A practical design technique for a compact forward-coupled microstrip bandpass filter structure is introduced based on a computer-aided simulation and optimization software TUMIC. The structure consists of a parallel array of fully aligned half-wavelength resonators. Aimed at the application in the front-end receiver of a GSM base station, a 9-pole high-temperature superconductor filter with 2.6% fractional bandwidth at 1732.5 MHz was designed and fabricated using double-sided YBCO thin films on a 30-mm x 30-mm X 0.5-mm LaAlO3 wafer. The S-parameter measurements show a good agreement with the simulated results. At 30 K, the filter has less than 0.4-dB insertion loss, 0.3-dB passband ripple, and better than 12-dB return loss.
- microstrip bandpass filter
- high-temperature superconductor (HTS)
- wireless communications