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EPSRC Reference: EP/S005625/1
Title: Low-Profile Ultra-Wideband Wide-Scanning Multi-Function Beam-Steerable Array Antennas
Principal Investigator: Gao, Professor S
Other Investigators:
Sanz-Izquierdo, Dr B Wang, Dr C
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Airbus Defence and Space Centre for Process Innovation Limited Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL
Huawei Group Jasper Dsiplay Corporation Keysight Technologies UK Ltd
Printed Eelectronics ltd Rohde & Schwarz UK Limited Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
University of Ottawa Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Ltd
Department: Sch of Engineering & Digital Arts
Organisation: University of Kent
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 02 January 2019 Ends: 01 January 2022 Value (£): 658,096
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Optical Devices & Subsystems RF & Microwave Technology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Communications Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
03 Jul 2018 RF and Microwave Devices Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Future intelligent, autonomous platforms (autonomous vehicles, robots, satellites, ships, air planes) and portable terminals are expected to have multiple functions such as wireless communication (with satellites and/or terrestrial base stations and/or ground terminals), ultra-fast data transfer, navigation, sensing, radars, imaging and wireless power transfer. These wireless systems operate at various frequencies. As a single radio frequency (RF) system usually has a narrow bandwidth, multiple RF systems at different frequency bands are often employed, leading to a huge increase in the volume, power consumption and cost. To address this need, it requires a single-aperture ultra-wideband (UWB) phased array capable of operating over an extremely wide range of frequencies, and having a low profile, wide-angle-scanning steerable beams, high gain, high efficiency and multiple polarizations (e.g. right-hand circular polarization for navigation, dual linear polarizations for mobile communication). Such an advanced antenna system does not exist yet. This project aims to tackle the ambitious challenges of addressing this need. This multi-disciplinary research consortium, having RF/microwave/mm-wave phased array researchers working together with researchers in optical beamforming and 3D printing, are ideally placed to development a new generation of low-profile UWB phased arrays, which is expected to find wide uses for both civilian and military applications.
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