We present electrically small, multi-band, metamaterial-inspired antennas with adequate radiation characteristics and isolation enhancement. The antenna element consists of a complementary split-ring resonator (CSRR) embedded in a small monopole that has a size of λ/8×\λ/10 at the lowest frequency band, while rectangular patches are placed underneath it to further improve the performance. The antenna operates at the 2.4-2.5/2.9-4.8/5.1-6.5 GHz frequency bands. Moreover, we propose a systematic, metamaterial-based approach in order to improve the isolation between two of these small, closely spaced antenna elements at the lowest and highest frequency bands. The proposed techniques reduce the coupling by up to 29 dB without increasing the size of the structure. In particular, the isolation enhancement at the highest frequency band of interest is remarkably wideband. The cable effect, which is a common concern during the measurements of small antennas, is examined as well. The proposed antennas are not only small but also densely packed and can be easily integrated with modern, compact communication devices with advanced functionality. Simulations along with experimental results validate the effectiveness of our design.
|Number of pages||13|
|Early online date||16 Jun 2022|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Jun 2022|