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National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Engineered Metamaterials Enable Remarkably Small Antennas

Caption: This Z antenna tested at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is smaller than a standard antenna with comparable properties. Its high efficiency is derived from the "Z element" inside the square that acts as a metamaterial, greatly boosting the signal sent over the air. The square is 30 millimeters on a side.

Credit: C. Holloway/NIST

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