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1. (WO2010112857) WIDE BAND ARRAY ANTENNA
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CLAIMS

1. An antenna array including a plurality of elements, the elements including at least one element of a first type and at least four elements of a second type wherein the element of the first type comprises part of two balanced feeds with two elements of the second type and the element of the first type is capacitively coupled to two further elements of the second type.

2. An antenna array according to claim 1 including further elements of the first type and arranged such that each element of the second type is both capacitively coupled to an element of the first type and also forms part of a balanced feed with an element of the first type.

3. An antenna array according to claim 2 wherein each element of the second type is only capacitively coupled to one element of the first type and also forms part of only one balanced feed with an element of the first type.

4. An antenna array according to any of the above claims wherein the elements are non-dipole in shape.

5. An antenna array according to claim 4 wherein the elements are circular or polygonal in shape.

6. An antenna array according to claim 5 wherein the elements have an area of non-conductive material in their centres.

7. An antenna array according to claim 6 wherein the elements are ring-shaped.

8. An antenna array according to claim 7 wherein each element is shaped as an octagonal ring.

9. An antenna array according to any of the above claims wherein the elements are arranged in a planar array.

10. An antenna array according to claim 9 further including a ground plane separated from the planar element array by a layer of dielectric material.

11. An antenna array according to claim 10 wherein the dielectric material layer is expanded polystyrene foam.

12. An antenna array according to any of the above claims wherein for each element of the first type the four elements of the second type associated with it are spaced equally around it.

13. An antenna array according to any of the above claims in which the capacitive coupling between elements is achieved by areas of those elements being interdigitated.