Broadband, lightweight, low profile passive phased array

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-09-C-0472
Agency Tracking Number: N092-102-0527
Amount: $149,972.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2009
Solitcitation Topic Code: N092-102
Solitcitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
FIRST RF CORPORATION
4865 Sterling Drive, Boulder, CO, 80301
Duns: 125961123
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Farzin Lalezari
 Principal Investigator
 (303) 449-5211
 flalezari@firstrf.com
Business Contact
 Theresa Boone
Title: Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (303) 449-5211
Email: tboone@firstrf.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The FIRST RF design combines cutting-edge technology in broadband phased array elements and high impedance metamaterials to produce a lightweight, low profile antenna array covering UHF through C-band frequencies. The array architecture minimizes the variation in gain and beamwidth over a nearly 20:1 bandwidth using a straightforward aperture architecture that avoids complex frequency-dependent excitation schemes. Wide scan volume is supported at all frequencies without grating lobes. Conventional broadband arrays use absorbing cavities to achieve a low profile and wide bandwidth, but at the cost of sacrificing antenna efficiency. The FIRST RF approach achieves efficient low frequency performance in a low profile using exciting emerging technologies in manufacturable, lightweight RF metamaterials. The techniques shrink the depth of the antenna to a small fraction of a wavelength while simultaneously mitigating interaction with the host platform and maintaining maximum efficiency. The phase 1 effort will demonstrate the critical antenna element and metamaterial technologies in small subarrays, with larger array demonstration planned for phase II.

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