Published November 9, 2007

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Alexander Dmiterko from UkrDBG has submitted this month's question:

Dear Harlan,

I am a student from Ukraine working on a power amplifier (PA) for wireless systems. I want to use a defected ground structure (DGS) technique for improving the PA's linearity. I have found some papers regarding this theme. It appears that one can calculate the parameters of an equivalent LC circuit using S-parameters of DGS, but how can I calculate the dimensions of DGS for obtaining the desired S-parameters? Can we obtain it within experiment and simulation if they do not calculate?

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