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Publication numberUS2599753 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 10, 1952
Filing dateJan 11, 1946
Priority dateJan 11, 1946
Publication numberUS 2599753 A, US 2599753A, US-A-2599753, US2599753 A, US2599753A
InventorsGardner Fox Arthur
Original AssigneeBell Telephone Labor Inc
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Wave guide phase shifter
US 2599753 A
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June 10, 1952 5, FQX 2,599,753


INVENTOR 2L By A 6. FOX I 1 -2x 7 ATTORNEY Patented June 10, 1952 WAVE GUIDE PHASE SHIFTER Arthur Gardner Fox, Eatontown, N. .L, assignor to Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated, New York, N. Y., a corporation of New York Application January 11, 1946, Serial No. 640,498

1 Claim. 1

This invention relates to the transmission of electro-magnetic waves and more particularly to phase shifters for use in connection with wave guides.

An object of the invention is to simplify and improve the construction and operation of phase shifters including, especially, adjustable phase shifters.

A feature of the invention is a section of wave guide comprising a conductive boundary, an enclosed dielectric medium and longitudinally disposed therein a plate of dielectric material having a dielectric constant substantially different from that of said medium.

A feature of the invention is a microwave phase shifter comprising a section of wave guide loaded by a plate of high dielectric constant disposed longitudinally in the guide section. The wave transmission characteristics will differ for mutually perpendicular orientations of linearly polarized waves referred to the dielectric plate as a reference axis.v

Another. feature of the invention is a wave guide phase shifter having a dielectric plate therein adapted to provide a predetermined phase shift over a broad band of frequencies.

A further feature of the invention is a wave guide phase shifter that alters the phase velocity of the waves having a certain polarization by a substantially greater amount than waves polarized perpendicular thereto.

Still another feature of the invention is a reflectionless wave guide phase shifter having a low loss dielectric plate therein proportioned to transform a linearly polarized wave into a circularly polarized wave.

Other objects, features and advantages will be apparent from the detailed specification taken in connection with the accompanying drawings wherein:

Fig. 1 shows a cylindrical wave guide;

Fig. 1A shows a wave guide phase shifter having an internal dielectric plate in accordance .with the invention;

Figs. 2, 2A, 2B show explanatory electric force diagrams;

Figs. 3, 3A show a modification of the wave guide phase shifter;

Figs. 4, 4A show modifications of the dielectric plate element; and

Figs. 5, 5A show a modified wave guide phase shifter for square pipes.

Phase shifters involving a section of wave guide provided with internal diametrical rods suitably spaced apart, have been disclosed in the United States patent applications, Serial No.

464,333, filed November 3, 1942, by A. G. Fox, now 1 Patent No. 2,438,119, issued March 23, 1948, and

Serial No. 469,897, filed December 23, 1942, by D,

H. Ring, now Patent No. 2,425,345, issued August,

12, 1947. The phase shifting action in these devices is developed essentially from the transmission properties of a single frequency or relatively narrow band wave filter.

Phase shifters involving a section of wave guide waves polarized perpendicular thereto, have been disclosed in the United States patent application of W. A. Tyrrell, Serial No. 590,365, filed April 26, 1945, now Patent No. 2,546,840, issued March 27, 1951. q

The phase shifters in accordance with the present invention overcome the limitations inherent in critical resonance or narrow band phase shifters, and are characterized by the broad-band transmission characteristics of a uniformly loaded wave guide such'as is disclosed in the United States Patent 2,199,083 issued April 30, 1940, to S. A. Schelkunoff.

In accordance with an embodiment of the in vention a phase shifter comprises a section of wave guide having a dielectric plate or septum I therein, such as polystyrene or the like, with a high dielectric constant'for providing a prede-- termined shift in the phase of a wave propagated therethrough. The dielectric plate will alter the phase velocity of all polarizations of waves. However, waves linearly polarized parallel thereto will be retarded to a greater degree than waves polarized perpendicular thereto. In practice it is desirable to so design the plate that the velocities of the waves of these two principle polarizations are as unequal as possible, so that the phase shift differential between them will be as great- The plate may be dimensioned and shaped to provide a predetermined difi'erential' 'de-* as possible.

phase shift, and more particularly a'90 or gree differential shift.

The'phase shifter may be rendered practically reilectionless by capacitive reactance screws, so

oriented and adjusted as to provide a compem sating and neutralizing reflection.

The term dominant wave as used in this specification denotes a wave corresponding to that particular mode having the lowest possible 1 dicated arrow; 1

the guide. At the same instant, the. phase at 1A and 3A, results in an altered cut oif, wave- 3 cut-off frequency in a pipe of predetermined cross-section.

The term linear polarization as applied to wave guides, denotes a state of the electromagnetic field, wherein the electric force vector at 5 the center of the wave guide cross-section, executes as a function of time, simple harmonic motion on astraight line. 7

Similarly, the terms circular and elliptical polarization are characterized by an electric force 10 V 1 separate phase velocities, corresponding to waves seamed parallel and perpendicular to the plane of the plate, respectively, as illustrated in vector at the center of the guide executing a cir cular or elliptical sweep respectively as a-function i of time variation. U

Analytically, an elliptical polarized wave may be compounded from two linearly polarized waves i of the same frequency, whose axes of polarization,

are perpendicular and whose relative amplitudes and phases are different. Accordingly, fronrthisviewpoint circular polarization represents a 2.1291711 and 2,129,712 both issued September 13,

1938, to which reference isherewith made.

.Thephase velocity or propagation of waves in anrempty-hollow pipe wave guide is given by V r c a X r V 1 Where 0 equals the volocity of light in vacuo, A equals the wavelength in vacuc and )\c equals the critical, or cut-off wavelength associated with the propagation of a particular wave mode and a particular cross-section of pipe. H 4 *From the formula it is apparent that the phase velocityo in a hollow pipe wave guide will always bef i'eatr than c and that 'u approaches c as the-wavelength 7 is made small relative to M thecut-off wavelength. r Referring toFig. l,- which shows a cylindrical wave guide pipe? *of uniform circular crosssection, assumethat input waves-of the dominant mode'are applied thereto at the left and propagate therethroughin the directionof the in- 5o Atanygiven instant, the wavesat any arbitrary cross-section A will have a certain phase PA, with respect to some fixed reference point in some other cross-sectionB will correspondingly be ins. a a The phase difference between points A and B will thenbeexpressed-by the formula sB-a=1- 360= 3a 2 9 where; V Ag=the wavelength within the guide;

f=thefrequency of the wave oscillations; and

L=distance between A, B..

From Equation 2, it is apparentthat 'for a given frequency; the phase difference between two given points is dependent only upon the phase velocity .v. 7 V 7 The introduction of. a. longitudinal dielectric plate I into the circular guide,as shown in Figs.

length As and phase velocity v', respectively,

waste-as the dielectric plate definitely alters 0 formly the phase velocity and critical cut-off frequency for polarizations or orientations of electric field parallel thereto, it has practically a much smaller effect on the corresponding perpendicular polarizations. For such perpendicular polarizations the plate may be considered to produce a second altered cut-off wavelength M" and phase velocity v". J

Therefore, a guide section with a longitudinal dielectric plate may be considered to have two Figs. 2A and 213, respectively.

Ihe phase difference between points A and B for waves polarized parallel to the plate is whereas for the perpendicular polarization e 1 A"={# seo 4) The differential phase shift, that'is, the difference in phase between transmitted waves in the two orientations is given by ,The term difierential phase -s'hifti-a's used herein, denotes a difference in the electrical length of, two transmission paths. In the wave guide phase shifter disclosed, these two' paths are present within the same vsection of, wave guide and result from the introduction of the dielectric plate therein, which may be considered the analog of a transmission linewith uni distributed capacitive loading. The distributed capacitive loading aifects differently the transmission of the two sets o flinea'rly polarized waves, whose axes of polarization are mutually perpendicular. Having chosen a particular dielectric for the material of theplate and a particular shape therefor, both of which factors determine a specific difference infphase velocities, then any'desiredphaseshiftmay be achieved by a suitablechoice of the longitudinal dimension or length L.

Such a diiferential phase'shift section may the present invention comprises a low loss'dielectric plate I of polystyrene, attached within fthe guide section so as to possess both 'raldial'and longitudinal extent as illustrated in Fig. 'lA, The plate 1 may extend only part way across the guide section like a fin or completely in a diametr'al plate as shown, and more preferably should possess ahigh dielectric constant, a f i Thereby a pair of geometrical *axesjmutually perpendicular is 'set up within "the wave guide" or 0 wave guide section, to which willfco'rrespon'dthe aforementioned different propagation andt'ra'nsmission characteristics, lTheeff'ect ofthe diametral plate I on wave transmission will accord.-

mg1yjde enu'upc itsori'entatioh with'respectfto "the polarization of the waves. r'or "simplicity hereinafter, the discussionwill be limited to the dominant modeof Wave propagation.

' Fig. 2 shows the approximate configuration of the electric lines of force in, a uniform circular wave guide as set up by a linear polarized wave. Fig. 2A shows qualitatively the electric force configuration established by thepresence of a diametral dielectric plate in the wave guide, wherein the plane of the plate coincides with the direction of polarization as indicated; while Fig. 2B represents the lines of force, when the plate is perpendicular to the direction of polarization. These indicate that the field pattern and hence the transmission characteristics are more profoundly altered when the plate is parallel to the electric field.

In some practical applications, the phase shifter may form an integral part of a main wave guide ormay be inserted therein or connected thereto as a rotatable joint in the manner more fully disclosed in the United States application of A. G. Fox, Serial No. 464,333, filed November 3, 1942, now Patent No. 2,438,119, issued March 23, 1948.

The manner of operation of these wave guide 1 phase shifters may be inferred from the general discussion above, and will now be described with more particularity.

The projection of the plate into the wave guide section along a diametral plane thereof acts to increase the cut-ofi wave-length for the parallel polarization case shown in Fig. 2A, and according to Equation 1, decreases the phase velocity relative to the values appropriate for Figs. 2 or 2B.

Let it be assumed that a linearly polarized, dominant wave is incident upon a phase shifter and let the angle between the axis of polarization and the plane of the dielectric plate be denoted by p. The incident wave may be regarded as the resultant of two linearly polarized components in phase, whose axes of polarization are parallel and perpendicular, respectively, to the plane of the plate. The relative amplitudes of the orthogonal components will be related as cosine 13 to sine B. The components will propagate through the wave guide phase shifter with differing phase velocities, the component parallel to the dielectric plate traveling slower. In their progress therethrough the components acquire a phase difference, which increases with the dis tance of wave penetration into the phase shifter. The total phase shift developed between the two components will depend essentially upon the length of the plate, its thickness and the dielectric constant of the material of which it is made and by proper proportioning of these dimensions and factors, any desired phase shift may be secured. When the componentsemerge from the phase shifter, therefore, the resultant will in general have been transformed from the input linearly polarized wave to an output elliptically polarized wave.

There are two special cases, however, which are of special importance, namely, the 90-degree phase shifter and the 180-degree phase shifter. Thus, when a linearly polarized wave is incident upon a 90-degree (differential) phase shifter having the plane of the dielectric plate at an angle ,8 of 45 degrees to the axis of polarization, the emerging wave will come out circularly polarized. For other values of the angle ,9 the waves will, in general, emerge elliptically polarized.

The 180-degree phase shifter possesses the significant property that an incident, linearly polarized wave will emerge linearly polarized for all a: values of the angle 5. However, in general, a change in orientation of the polarization vector will result. 7 Y s As previously disclosed, a longitudinal dielectric plate causes not only a change in phase velocity but also in characteristic impedance relative to the-uniform wave guide section. An abrupt transition in impedance properties between the principal guide and the phase shift section would result in. undesirable and disturbing reflections.

To eliminate or to neutralize, and minimize such effects, capacitive reactance screws 2 (Fig. 3), as disclosed in United States Patent No. 2,432,093 issued December 9, 1947, to A. G. Fox, are provided to set up counteracting reflections, whereby the overall transmission will be essen-. tially reflectionless. I

Alternatively, the phase shifting dielectric'plate may be made inherently reflectionless by means of impedance matching terminal portions, disclosed in Figs. 4 and 4A. In Fig. 4, the dielectric. plate I has tapered terminal portions 3 adaptedv to provide a smooth transition and match into the impedance of the principal guide. Alternatively, the impedance matching terminals may be in the form ofa tapering notch 4 as shown in Fig. 4A.

It has been stated earlier that in general the presence of a dielectric plate affects the phase velocities of waves polarized both parallel with and perpendicular to the plate. If, however, the plate is very thin, then the waves polarized perpendicular to the plate are affected only to a negligible extent. In order for such a plate to be effective, it must have a very high dielectric constant. For dielectrics of moderate dielectric constant such as are in common use, a plate of negligible thickness would, have negligible effect on waves of both polarizations. Consequently plates of appreciable thickness must generally be used. On the other hand, if the plate is made so thick that it completely fills the waveguide, then waves of both polarizations will be slowed down equally and there will be no difierential phase shift. Consequently there must be a plate of some intermediate thickness which will produce a maximum of differential phase shift.

This optimum thickness of plate can, of course, be determined either theoretically or experimentally. However, the theory of wave guides partially filled with solid dielectric is so complex that it is preferable to determine the optimum plate thickness experimentally. This may readily be done by starting with a thick plate and shaving it down in steps, measuring the differential phase shift at each step, and in this way determining a curve of differential phase shift versus plate thicknes from which the optimum plate thickness may be read off. For polystyrene plates in circular or square wave guide the optimum thickness will be of the order of but somewhat less than half the diameter or width of the wave guide.

Whereas the dielectric material referred to'in this specification has been primarily polystyrene, it should be understood that other low loss dielectrics preferably of high dielectric constant may be used in lieu thereof such as polystyrene loaded with lead chloride, rutile, metallic titanates, and ceramics of strontium titanate or calcium titanate.

Dielectric plates of increasing thickness may be utilized to shorten the length L of the phase shift section required to provide a predetermined phase-sh m. "Various stapes :for the conductive United'States-application "O'f Al GwFox sl ihl NO.

461,333, filed November 3, 1942.

While the invention has been-iilustratedin specific forms for the purpose 'of'the disclosure; it will b'e apparent that modifications thereof or therein may bem'ade by the persons skilled "in the art' v'rithout departing from the puvpcse and s'oe'peof the invention.

What is claimed is:

:A llrefiectiomessphase shifter for incident linearly polarized, dominant electromagnetic wavesmomprisinga; non-radiating, low losssection of uniform hoilow wave guide, a low loss dielectric plate disposed longitudinally between the end's of said section, collinear reactance screws disposed in the wall of said guide trans-- y saia ipietqsamipiete iiein asposedobn uei with respectt'o' "iaheineidentpolarization and having a thickness small with respect to ileng'thiiiiid width, whereby poiarization components 'ipamlie'l and perpendicular to said plate respectively are

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U.S. Classification333/21.00A, 333/159, 333/157, 333/34
International ClassificationH01P1/17, H01P1/18, H01P1/165
Cooperative ClassificationH01P1/172, H01P1/182
European ClassificationH01P1/17C, H01P1/18C