An optimized isolation network for the wilkinson divider
IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
3393 - 3402
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We propose an isolation network to simultaneously improve the input return loss, output return loss and isolation of the Wilkinson power divider in a wide bandwidth. The required even mode and odd mode reflection coefficients of the isolation network are calculated. Constructed even and odd mode circuits are combined to give the desired isolation network. Analytical expressions for the optimal component values for a single-section divider are given. Compared with the single-section Wilkinson divider, the final design can triple the bandwidth for an input-output return loss and isolation of greater than 25 dB. Broadband characteristic is achieved without increasing the number of sections hence extra length and insertion loss are avoided. Wide operation bandwidth of the new divider is verified by experimental results. The proposed method can be applied to a two-section divider, also broadening its bandwidth. © 1963-2012 IEEE.
Wideband power divider