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The research objective is to develop innovative antenna concepts featuring low cost, low weight, and high performance. We are particularly interested in the following technology areas: reconfigurable antenna technology, electronically steerable multiple-beam phased array antennas, microphotonic-based antennas, Radio Frequency (RF)/optical integrated hybrid antennas, fractal antennas, deployable antennas, conformal antennas, cognitive-antennas and other original antenna technology concepts requiring the use of nanotechnology, photonic-bandgap, or Magnetic Photonic Crystals, among others. In addition, Integrated RF and optical antenna concepts and technology are of high interest. In particular we are interested in antenna concepts operational at Ka-Band, mmWave, THz and Optical frequencies.
A far-field antenna facility is available to support the antenna characterization tests with the current upper bound frequency capability of 40 GHz. This frequency limit could be extended with new instrumentation. This facility is unique because it is capable of supporting the Low Earth Orbit dynamic scanning phased array Bit Error Rate tests. A cylindrical near-field antenna facility is also available to support characterization requirements (i.e., Linearly Polarized and Circularly Polarized patters, holographic imaging) of different types of antennas with the largest aperture dimension of 10 inches or smaller in the frequency range between 2 to 40 GHz (extendable with new instruments). In addition, a compact antenna range with a cylindrical quiet zone of 3 feet in diameter and 6 feet in length is also available. The quiet zone phase performance is extremely flat, on the order of ± 1o. The range is operational from 1 to 40 GHz. A 22' x 22' vertical scanner near field antenna range is operational to 50 GHz. Precision photogrammetry and laser radar systems are available for surface metrology.
General-purpose facilities include a 1,500 square-feet Class 100 Clean Room, computer-controlled rapid prototyping antenna fabrication systems , ribbon and wire bonding facilities, and electrical characterization capabilities (e.g., Performance Network Analyzer Network Analyzer and Cascade Probe Station) from DC to 110 GHz.