Integration of Microstrip Patch Antenna with Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cell

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Electrical and electronic engineering

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IEEE Transactions on Antennas & Propagation, 75 (12), pp.3969-3972 ISSN: 0018-926X DOI: 10.1109/TAP.2009.2026438


The implementation of a polycrystalline silicon solar cell as a microwave groundplane in a low-profile, reduced-footprint microstrip patch antenna design for autonomous communication applications is reported. The effects on the antenna / solar performances due to the integration, different electrical conductivities in the silicon layer and variation in incident light intensity are investigated. The antenna sensitivity to the orientation of the anisotropic solar cell geometry is discussed.