Advanced Metamaterial (MTM) Rapidly Reconfigurable Common Aperture Antenna

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N66001-09-C-0053
Agency Tracking Number: N072-152-0078
Amount: $678,181.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: N07-152
Solitcitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
Spectra Research, Inc.
2790 Indian Ripple Road, Russ Research Center, Dayton, OH, 45440
Duns: 603299207
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gordon Little
 Chief Scientist
 (937) 320-5999
 glittle@spectra-research.com
Business Contact
 Jerry Capozzi
Title: Chief Scientist
Phone: (937) 320-5999
Email: capozzij@spectra-research.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The proliferation of antennas for communications, radar, and ESM roles on the modern military platform places greater demand for available surface area. A basic problem arises from the situation that as additional antennas are incorporated into platforms, there is an increasing issue with parasitic coupling and electromagnetic interference (EMI) between radiating and receiving structures. During the Phase II activity, Spectra Research will demonstrate its advanced computational tools and design methodologies for optimizing performance for ultra broadband antennas to alleviate many of these issues. The Spectra Research suite of EM tools allows for the exploitation of the advantages associated with custom materials such as metamaterials, electronic bandgap (EBG) structures, and artificial dielectrics/magnetics. The primary objective of this program will be to develop a reduced footprint, 30-3000 MHz antenna. In addition we will demonstrate antenna constructs incorporating advanced materials to reduce EMI, coupling, and antenna size while increasing radiation efficiency in a common aperture structure. For this Phase II program, Spectra Research will leverage its recent accomplishments in advanced antenna designs in the application of fragmented aperture and fragmented volume technologies. The work will exploit the research team’s FDTD algorithms and broad experience in advanced materials.

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