A new broadband quarter-wavelength impedance transformer based on an asymmetric coupled line section is presented. The bandwidth of the coupled line transformer is extended with the help of an interconnecting transmission line. An analytical model for the transformer is developed. The analysis of the structure reveals that a fractional bandwidth of more than 100% at –20 dB reflection level can be achieved with such a structure. An experimental transformer circuit has been designed, fabricated and tested. Theoretical and experimental results are fair agreement and confirm the established theory. The achieved bandwidth is almost 3 times larger as compared with standard matching circuits.
International Microwave Symposium Digest, 2007, p. 1893-1896
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IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, 2007