have

(45)

Then the quality factor of the circulator is derived using (45) and (4)

(46)

In the practical cases in which we can easily substitute functions by unity and functions by their arguments so the transcendental complexity in equation (46) can be removed

(47)

5. Input Conductance of the Ferrite Film Circulator Using Energy Integrals

The electromagnetic field components computed in equations (15)-(26) are proportional to. For operating the three port as a circulator in dipolar regime (), the circulation condition must be satisfied as follows [10]

(48)

where

(49 )

From equations (48)-(49) and (17), the amplitudes of dipolar modes, and are found:

(50)

(51)

Having and the sinusoidal standing wave form of is appeared from (49)

(52)

where

(53)

According to (52) dipolar modes create a standing wave pattern proportional to for electric field on the peripheral of the ferrite cylinders in which, and correspond to the positions of the input port, output port and isolated port of the circulator respectively. This standing wave pattern makes the polarity of the electric field positive in the half of the peripheral of ferrite cylinders and negative in another half. So the mentioned standing wave pattern make the peripheral of the ferrite cylinders as a dipole and this is the origin of the so-called dipolar modes. Other components of electrical field in ferrite and dielectric layer can be found using the amplitudes of dipolar modes (50)-(51)

(54)

(55)

(56)

(57)

(58)

where

(59)

(60)

(61)

To find the input conductance of the circulator at the operating frequency we present an electromagnetic computation in this section. This method is based upon the electromagnetic approach for the quality factor of the circulator that is

(62)

where is two times as much as the stored energy in the resonator described in Figure 3 (because the stripline structure has one such resonator on each side of the metal disc ), and is the power delivered to the output port. We can relate to the input conductance of the circulator. Computation of  is a complicated work for the elevated substrate ferrite film circulators because it deals with energy computations in both ferrite and dielectric layers and all components of electric field vector are present, unlike the conventional ferrite circulators in which only component of electric field is non-zero. In the previous section we found the quality factor, equation (46). Then from the relation between and we obtain to a closed formula for the input conductance of the circulator.

is defined as

(63)

where is the outcoming voltage wave at the output port defined as

(64)

then using (52) and (58) we reach to a closed form for

(65)

and using (63) we can relate output power to the input conductance

(66)

Using (53) and (61) we can rewrite Equation (66) as follows

(67)

For computing we can define

(68)

(69)

(70)

(71)

(72)

(73)

where, and are defined in (A-1)-(A-3) and

(74)

(75)

(76)

(77)

(78)

(79)

By using (59) we can write

(80)

The last conclusion of equation (80) was made by (A-4). Using (60), in a manner analogous to equation (80), we can yield

(81)

Then by (79)-(81) we can obtain

(82)

Using (75), (76), (53) and (59) we can expand the first expression in the energy Equation (82)

(83)

Also by (14) and (32) we can write

(84)

(85)

By using (77), (78), (60) and (61) we can expand the second expression in the energy Equation (82)

(86)

By (53), (61), (85) and (86) we have

(87)

Substituting (83) and (87) in Equation (82) and by us ing (84) we reach (the last terms of (83) and (87) will be cancelled because of characteristic Equation (28))

(88)

Equation (88) is a closed formula for the energy stored in a cylindrical ferrite-dielectric resonator demonstrated in Figure 3. At this stage we have not only the analytical expression for energy, Equation (88), but also an analytical formula for the power delivered to the output port, equation (67). Then according to (62) the closed formula for the input conductance of the bared circulator is obtained (see Equation (89)).

(89)

To reach to the Equation (89) we also used the expressions for and given in (74) and (A-1). In the practical cases in which the electrical length, , is rather small, we can substitute functions by unity and functions by their arguments so the transcendental complexity in Equation (89) can be removed as follows

(90)

(91)

(92)

Then using good approximations brought in (90)-(92), the input conductance given in (89) takes very simple form

(93)

Equation (93) is the most important result of this paper and very useful to design the suitable matching network for the circulator.

6. Design Procedure for the Ferrite Film Circulator

In this section we summarize a procedure for designing an elevated stripline ferrite film circulator. In this design algorithm we use all the mathematical results in the previous sections.

6.1. Choosing the Operational Frequency and Suitable Ferrite Sample

The splitting factor in practical case must be located in the range. This condition limits our choice of ferrite sample for our desired operational frequency because of Equation (2). Then if we choose a central frequency for operation of circulator, our ferrite sample should have a saturation magnetization so that according to Equation (2), the splitting factor is located in the mentioned interval.

6.2. Choosing the Substrate and the Thickness of Ferrite and Dielectric Layers

In the next section we discuss about the permittivity mismatch for ferrite and dielectric layers. Also the overall thickness of ferrite and dielectric layers must be rather small to be a practical case in MICs. For a rule of thumb is a suitable choice. In most practical cases the permittivity of ferrite is more than that of the dielectric layer. To have a miniaturized circulator size, it is not appropriate to choose a low permittivity for dielectric substrate.

6.3. Determining the Radius of Ferrite Cylinders

If the electrical thickness of ferrite and dielectric layers is small, the algebraic formula for effective permittivity, Equation (36), can be very useful. Then the radius of ferrite cylinders are found using Equation (29) or equivalently

(94)

6.4. Determining the Input Conductance for the Bare Circulator

For the bare circulator (i.e. the circulator without stripline ports) provided the overall thickness of layers is small, we can use simple Equation (93) to find the input conductance of the bare circulator. This input conductance, indeed is the reciprocal value of the reference impedance for which the scattering parameters for the three-port takes the form of the scattering parameters of a good circulator (i.e. with low insertion loss, high isolation and high return loss)

6.5. Determining the Suitable Matching Network

The necessary quarter wave matching transformer impedance, , as shown in Figure 1 to match the circulator to lines is then

(95)

To find the width of the striplines, we can use Microwave Softwares. For example MWOFFICE [24] is a useful software.

Table I shows the design parameters for an elevated substrate ferrite junction circulator using the above procedure.

7. Numerical Results

In this section, first we verify the correctness and accuracy of our formula, Equation (93), for the input conductance of the stripline ferrite film circulator using HFSS [19] simulations. By HFSS we can find the scattering

Table 1. Design data for an elevated substrate ferrite film circulator.

parameters of the bare circulator for each reference impedance, , of the ports. The scattering parameters are the functions of reference impedance. Indeed the input conductance, , is the reciprocal value of the reference impedance for which the return loss and isolation are maximum and insertion loss is minimum. We call this suitable reference impedance as. By this criterion we can know whether is near to or not. Return loss, insertion loss and isolation are depicted in Figure 5 versus for an elevated substrate ferrite circulator for different permittivites of the dielectric layer. According to these simulations, we can see that is very close to and their difference is only in few ohms. So Equation (93) is a very good analytical formula for designing the matching network for an elevated ferrite film circulator.

The next thing we can verify numerically is the role of the thickness of ferrite film, effectively shown by, , on the bandwidth of the scattering parameters. Hartwig and Readey [14] reported that as ferrite thickness is increased, the bandwidth is improved but we lose the integration of our device. So we encounter with a trade-off. In Figure 6 the frequency behavior of the scattering parameters of the ferrite film circulator are demonstrated for some values of. This results show that to in-crease the bandwidth of the device, the ferrite thickness should be increased but we should not miss the miniaturization for our purpose. Another problem that is caused by low value of is the reduction of the width of the ports. This is a bottle-neck in fabrication because the absolute error in fabricating the striplines with small width is limited.

The last numerical result is the effect of dielectric mismatch for ferrite and dielectric layers on the bandwidth of the device. Figure 7 shows the frequency behavior of the scattering parameters of the ferrite film circulator for some dielectrics. Roughly we can say as the permittivity of the dielectric layer increases not only the bandwidth goes up but also we keep the integration of the device.

The concept and formulations developed in this paper allow successful design of the matching network with the use of simple formula for the input conductance for a bared miniaturized elevated ferrite film circulator. Although a simple quarter wavelength transformer is utilized here, our formulation can be applied to other general matching networks to obtain a wider band circulator. Other aspects such as having different ferrite materials for the lower and upper part of the metal disk, can demonstrate desired flexibility to have a wide band circulator. Further designs considering the fabrication realization are in progress.

(a)(b)(c)

Figure 5. Scattering parameters for an elevated ferrite film circulator versus reference impedance for, , , , and (a) Return loss; (b) Insertion loss; (c) Isolation.

(a)(b)(c)

Figure 6. Frequency behavior of the scattering parameters for an elevated ferrite film circulator for , , , , , and (a) Return loss (b) Insertion loss (c) Isolation.

(a)(b)(c)

Figure 7. Frequency behavior of the scattering parameters for an elevated ferrite film circulator for, , , , , and (a) Return loss (b) Insertion loss (c) Isolation.

8. Conclusions

This paper is a complementary to the study of elevated substrate ferrite film circulators. After 40 years of introducing the elevated ferrite film circulator, we answered the question of how we can find the input conductance of the elevated circulator to design a matching network not with trial and error or with approximated formulas which were used 40 years ago. We showed that how a long analytical formulation can end up with a simple formula for the input conductance of the miniaturized ferrite-dielectric circulator. The simple formula depends to the ferrite and dielectric thickness and the splitting factor. We followed circuit approach as well as electromagnetic approach in our design route by successfully employing perturbation method. The procedure to obtain such formula had a lot of mathematical complexity due to perturbation integrals and finding the electromagnetic fields profile in ferrite loaded resonator. The transcendental nature of the result was simplified in the practical case that the electrical thickness of ferrite and dielectric layers is rather small. Finally we verified our analytical result by numerical simulations.

The formulation presented in this paper also can be applied for a multi-layer ferrite structure including more than two layers in each side of the metal disk. The layers can be dielectrics and ferrites with different characteristics. The formulation illustrated in this paper can be applicable not only for stripline but also for microstrip circulators. In microstrip case we need to consider just one ferrite dielectric loaded resonator instead of two resonators. Other matching networks in different configurations can be utilized to match the bare circulator by using the input conductance formula presented in this paper. The proposed technique in this paper enables a capable approach for designing elevated substrate circulators with the use of energy integrals, and perturbation technique presented in this paper.

9. Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the help and discussion of Professor Carmine Vittoria in Northeastern University.

Appendix: Useful Integrals Involving Bessel Functions

(A-1)

(A-2)

(A-3)

(A-4)

NOTES

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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