A new defected ground structure (DGS) consisting of concentric circular rings in different configurations is experimentally studied to examine the stopband characteristics. Unlike previous DGS designs, a metallic shielding is introduced at the back of the DGS to suppress any leakage or radiation, and this would be advantageous for microwave circuit applications. A wide stopband is demonstrated with a set of prototypes designed for X-band. Its application to suppressing mutual coupling in microstrip patch arrays is demonstrated. © 2006 IEEE.