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Fully printed phased-array antenna for space communications
Author(s): Maggie Yihong Chen; Xuejun Lu; Harish Subbaraman; Ray T. Chen
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Paper Abstract

We present a flexible active 2-bit 2-element phased-array antenna (PAA) fully fabricated using ink-jet printing technology. High speed carbon nanotube (CNT) based field effect transistors (FETs) function as switch in the true-time delay line of the PAA. The 2-bit 2-element active PAA is printed out at room temperature on 100μm thick Kapton substrate. The FET switch works well for 5GHz RF signals. An ON-OFF ratio of over 100 is obtained at a low Vds bias of 1.8V. The measured azimuth beamsteering angles of PAA agree well with simulation values.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 May 2009
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7318, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications, 731814 (11 May 2009);
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Maggie Yihong Chen, Omega Optics, Inc. (United States)
Xuejun Lu, Univ. of Massachusetts, Lowell (United States)
Harish Subbaraman, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Ray T. Chen, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7318:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications
Thomas George; M. Saif Islam; Achyut K. Dutta, Editor(s)

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