Robust On-Body Antenna Based on Discretized Planar Surfaces

Riku Kormilainen, Konsta Langi, Anu Lehtovuori, Ville Viikari*

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This paper presents a novel on-body antenna consisting of discretized metallic patch elements connected with lumped components. The antenna is designed to on-body application, and it could be placed, e.g., to the sling of the backpack. Since most of the human body is composed of water, it has a significant effect on antenna performance. The main effects include detuning of the antenna and a deteriorating radiation efficiency. The proposed antenna inherently resists the detuning effects as compared to a conventional antenna. Therefore, the antenna provides a robust operation in various user scenarios. The details of the structure and element values are optimized with a readily available method that enables the optimization of lumped components to improve the total efficiency. The results show that a 400 MHz bandwidth can be achieved with reasonable efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 International Workshop on Antenna Technology, iWAT 2023
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)979-8-3503-3408-1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA4 Conference publication
EventInternational Workshop on Antenna Technology - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 15 May 202317 May 2023


ConferenceInternational Workshop on Antenna Technology
Abbreviated titleiWAT


  • optimization
  • planar antenna
  • wearable antenna
  • wireless body area network (WBAN)


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