Ridge waveguide branch-line directional couplers for wideband applications and LTCC technology

A new branch-line directional coupler is proposed for achieving wide bandwidth. The device is implemented in ridge waveguide to exploit its wide monomode band. It can be physically realized either in empty ridge waveguide or in LTCC for integration in a chip module. Two prototypes of two and five branches are designed following a systematic procedure. An… (More)