Nanodielectrics with Nonlinear Response for High Power Microwave Generation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9550-10-C-0028
Agency Tracking Number: F08A-030-0129
Amount: $749,922.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF08-T030
Solicitation Number: 2008.A
Small Business Information
2820 East College Avenue, State College, PA, 16801
DUNS: 782683007
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Seongtae Kwon
 Senior Scientist
 (814) 238-7485
Business Contact
 Wesley Hackenberger
Title: President
Phone: (814) 238-7485
Research Institution
 Pennsylvania State University
 Michael Lanagan
 187 MRL Building
Univeristy Park, PA, 16802
 (814) 865-6992
 Nonprofit college or university
Fine grained BST ceramics with high density has attractive properties including nonlinearity, low dielectric loss and high dielectric breakdown strength to realize high tunability. In Phase I program we demonstrated that modification of powder characteristics and composition in nano BST powder resulted in greater than 65% tunability at 250KV/cm with ~500KV/cm breakdown strength and Q value greater than 200 at 2GHz. In this Phase II program we propose to further modify the process to find the optimum properties for high power microwave generation application and research on scale up of the process for larger size and high volume prototype sample production. BENEFIT: Improved tunable dielectrics in general are applicable to a broad range of potential uses including broadband wireless communications and data transmission for which markets are very large. TRS¡¯s primary emaphases for this work will be high power military microwave systems which are likely to require bulk, high quality tunable materials rather than thin film devices. The development and fabrication of such materials in TRS¡¯s core competency.

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