A Balanced-to-Balanced In-Phase Filtering Power Divider with High Selectivity and Isolation

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IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, 2019, 67 (2), pp. 683 - 694
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© 1963-2012 IEEE. In this paper, a balanced-to-balanced in-phase filtering power divider (FPD) is proposed, which can realize a two-way equal power division with high selectivity and isolation. The design of the proposed FPD is primarily based on microstrip/slotline transition structures and slotline T-junction. A U-type microstrip feed line integrated with a stepped-impedance slotline resonator is adopted at the input and output ports, which makes the differential-mode (DM) responses independent of the common-mode (CM) ones. Meanwhile, superior DM transmission and CM suppression are achieved intrinsically, thereby simplifying the design procedure significantly. By employing slotline resonators loaded with resistors, the isolation between the two output ports can be improved greatly. In addition, a DM passband with a sharp filtering performance is realized by introducing the microstrip stub-loaded resonators (SLRs). By changing the electrical length of the open stub of the SLR, the fractional bandwidth is controllable. In order to verify the feasibility of the proposed design method, two prototype circuits of the proposed FPDs with different bandwidths are fabricated and measured. Good agreement between the simulation and measurement results is observed.
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