Fabrication of 3D Photonic Crystals in the RF Range for Man-Portable Antenna Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-05-C-0108
Agency Tracking Number: A054-017-0390
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solitcitation Year: 2005
Solitcitation Topic Code: A05-T017
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2365 Oak Leaf Drive, State College, PA, 16803
Duns: 114481091
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Bray
 Chief Executive Officer
 (814) 861-6196
Business Contact
 Matthew Bray
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (814) 861-6196
Email: mbray@ieee.org
Research Institution
 Douglas H Werner
 Department of Electrical Eng, 211 Elect Engr East
University Park, PA, 16802
 (814) 863-2946
 Nonprofit college or university
Antennovation and the Pennsylvania State University propose to develop novel new electromagnetic bandgap (EBG) materials in conjunction with miniaturized broadband antennas for use in man-portable antenna applications. The proposed antenna/EBG system will be designed to be low-profile, compact, and light-weight for helmet-mounted antennas and/or other body-worn applications. The frequency range of 250 MHz to 2.5 GHz will be targeted for operation. Within this range both narrowband tunable and broadband designs will be investigated. The EBG materials will be composed of reactively-loaded planar metallic frequency selective surfaces (FSS) mounted on top of thin metallic backed dielectric substrates. The placement of loads and the surface geometry of the EBG will be optimized via a genetic algorithm (GA) for best performance. This Phase I program will also investigate the use of novel substrate materials such as high-k dielectrics and magnetically loaded substrates for use in achieving ultra-thin and broadband EBG designs at low frequencies. Miniaturized antenna designs will also be developed for use in conjunction with the optimized EBG surfaces towards a goal of providing a complete integrated system that is reduced in size and weight while possessing a high radiation efficiency as well as a low specific absorption rate (SAR).

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