In this paper, an alternative approach to design controlled switches at millimeter and sub-millimeter waves, based on coupled tunable Bessel-beam launchers in the radiative near field region, is proposed. In particular, we investigate the possibility of tuning the electromagnetic properties of the radiating apertures through the application of a driving voltage in order to dynamically switch the cover distance of the launchers. Such a controlled switch is intended to work in a bi-stable mode: when the control signal is high (low), the launchers exhibit an efficient (a poor) electromagnetic coupling through the Bessel-beam main lobe. Therefore, the device acts as a switching transistor, i.e., as in digital applications, and also as an opto-isolator at lower frequencies.
22 Mar 2021
2021 15th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP)