A dual-purpose probe applicable both to permittivity measurements and ablation of biological materials has been developed. For these purposes, a planar-type open-ended coaxial probe was used as an applicator due to its capabilities of broadband permittivity measurements and near-field ablation. In order to maintain highly efficient power transfer during ablation, an impedance matching network is designed. To verify the dual-purpose probe, the complex permittivity of several biological materials was measured, and a block of pork muscle was ablated. As a result, permittivity measurements were successfully achieved nearly up to 20 GHz, and the surface temperature of pork muscle was raised up to 70°C with only 31 dBm of incident power at 18 GHz.
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Acknowledgments: This work was supported by the Brain Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (2015M3C7A1028393), and Brain Korea 21 Plus Project in 2017.