Design of a Flexible Planar RFID Tag Antenna with Low Performance Degradation from Nearby Target Objects

  • Choo, Jae-Yul (Department of Electrical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)) ;
  • Ryoo, Jeong-Ki (RFID Research Lab., LS Industrial Systems Co., Ltd.) ;
  • Choo, Ho-Sung (School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Hongik University)
  • Received : 2010.05.31
  • Accepted : 2010.11.10
  • Published : 2011.03.31


In this letter, we propose a novel tag antenna that has low performance degradation with nearby dielectric material. We obtained a stable reading performance and a broad matching bandwidth on nearby dielectric materials by employing a T-matching network with thick line width and capacitively slot-loaded arms. We then built the proposed antenna and measured the tag sensitivity to examine the reading characteristics with nearby dielectric materials. The measured results clearly demonstrate stable tag sensitivity with various nearby dielectric materials, such as foam, acrylic-plastic, glass, and ceramic plates. To more closely observe the antenna characteristics with nearby dielectric materials, we also examined the impedance variation and surface current distribution with respect to the dielectric constant of nearby target objects, which ranged from $1{\times}{\varepsilon}_0$ to $16{\times}{\varepsilon}_0$.


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