Surface Mounted Communications Antennae using Microstructure

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$99,956.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68936-08-C-0070
Agency Tracking Number:
N073-180-0075
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
N07-180
Solicitation Number:
2007.3
Small Business Information
SPECTRA RESEARCH, INC.
2790 Indian Ripple Road, Russ Research Center, Dayton, OH, 45440
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
603299207
Principal Investigator:
Daniel Reuster, PhD
Director of Engineering
(937) 320-5999
dreuster@spectra-research.com
Business Contact:
Jerry Capozzi
President / COO
(937) 320-5999
capozzij@spectra-research.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The objective of the proposed research program is twofold. Spectra Research will demonstrate new computational tools and design methodologies for optimizing antenna performance of electrically small antennas and antenna arrays. In addition, Spectra Research will show advanced antenna constructs that incorporate metamaterials to reduce EMI, coupling, profile/size, and to increase radiation efficiency in broadband communication antennas mounted on advanced composite platforms. The proliferation of antenna systems on the modern airborne platforms (such as the N-UCAS) that utilize advanced planar composite technology places great demand on the development of tools and technologies for the design and integration of small communication antennas and broadband antenna arrays. Incorporating additional antennas into the platform often causes an issue with parasitic coupling and electromagnetic interference (EMI) between radiating or receiving structures. As a consequence, new antenna concepts that provide for multiple functions in a common aperture must be explored and perfected. Advanced antenna design tools and techniques must accurately simulate the antenna structure and optimize the antenna performance, while exploiting the advantages of a complicated electromagnetic environment that may include custom materials (ie. electronic bandgap (EBG) structures) as well as artificial dielectrics and magnetics.

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