Radar Cross Section Reduction using High Temperature Superconductors

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$300,000.00
Award Year:
1996
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
27893
Agency Tracking Number:
27893
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
335 Paint Branch Drive, College Park, MD, 20742
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
K.s. Harshavardhan
(301) 314-9937
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) electrically small antennas have high radiation efficiency and directivity that is clearly superior to conventional metal antenna systems. These small antennas have correspondingly small radar cross sections (RCS) that can all but be eliminated on demand by making the radiating element lossy. In the present Phase I feasibility study, we will undertake two innovative switching approaches that can deactivate the antenna element within a few microseconds involving a relatively mature silicon on sapphire (SOS) technology. The approach will require HTS film deposition, design, fabrication and testing of the switch using a discrete MOS device mounted on a coplanar HTS line deposited on sapphire substrates. We will investigate processing techniques in Phase I. Fabrication of complete antenna systems will be undertaken in Phase II efforts.

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