Waveguide tees - E-plane tee and H-plane tee

In RF and microwave circuits, a waveguide or coaxial line junction with 3 ports is known as tee junction. This devices are mainly used for combining power and splitting power in a waveguide system.

The waveguide tees are 3 port components and are mainly of two types E-plane tee connected in series and H-plane tee connected in shunt with section or branch of main waveguide transmission line. The operations and functions of these waveguide tee types including difference between E-plane tee and H-plane tee are explained below.

E-Plane Tee (Series Tee)

E plane tee

In E-plane tee, axis of the side arm is parallel to the E field, the same is shown in the figure-1.

As shown in figure, this E-plane tee type is perfectly matched using screw or capacitive or inductive windows at junction. As there is no reflection, diagonal S parameters of scattering matrix will be zero. Hence S11, S22 and S33 are zero. For matched junction, S matrix will be as depicted in the figure-1 in equation-(1).

When the waves are fed into port-3(side arm), the waves at port-1 and port-2 of collinear arms will be of same magnitude but opposite in the phase. Hence ,
S13 = -S23

Equation-(1) is for the perfectly matched junction, but in practice it will be poorly matched. S matrix when collinear arms are symmetric about the side arm is mentioned in equation-(2). Here, |S13| = |S23| and S11 = S22.

H-Plane Tee (Shunt Tee)

H plane tee

In H-plane tee, axis of the side arm is parallel to the H field, the same is shown in the figure-2.

In H plane tee, when two inputs are fed into port-1 and port-2 of the arms(collinear), output at port-3 will be in phase and also additive in nature. On the other side, if input is fed at port-3, the waves get split equally into port-1 and port-2 with in-phase and will have same magnitude. These properties of H-plane tee is used in waveguide power combiner and power divider.

S matrix of H-plane tee is same as mentioned for E-plane tee. The same is mentioned equation-(1) and equation-(2) in figure-1 except here S13 = S23.

As they are poor in providing good match, tuning screw is used to adjust the reactance of the system to obtain perfect impedance match.


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