In our final problem set we used the impedance transformation for calculations related to a microslot antenna. This transformation wasn’t familiar to me, and is apparently covered in the third year ECE fields class. I found a derivation of this in [1], but the idea is really simple and follows from the reflection coefficient calculation for a normal reflection configuration.

Consider a normal field reflection between two interfaces, as sketched in fig. 1.

fig. 1. Normal reflection and transmission between two media.

The fields are

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:40}
\BE^\textrm{i} = \xcap E_0 e^{-j k_1 z}

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:60}
\BH^\textrm{i} = \ycap \frac{E_0}{\eta_1} e^{-j k_1 z}

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:80}
\BE^\textrm{r} = \xcap \Gamma E_0 e^{j k_1 z}

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:100}
\BH^\textrm{r} = -\ycap \Gamma \frac{E_0}{\eta_1} e^{j k_1 z}

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:120}
\BE^\textrm{t} = \xcap E_0 T e^{-j k_2 z}

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:140}
\BH^\textrm{t} = \ycap \frac{E_0}{\eta_1} T e^{-j k_2 z}.

The field orientations have been picked so that the tangential component of the electric field is $$\xcap$$ oriented for all of the incident, reflected, and transmitted components. Requiring equality of the tangential field components at the interface gives

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:180}
1 + \Gamma = T

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:200}
\inv{\eta_1} – \frac{\Gamma}{\eta_1} = \frac{T}{\eta_2}.

Solving for the transmission coefficient gives

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:220}
\begin{aligned}
T
&= \frac{2}{ 1 + \frac{\eta_1}{\eta_2} } \\
&= \frac{2 \eta_2}{ \eta_2 + \eta_1 },
\end{aligned}

and for the reflection coefficient

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:240}
\begin{aligned}
\Gamma
&= T – 1 \\
&= \frac{2 \eta_2 – \eta_1 – \eta_2}{ \eta_2 + \eta_1 } \\
&= \frac{\eta_2 – \eta_1 }{ \eta_2 + \eta_1 }.
\end{aligned}

The total fields in medium 1 at the point $$z = -l$$ are

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:280}
\BE^\textrm{i} + \BE^\textrm{r}
=
\xcap E_0 \lr{ e^{ -j k_1 (-l)} + \Gamma e^{ j k_1 (-l) } }

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:300}
\BH^\textrm{i} + \BH^\textrm{r}
=
\ycap \frac{E_0}{\eta_1} \lr{ e^{ -j k_1 (-l)} – \Gamma e^{ j k_1 (-l) }}.

The ratio of the electric field strength to the magnetic field strength is defined as the input impedance

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:320}
Z_{\textrm{in}} \equiv \evalbar{\frac{E^\textrm{i} + E^\textrm{r}}{H^\textrm{i} + H^\textrm{r}}}{ z = -l}.

That is

\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:340}
\begin{aligned}
Z_{\textrm{in}}
&=
\eta_1 \frac{
e^{ j k_1 l} + \Gamma e^{ -j k_1 l }
}{
e^{ j k_1 l} – \Gamma e^{ -j k_1 l }
} \\
&=
\eta_1 \frac{
\lr{ \eta_1 + \eta_2} e^{ j k_1 l} + \lr{ \eta_2 – \eta_1} e^{ -j k_1 l }
}{
\lr{ \eta_1 + \eta_2} e^{ j k_1 l} – \lr{ \eta_2 – \eta_1} e^{ -j k_1 l }
} \\
&=
\eta_1 \frac{
\eta_2 \cos( k_1 l ) + \eta_1 j \sin( k_1 l)
}{
\eta_2 j \sin( k_1 l ) + \eta_1 \cos( k_1 l)
},
\end{aligned}

or
\label{eqn:impedanceTransformation:360}
\boxed{
Z_{\textrm{in}}
=
\eta_1 \frac{
\eta_2 + j \eta_1 \tan( k_1 l)
}{
\eta_1 + j \eta_2 \tan( k_1 l )
}.
}

# References

[1] Constantine A Balanis. Advanced engineering electromagnetics, chapter {Reflection and transmission}. Wiley New York, 1989.