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W-Band RF Instrumentation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-19-P-0024
Agency Tracking Number: A18B-002-0152
Amount: $149,951.42
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: A18B-T002
Solicitation Number: 18.B
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-03-11
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-09-30
Small Business Information
United States
DUNS: 609463302
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Yes
Principal Investigator
 Vincent Stenger
 Principal Research Engineer
 (614) 799-0664
Business Contact
 Sri Sriram
Phone: (614) 799-0664
Research Institution
 Duke University
 Ms. Kathleen Cahill Ms. Kathleen Cahill
180B Hudson Hall Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Durahm, NC 27708
United States

 (919) 660-5286
 Nonprofit College or University

W-band millimeter waves have a number of important applications, including directed energy and, more recently, 5G FR2 network development. Reliable measurements of electric fields in the W-Band, while critical to the development of these applications, have proven challenging. This proposal addresses the development of an accurate, traceable, cost effective W-band RF field strength detector. The solution proposed consists of an advanced detector technology which possesses the ability to detect the field strengths of W-band radiation over a broad range of input powers. Through optimized device geometries, sensors will be tailored to provide efficient detection of free-space radiation over the entire W-band. Additional operating modes are available for vector measurement of frequency dependent magnitude and phase of the incoming W-band energy. While advanced in capabilities and performance, the technology is also compact and cost effective. Under this proposal, prototype W-band sensors will be fabricated, and W-band power intensities will be measured for validation. Calibration strategies will also be addressed for integration of the sensor into self-calibrating instrumentation.

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