H.F. AbuTarboush

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Djidda, Makkah, Saudi Arabia

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Publications (33)17.34 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: A novel transparent ultra-wideband antenna for photovoltaic solar-panel integration and RF energy harvesting is proposed in this paper. Since the approval by the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) in 2002, much research has been undertaken on UWB technology, especially for wireless communications. However, in the last decade, UWB has also been proposed as a power harvester. In this paper, a transparent cone-top-tapered slot antenna covering the frequency range from 2.2 to 12.1 GHz is designed and fabricated to provide UWB communications whilst integrated onto solar panels as well as harvest electromagnetic waves from free space and convert them into electrical energy. The antenna when sandwiched between an a-Si solar panel and glass is able to demonstrate a quasi omni-directional pattern that is characteristic of a UWB. The antenna when connected to a 2.55-GHz rectifier is able to produce 18-mV dc in free space and 4.4-mV dc on glass for an input power of 10 dBm at a distance of 5 cm. Although the antenna presented in this paper is a UWB antenna, only an operating range of 2.49 to 2.58 GHz for power scavenging is possible due to the limitation of the narrowband rectifier used for the study.
    IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 03/2014; 62(4). · 2.33 Impact Factor
  • H.F. Abutarboush, A. Shamim
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    ABSTRACT: A low-cost inkjet-printed multiband monopole antenna is presented. The unique advantage of the proposed antenna is the freedom to adjust and set the dual-band of the antenna independently over a wide range (148.83%). To demonstrate the independent control feature, the 2.4 and 3.4 GHz bands for the wireless local area network (WLAN) and worldwide interoperability for microwave access (WiMAX) applications are selected as an example. The measured impedance bandwidths for the 2.4 and 3.4 GHz are 15.2 and 23.7%, respectively. These dual-bands have the ability to be controlled independently between 1.1 and 7.5 GHz without affecting the other band. In addition, the proposed antenna can be assigned for different mobile and wireless applications such as GPS, PCS, GSM 1800, 1900, UMTS, and up to 5-GHz WLAN and WiMAX applications. The mechanism of independent control of each radiator through dimensional variation is discussed in detail. The antenna has a compact size of 10 ?? 37.3 ?? 0.44 mm3, leaving enough space for the driving electronics on the paper substrate. The measured results from the prototype are in good agreement with the simulated results. Owing to inkjet printing on an ordinary paper, the design is extremely light weight and highly suitable for low cost and large volume manufacturing
    IET Microwaves Antennas & Propagation 01/2014; 8(1):52-56. · 0.84 Impact Factor
  • H.F. Abutarboush, A. Shamim
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    ABSTRACT: A cost effective and environmentally friendly wideband monopole antenna fabricated on flexible paper substrate using a metallic nanoparticle ink is proposed in this paper. By cutting a slot on the main radiator and adding an additional radiator, the bandwidth of the antenna is enhanced. The fabricated antenna prototype has a measured impedance bandwidth of 16.97% for the first band (2.21 - 2.62 GHZ) and 73.68% for the second band, covering the frequency range between 3 - 6.5 GHz. The size of the radiator is 30 ×; 34 mm2. The measured and simulated results are in good agreement. The proposed design is suitable for conformal and environmentally friendly “green” electronics.
    Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP), 2013 7th European Conference on; 01/2013
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    ABSTRACT: A reconfigurable wideband and multiband C-Slot patch antenna with dual-patch elements is proposed and studied. It occupies a compact volume of 50 × 50 × 1.57 (3925 mm<sup>3</sup>), including the ground plane. The antenna can operate in two dual-band modes and a wideband mode from 5 to 7 GHz. Two parallel C-Slots on the patch elements are employed to perturb the surface current paths for excitation of the dual-band and the wideband modes. Two switches, implemented using PIN diodes, are placed on the connecting lines of a simple feed network to the patch elements. Dual-band modes are achieved by switching “ON” either one of the two patch elements, while the wideband mode with an impedance bandwidth of 33.52% is obtained by switching “ON” both patch elements. The frequencies in the dual-band modes can be independently controlled using positions and dimensions of the C-Slots without affecting the wideband mode. The advantage of the proposed antenna is that two dual-band operations and one wideband operation can be achieved using the same dimensions. This overcomes the need for increasing the surface area normally incurred when designing wideband patch antennas. Simulation results are validated experimentally through prototypes. The measured radiation patterns and peak gains show stable responses and are in good agreements. Coupling between the two patch elements plays a major role for achieving the wide bandwidth and the effects of mutual coupling between the patch elements are also studied.
    IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 02/2012; · 2.33 Impact Factor
  • H.F. AbuTarboush, R. Nilavalan, S.W. Cheung, K.M. Nasr
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents the design of a low-profile compact printed antenna for fixed frequency and reconfigurable frequency bands. The antenna consists of a main patch, four sub-patches, and a ground plane to generate five frequency bands, at 0.92, 1.73, 1.98, 2.4, and 2.9 GHz, for different wireless systems. For the fixed-frequency design, the five individual frequency bands can be adjusted and set independently over the wide ranges of 18.78%, 22.75%, 4.51%, 11%, and 8.21%, respectively, using just one parameter of the antenna. By putting a varactor (diode) at each of the sub-patch inputs, four of the frequency bands can be controlled independently over wide ranges and the antenna has a reconfigurable design. The tunability ranges for the four bands of 0.92, 1.73, 1.98, and 2.9 GHz are 23.5%, 10.30%, 13.5%, and 3%, respectively. The fixed and reconfigurable designs are studied using computer simulation. For verification of simulation results, the two designs are fabricated and the prototypes are measured. The results show a good agreement between simulated and measured results.
    IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 01/2012; 60(8):3867-3874. · 2.33 Impact Factor
  • Hattan F. Abutarboush, H. Nasif, R. Nilavalan, S. W. Cheung
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    ABSTRACT: In this letter, the design of a compact monopole antenna for multiband and wideband operations is proposed. The antenna has three distinct frequency bands, centered at 0.94, 2.7, and 4.75 GHz. The antenna has a compact size of only 30$\,\times \,$ 40$\,\times \,$ 1.57 mm$^{3}$ including the ground plane. The multiband and wideband operations are achieved by using an E-shaped slot on the ground plane. The design procedure is also discussed. The frequency bands can be independently controlled by using the parameters of the E-slot. The impedance bandwidth, current distributions, radiation patterns, gain, and efficiency of the antenna are studied by computer simulation and measurements.
    IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters 01/2012; 11:539-542. · 1.67 Impact Factor
  • H.F. Abutarboush, A. Shamim
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    ABSTRACT: Realization of a U-slot tri-band monopole antenna on a low-cost paper substrate using inkjet-printed technology is presented for the first time. The U-shaped slot is optimized to enhance the bandwidth and to achieve tri-band operation of 1.57, 3.2, and 5 GHz with measured impedance bandwidths of 3.21%, 28.1%, and 36%, respectively. The antenna is fabricated through a metallic nanoparticle ink on a standard commercial paper. Thus, the antenna can be used to cover the GPS, WiMAX, HiperLAN/2, and WLAN. The antenna has a compact size of 12 × 37.3 × 0.44 mm3, leaving enough space for the driving electronics on the paper substrate. The impedance bandwidth, current distributions, radiation patterns, gain, and efficiency of the antenna have been studied through computer simulations and measurements.
    IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters 01/2012; 11:1234-1237. · 1.67 Impact Factor
  • Hattan F. AbuTarboush, R. Nilavalan, T. Peter, S. W. Cheung, D. Budimir
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    ABSTRACT: AbstractA small ultra‐thin planar inverted‐F antenna (PIFA) which can be switchable or tunable using PIN or varactor diodes, respectively, is proposed. The antenna consists of two radiators and connected together using two PIN or varactors diodes. Frequency reconfigurability is obtained by (i) tuning using varactor diodes or (ii) switching using PIN diodes. In the study, when varactors are used, the PIFA is optimized to operate in five frequency bands centered at 0.72, 1.35, 1.98, 3.6, and 5 GHz. Varying the voltages across the varactors can tune these five bands over the range of 45.33% (0.58–0.92 GHz), 17.77% (1.23–1.47 GHz), 26% (1.57–2.04 GHz), 6.66% (3.48–3.72 GHz), and 0.97% (4.99–5.04 MHz), covering the DVB‐H, GSM 800/900, GPS, PCS, DCS, UMTS, Wibro phase III, WiMAX, WLAN systems, etc. If PIN diode switches are used instead, the frequency bands can be switched among different standards, including the DVB‐H, GSM, UMTS, DCS, GPS, WiMAX, and WLAN systems, depending on the switching states. The two radiators are supported using a shorting wall and a shorting pin connected to a small ground plane. Results of intensive investigations using computer simulations and measurements show that the ground plane size has little effects on the performance of the antenna. The effects of user's hand on the S11, radiation patterns and efficiency are also characterized. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Microwave Opt Technol Lett 54:725–729, 2012; View this article online at wileyonlinelibrary.com. DOI 10.1002/mop.26640
    Microwave and Optical Technology Letters 01/2012; 54(3). · 0.59 Impact Factor
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    H.F. AbuTarboush, R. Nilavalan, T. Peter, S.W. Cheung
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    ABSTRACT: The design of a small ultra-thin printed inverted-F antenna (PIFA) with independent control on the resonant frequency bands is proposed. The antenna consists of a slotted radiator supported by shorting walls and a small ground plane. The structure is designed and optimized to operate at 2.09, 3.74 and 5 GHz with achievable bandwidths of 11%, 8.84% and 10%, respectively. These three bands cover the existing wireless communication frequency bands from 1.5-6.8 GHz. Each of the three bands can be controlled independently without affecting the other two bands. The 2.09 GHz band can be controlled to operate between 1.5-2.09 GHz (33.33%), the 3.74 GHz band can be controlled over the range of 3.57-4.18 GHz (15.76%) and the 5 GHz band can be controlled to cover the band from 5.00-6.80 GHz (30.50%). Results of intensive investigations using computer simulations and measurements show that the ground plane and the feed locations of the antenna have marginal effects on the performance of the antenna. The effects of the user's hand and mobile phone housing on the return loss, radiation patterns, gains and efficiency are characterized. The measured peak gains of the prototype antenna at 2.09, 3.74 and 5 GHz are 2.05, 2.32 and 3.47 dBi, respectively. The measured radiation efficiencies for the corresponding three bands are 70.12, 60.29 and 66.24% respectively.
    IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation 08/2011; · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study presents an H-shaped reconfigurable antenna for wireless applications. The antenna consists of an H-shape radiator and a CPW printed on a circuit board and a varactor diode connecting the upper and lower arms of the H-shape radiator for reconfigurability. The uniqueness of the antenna lies on the ability to select the operating mode and frequencies electronically using a varactor diode. By selecting the DC-bias voltages of 11.5, 10 and 8 V across the varactor diode, which in turn selects the corresponding varactor capacitances of 2, 4 and 6 pF, the antenna can be controlled to operate in three different modes, namely a single-band mode to cover the GSM1900, a dual-band mode at 1.88 and 2.4 GHz to cover the GSM1900 and Bluetooth/WLAN, respectively and a tri-band mode at 1.57, 1.88 and 2.4 GHz to cover the GSM1900, WLAN and GPS, respectively. Furthermore, by varying the varactor capacitance from 7 to 13 pF, the GPS and WLAN bands can be tuned by 11.44% (1.57-1.4 GHz) and 6.46% (2.4-2.25 GHz), respectively, yet keeping the 1.88-GHz band unchanged. Detailed studies on the antenna's performance are carried out to investigate the behaviour of the antenna at each resonant frequency in each operating mode.
    IET Microwaves Antennas & Propagation 01/2011; 5(14):1675-1682. · 0.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this paper, the design of a UWB antenna using a transparent AgHT-8 material is proposed for green wireless applications. Computer simulation is used for studies. For verification of the design, the proposed antenna is fabricated on an AgHT-8 film and measured. Results show that the antenna has better radiation efficiency relative to its size than the previous designs, good omni-directional radiation patterns throughout the FCC bandwidth of 3.1-10.6 GHz and a comparable gain. To filter out the unwanted signals in the WLAN band, two vertical slots are introduced to produce a tuning notch in the 5 GHz frequency band. For demonstration of green wireless applications, the transparent antenna is incorporated with a solar panel for harnessing solar energy. Results show that the transparency of the antenna makes it a good candidate for future green wireless applications.
    Antenna Technology (iWAT), 2011 International Workshop on; 01/2011
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    ABSTRACT: A cost-effective antenna package suitable for mass production mm-wave applications is investigated. Different packaging material that can be possibly used in mm-wave antennas are presented and compared. Moreover, this study investigates different methods of packaging millimetre-wave (60 GHz) MEMS antennas. The paper first introduces the custom needs for optimum operation of the MEMS antenna and then examines the current available enabling technologies for packaging. The sensitivity of the antenna's reflection coefficient, gain and radiation efficiency to the packaging environment is investigated through EM simulations.
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    T. Peter, R. Nilavalan, H.F. AbuTarboush, S.W. Cheung
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    ABSTRACT: A non-thermal soldering technique using cold solder or electrically conductive epoxy for connecting SMA connectors to polymer based antennas is proposed in this paper. The proposed technique prevents damage to the polymer due to the solder iron heat and also the loss of efficiency through the use of indirect connections of the coaxial feed via copper pads glued to the antenna. The direct connection of the feed points via SMA connectors on to a transparent antenna designed on AgHT-8 material has been demonstrated. The method can also be applied to solder the coaxial feed points directly to the antenna instead of using copper pads which will introduce additional reflection losses. The technique involves the use of colder soldering instead of hot soldering so as to not damage the polymer based antenna as well as improve the efficiency of the antenna.
    Microwave Conference (EuMC), 2010 European; 10/2010
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    H.F. AbuTarboush, R. Nilavalan, T. Peter
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    ABSTRACT: A compact reconfigurable four bands Planar Inverted-F Antenna (PIFA) is presented for Digital Video Broadcasting - Handheld (DVB-H), Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM800, 900, 1800 and 1900), Personal Communications System (PCS), Wireless Local Area Network and Bluetooth (WLAN), Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (m-WiMAX) and Hiperlan/2 applications. Two varactor diodes with variable capacitors are used to electrically tune the operating frequencies over a wide range. The overall size of the radiated parts is 31.5 × 30.5 mm<sup>2</sup> which makes it easy to integrate it into small mobile handset. Depending on the voltage applied to the switches the operating frequencies at 0.7 GHz, 2 GHz, 3.5 GHz and 5 GHz can be tuned over 30.48%, 20%, 4% and 4% respectively. The peak gains for the four bands range -4dBi, 3dBi, 3dBi and 6dBi at DVB-H, UMTS, WiAMX and WLAN, respectively. The average efficiency of the four bands ranges from 95% to 85%. The radiation patterns and other discussions are provided.
    Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA), 2010 International Conference on; 10/2010
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents a novel H-Shaped reconfigurable microstrip patch antenna fed by a Grounded Coplanar Waveguide (GCPW) for wireless applications. The uniqueness in the presented antenna design relies in the ability to select the number of operating frequencies electronically by using a varactor diode. The antenna structure consists of coplanar waveguide (CPW) input with an H-shape printed on a PCB and a varactor diode for reconfigurability. By electronically varying the value of the diode capacitance, the antenna can operate in a single band mode to cover Global Position System (GPS), a dual band mode to cover GPS and Global System for Mobile communications (GSM1900) or a three-band mode to cover GPS, GSM1900 and Bluetooth or Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN).
    Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP), 2010 Proceedings of the Fourth European Conference on; 05/2010
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    ABSTRACT: A design of a low profile reconfigurable microstrip patch antenna is presented. The antenna consists of four sup-patches connected to one feed line, each sub-patch generates a single band. By placing a variable capacitor at the input of the sub-patches, the impedance matching frequency of the antenna can be tuned over a wide range starting from 0.92 GHz to 2.98 GHz with total tunability rang of 2060 MHz. The proposed antenna designed to operate in the Global System for Mobile communication (GSM900, 880–960 MHz)/ Digital Communication System (DCS1800, 1710–1880 MHz)/ Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS, 1920–2170 MHz)/ Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN, 2400–2483.5 MHz)/ and Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX, 2495–2700 MHz). The total size of the proposed antenna is 50 × 50 mm<sup>2</sup> which is suitable for small wireless devices.
    Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP), 2010 Proceedings of the Fourth European Conference on; 05/2010
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    Hattan F. AbuTarboush, R. Nilavalan, D. Budimir, H. S. Al-Raweshidy
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    ABSTRACT: A compact microstrip patch antenna with two U-slots shape is presented. Detailed simulation and experimental investigation are conducted to understand the behavior of the two U-slots. The proposed antenna generates three resonant frequencies at 2.7, 3.3, and 5.3 GHz. It can, therefore, be used in Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access compliant communication equipment. The proposed antenna has two U-slot shaped and two bridge elements to connect both shapes together to adapt the structure to the desired interest operating frequency. A comprehensive parametric study has been applied to understand the effect of each U-slot on the antenna's performance. Moreover, the current distribution for the three bands is investigated to give further understanding of the antenna behavior. The proposed antenna is verified experimentally and the simulated and measured results are in good agreement. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J RF and Microwave CAE, 2010.
    International Journal of RF and Microwave Computer-Aided Engineering 04/2010; 20(3):279 - 285. · 0.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents a design of a compact microstrip patch antenna with the ability of controlling the number of bands and the operating frequencies independently. The antenna comprises a main patch and four sub-patches fed by a 50 ¿ microstrip line. It is designed to generate up to five separate modes to cover the frequency range from 900 MHz to 3 GHz for the operation of wireless devices supporting multiple standards including Global System for Mobile communication (GSM900, 880-960 MHz), Digital Communication System (DCS1800, 1710-1880 MHz), Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS, 1920-2170 MHz), Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN, 2400-2483.5 MHz) and low band Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WIMAX, 2.5 to 2.8 GHz) The design verified through both numerical simulation and measurement of an experimental prototype.
    Antenna Technology (iWAT), 2010 International Workshop on; 04/2010
  • A. Rathore, R. Nilavalan, H.F. AbuTarboush, T. Peter
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    ABSTRACT: A compact and optimized design of a rectangular printed monopole antenna with slits and truncated ground plane on FR-4 substrate is presented. The proposed antenna is designed for dual-band operation at 2.4 GHz and 5.2 GHz for Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) applications with S<sub>11</sub> < -10 dB. This antenna has good return loss and radiation characteristics in required frequency band. The proposed antenna gives omni-directional radiation pattern in the E Plane and H plane over the frequency range of 2.4 GHz and 5.2 GHz. The calculated and measured results in terms of return loss show good agreement and the results also show good wideband characteristics.
    Antenna Technology (iWAT), 2010 International Workshop on; 04/2010
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    T. Peter, R. Nilavalan, H.F. AbuTarboush, S.W. Cheung
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    ABSTRACT: A novel technique and a nonthermal soldering method to improve the performance of AgHT-8 transparent polymer antennas are proposed in this letter. The proposed technique involves the removal of the coating layer at areas on the coplanar waveguide (CPW) ground and feed line where the connectors of the coaxial feed or legs of the SMA connectors will be attached and applying a coat of silver paint on the exposed areas before cold-soldering the coaxial connections or SMA connector legs. The nonthermal or cold soldering using electrically conductive paste enables direct soldering of the coaxial feed points or connector legs, which cannot otherwise be done with hot or thermal soldering. This type of connection greatly enhances the performance of the AgHT-8 polymer antennas compared to coaxial feed point connections through hot-soldered copper pads glued to the surface of the polymer coating. The proposed technique also gives a stronger connection bond than directly cold-soldering the feed points or connectors to the smooth surface of the AgHT-8 material. Furthermore, the copper pad connection technique also introduces additional losses contributed by the adhesive properties of the glue used. This proposed novel technique and soldering method may be extended to enhance antenna performance made from other similar transparent conductive polymers like ITO.
    IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters 02/2010; · 1.67 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

89 Citations
17.34 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2012
    • King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
      • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)
      Djidda, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
  • 2008–2012
    • Brunel University
      • School of Engineering and Design
      London, ENG, United Kingdom
  • 2011
    • The University of Hong Kong
      • Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
      Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • 2009
    • University of Westminster
      • Cell Communication Research Group
      London, ENG, United Kingdom