Reconfigurable Flat-Panel Antenna Array

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 36951
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1997
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
75 Aero Camino, Goleta, CA, 93117
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Thomas L. Larry, Ph.d
 (805) 968-6787
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Research Institution
Toyon Research Corporation will examine and optimize innovative reconfigurable flat panel antenna designs that provide broadband efficiency and maximum controllable directivity within a tightly constrained volume. These antenna designs will be based on microstrip and patch structures mounted on a conformable substrate. Reconfiguration will be accomplished using both reactive and switched (resistive) control devices embedded in the antenna structure. The application of photonically controlled loads and switches will also be considered. This is a new and rapidly developing technology that opens up many new possibilities to the design of reconfigurable antennas Phase I is proposed as a theoretical design effort that will make use of CAD, electromagnetic, microwave, and photonic software tools. Toyon will use its own RF and antenna software design environment called EM/Power to perform antenna analysis and to perform the optimized design studies. We will develop several monolithic flat panel array designs that incorporate conventional control devices as well as photonic devices. The design criteria in each of these designs will emphasize different performance characteristics. We will stress multi-functionality and high SHF directivity/steerability. The main goal is to deliver an antenna design that will support the desired data rates at SHF.

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