Frequency-Tunable Notch Filter
Patent Application, Filed 12 Jun 2000
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A new type of frequency-tunable active notch filter achieves frequency selectivity through interaction among input derived signal components that are passed through parallel signal channels in a forward-only direction. The notch filter differs from earlier channelized notch filters by using multiple, instead of just one, bandpass channels that maintain required forward signal flow in the main, passband-determining signal path without signal distortion at passband frequencies. The new approach has been experimentally verified with a hybrid- integrated three-channel filter whose 40-dB-deep band-reject notch can be continuously tuned, with the help of voltage-controlled variable-capacitance elements, from 9.5 to 10.5 GHz. A single-pole bandpass filter tunes in frequency with the help of only one variable capacitance element, yet still maintains constant passband width across the tuning span. One feature of the bandpass filter is the achievement of constant notch bandwidth across the entire frequency-tuning span of the notch filter.
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