Miniature Ultra-Wideband Antenna on Novel Substrates

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-04-M-0236
Agency Tracking Number: N045-010-0199
Amount: $99,870.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: N04-T010
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
24 Research Drive, Hampton, VA, 23666
DUNS: 782587406
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 C. Reddy
 President & CTO
 (757) 224-2035
Business Contact
 C. Reddy
Title: President & CTO
Phone: (757) 224-2035
Research Institution
 The Ohio State University
 David B Doty
 1320 Kinnear Road
Columbus, OH, 43212
 (614) 292-8671
 Nonprofit college or university
Submarines require a suite of antennas for communications, navigation, and identification of Friend or Foe (IFF). As compared to surface ship antennas, submarine antennas are unique in design, shape, materials, and performance due to space and weight limitations often in extreme environmental conditions. Under this effort, we propose a new class of more capable communication and data reception apertures as well as surveillance components to address the network-centric requirements envisioned for future Navy combat operations. Particular emphasis is given on the design of a single untrawideband aperture that covers most of the communciation needs. A novel miniature broadband antenna is proposed that incorporates newly designed materials and metallization shapes. Various high contrast inhomogeneous dielectrics are proposed along with a new class of magnetic photonic crystals whose potential for antenna miniaturization and field control has been previously demonstrated. Formal design optimization methods will be employed as part of the design process to achieve an optimal design (including impedance matching, gain and return loss) subject to the proposed objectives and availability of ceramic materials and crystals from off-the-shelf. Full wave analysis and preliminary measurement will be performed for verification of the design.

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