Date of Award


Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering


Electrical Engineering


Dr. Vladimir Prodanov


In high frequency design, harmonic suppression is a persistent struggle. Non-linear devices such as switches and amplifiers produce unwanted harmonics which may interfere with other frequency bands. Filtering is a widely accepted solution, however there are various shortcomings involved. Suppressing multiple harmonics, if desired, with traditional lumped element and distributed component band-stop filters requires using multiple filters. These topologies are not easily made tunable either. A new filter topology is investigated called Electromagnetic Band-Gap (EBG) structures.

EBG structures have recently gained the interest of microwave designers due to their periodic nature which prohibits the propagation of certain frequency bands. EBG structures exhibit characteristics similar to that of a band-stop filter, but in periodically repeating intervals making it ideal for harmonic suppression. The band-gap frequency of an EBG structure may be varied by altering the periodicity of the structure. However, EBG materials are generally static in structure making tuning a challenge.

In this thesis, a novel solution for tuning the band-gap properties of an EBG structure is investigated. Designs aimed to improve upon existing solutions are reached. These designs involve acoustic and mechanical tuning methods. Performance is simulated using Agilent’s Advanced Design System (ADS) and a device is constructed and evaluated. Comparing all measured test cases to simulation, band-gap center frequency error is on average 4.44% and absolute band-gap rejection error is 1.358 dB.