LOW COST PIEZO-ELECTRONIC PHASED-ARRAY ANTENNA

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$511,825.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
15896
Agency Tracking Number:
15896
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
26670 Agoura Rd, Calabasas, CA, 91302
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr Gerald E Pollon
Principal Investigator
(818) 880-5494
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE DESIRE FOR A LOW-COT PHASED-ARRAY HAS BEEN THE FOCUS OF ANTENNA TECHNOLOGY FOR AS LONG AS THESE SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN USED. FOR A WHILE MMIC TECHNOLOGY SEEMED TO OFFER A SOLUTION, BUT DESPITE SEVERAL YEARS OF ENDEAVOR LOW COST, WITH REASONABLE PERFORMANCE, IF NOT WITHIN SIGHT. MALIBU RESEARCH BELIEVES A DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT MATERIAL APPROACH IS CALLED FOR. RECENTLY MALIBU RESEARCH HAS DEVELOPED A PHASED-SURFACE TECHNOLOGY FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THIN, LOW COST ELECTROMAGNETIC STRUCTURES HAVING THE CAPABILITY OF STEERING INCIDENT RF IN ARRAYS OF PRINTED CIRCUIT DIPOLES ON A THIN DIELECTRIC SUBSTRATE. WE HAVE USED THIS METHOD SUCCESSFULLY TO IMPLEMENT ANTENNA AND CONTROLLED SCATTERING SURFACES OF C-BAND, KU-BAND, KA-BAND AND W-BAND, AS DESCRIBED IN OUR PROPOSAL. IN THE PRESENT DESIGNS THE BEAM IS NOT STEERED, HOWEVER AS IS SHOWN HEREIN, IF A PIEZOELECTRIC MATERIAL IS USED AS THE SUBSTRATE THEN VOLTAGE MODULATION OF THIS WILL RESULT IN AN ELECTRONICALLY STEERABLE BEAM. FURTHERMORE THE NATURE OF THE REFLECTIVE SURFACE OPERATION IN INHERENTLY LEADS TO LOW LOSSES AND THE POTENTIAL FOR VERY LOW MANUFACTURING COST. THE PROPOSED SBIR PROJECT WILL ESTABLISH THE FEASIBILITY OF THIS PIEZO-ELECTRONIC SCAN ANTENNA CONCEPT BY MEANS OF RESEARCH, ANALYSIS, SIMULATION AND ANTENNA DESIGN.

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