Integration of Microstrip Patch Antenna with Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cell
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Electrical and electronic engineering
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.
Shynu, S.V. et al. (2009) Integration of Microstrip Patch Antenna with Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cell. IEEE Transactions on Antennas & Propagation vol. 75, no. 12, pp.3969-3972 doi:10.1109/TAP.2009.2026438