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CMOS Compatible Deposition of Multi-Ferroic Films for Tunable Microwave Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-18-C-0095
Agency Tracking Number: A2-7159
Amount: $499,999.78
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A17-019
Solicitation Number: 2017.1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-27
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-26
Small Business Information
21 A Street, Burlington, MA, 01803
DUNS: 829501225
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yuan Gao
 (617) 909-0158
Business Contact
 Hui Lu
Phone: (978) 376-4205
Research Institution
Built upon the progress in Phase I period, Winchester Technologies, LLC proposes to investigate practical magnetoelectric antennas during the Phase II period for different applications. State of the art antennas suffer from three major open challenges: (1) large antenna size, (2) antenna impedance mismatch; (3) ground plane effect. This is because state of the art antennas are based on oscillating electric currents in electrical conductor(s), which leads to large antenna sizes more than 1/10 of the electromagnetic (EM) wavelength. The proposed acoustically actuated ME antennas solves all three open challenges at the same time. The PIs are the first and only team that has demonstrated ultra-compact acoustically actuated RF magnetoelectric antennas with their size comparable to the acoustic wavelength, instead of their electromagnetic wavelength. Since acoustic wavelength is ~10-5 of electromagnetic wavelength, these magnetoelectric antennas are much more compact than state of the art compact antennas with excellent antenna impedance matching. In addition, these magnetoelectric antennas use acoustically driven magnetic currents, not electric currents, for radiation, thus are conformal antennas immune from ground plane effect. The end goal of Phase II will be to deliver practical ME antennas for both military and civilian applications.

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