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New architectures of light-controlled MMW steering antennas
Author(s): Vladimir A. Manasson; Lev S. Sadovnik; Vladimir A. Yepishin
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Paper Abstract

We present a review of our recent work at WaveBand Corporation on optically controlled millimeter wave (MMW) steering antennas. Instead of relying on photonically controlled discreet microwave elements like phase-shifters, modulators, photodiodes, etc., our approaches are based on the interaction of MMWs with an electron-hole plasma grating created by optical means. We use silicon wafers as a medium for plasma recording as well as for plasma-MMW interaction. Electron-hole plasma is generated by illuminating the silicon wafer with near IR or visible light. The required plasma pattern is created by using a spatial-light- modulator, a set of photo-masks, or an optical fiber array connected to individually controlled LEDs. The new architectures promise flexible antenna designs and a cost reduction sizable enough to compare the proposed antennas with their phase-array counterparts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 1997
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3160, Optical Technology for Microwave Applications VIII, (23 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279458
Show Author Affiliations
Vladimir A. Manasson, WaveBand Corp. (United States)
Lev S. Sadovnik, WaveBand Corp. (United States)
Vladimir A. Yepishin, WaveBand Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3160:
Optical Technology for Microwave Applications VIII
Anastasios P. Goutzoulis, Editor(s)

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