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create_bmp_for_stripline_coupler(1) General Commands Manual create_bmp_for_stripline_coupler(1)


create_bmp_for_stripline_coupler - bitmap generator for coupler with thin striplines between two infinitely wide groundplanes (part of atlc)


create_bmp_for_stripline_coupler [-C] [-b bitmapsize] [-v] H w s Er outputfile


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create_bmp_for_stripline_coupler is a pre-processor for atlc, the finite difference program that is used to calculate the properties of a two and three conductor electrical transmission lines of arbitrary cross section. The program create_bmp_for_stripline_coupler is used as a fast way of generating bitmaps (there is no need to use a graphics program), for a pair of 1 pixel thick conductors of width w, spaced a distance s apart, inside a pair of groundplanes of separation H. This has an exact analytical answer, when the inner is infinitely thin and the overall width W is infinitely wide. This theoretical impedance is calculated and printed to stderr if the -v option is given on create_bmp_for_stripline_coupler's command line.

----------------------------------------------------- ^
| | |
| Er | |
| | |
| ----------- ----------- | H
| <----w----><--s--><----w----> | |
| | |
| | |
| | |
----------------------------------------------------- v

The overall width W is calculated internally to be large enough that making it any larger will have negligible effect on the results. The dielectric is assumed that of vacuum.

The bitmaps produced by create_bmp_for_stripline_coupler are 24-bit bit colour bitmaps, as are required by atlc.


Print the full copyright information and exit.

-b bitmapsize
is used to set the size of the bitmap, and so the accuracy to which atlc is able to calculate the coupler's properties. The default value for 'bitmapsize' is normally 18 although this can be set at compile time. (see 'DEFAULT_COUPLER_BITMAP_SIZE' in definitions.h). The value can be set anywhere from 6 to 28. The size of bitmap produced will be between 2^(bitmapsize-1) and 2^(bitmapsize+1), so if its set to 28 the bitmap could be as big as 512 Mb, which would take an eternity to compute.

Print some extra data to stdout on the theoretical impedance of the structure. This is useful to compare with the numerical result from atlc


In the first example, a standard coupler is created, where the

eg1. create_bmp_for_stripline_coupler 1.23 0.7 1.2 1.0 coupler.bmp
eg2. create_bmp_for_stripline_coupler -b 8 1.23 0.7 3.3 small.bmp
eg3. create_bmp_for_stripline_coupler -v 12 1.23 0.7 4.8 theory.bmp


atlc(1) create_bmp_for_circ_in_circ(1) create_bmp_for_circ_in_rect(1) create_bmp_for_microstrip_coupler(1) create_bmp_for_rect_cen_in_rect(1) create_bmp_for_rect_cen_in_rect_coupler(1) create_bmp_for_rect_in_circ(1) create_bmp_for_rect_in_rect(1) create_bmp_for_symmetrical_stripline(1) design_coupler(1) find_optimal_dimensions_for_microstrip_coupler(1) readbin(1) - Home page - Download area
atlc-X.Y.Z/docs/html-docs/index.html - HTML docs
atlc-X.Y.Z/docs/qex-december-1996/atlc.pdf - theory paper
atlc-X.Y.Z/examples - examples


Dr. David Kirkby PhD, drkirkby at


Copyright (c) 2002 Dr. David Kirkby.

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atlc-.4.6.0 6th Dec 2003 Dr. David Kirkby