Frequency-Agile Ka-band Filters Based on Functionally Graded BST Thin Films

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-07-C-0073
Agency Tracking Number: A074-009-0030
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: A07-T009
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
STRUCTURED MATERIALS INDUSTRIES
201 Circle Drive North, Unit # 102, Piscataway, NJ, 08854
DUNS: 787144807
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nick Sbrockey
 Scientist
 (732) 302-9274
 sbrockey@structuredmaterials.com
Business Contact
 Gary Tompa
Title: President
Phone: (732) 302-9274
Email: GSTompa@structuredmaterials.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF CONNECTICUT
 Carol Welt
 438 Whitney Road Ext. U-1133
Storrs, CT, 6269
 (960) 486-4623
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
In this STTR program, Structured Materials Industries, Inc. www.structuredmaterials.com (SMI) will develop compact, efficient, radio frequency filters, that are widely tunable within the Ka-band (26 to 40 GHz). The tunable Ka-band filters will have properties not possible using present technology, including; high speed, low loss, low insertion loss and excellent temperature stability. Our technical approach will utilize tunable dielectric thin films, based on barium strontium titanate (BST). We will utilize functional grading to improve tunability and temperature stability of the films. We will also utilize metallic acceptor doping to reduce dielectric losses. In Phase I, we will optimize and demonstrate test device structures, through a combined theoretical and experimental approach. We will also develop optimized filter designs, to take maximum advantage of the optimized materials. In Phase II, we will develop and demonstrate fully functional and fully packaged tunable Ka-band filter prototypes. Also during Phase II, we will optimize low cost-of-ownership processes for depositing the optimized BST film structures by MOCVD. In Phase III, we will implement and commercialize the results for both military and commercial markets.

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