23 July 1993 Smart-skin antenna technology
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Abstract
Using smart materials and skins, one could design a smart structure with suitable feedback system architecture. This paper is designed to address some technical advances and applications of smart materials, smart skins and coatings covering a broad spectrum of electromagnetic fields. The Smart Skin Antenna Technology Program's objectives are to (1) use smart skin technologies to develop an antenna system architecture which is structurally integratable, wideband, and embedded/conformal; (2) design, develop, and fabricate a thin, wideband, conformal/arrayable radiator that is structurally integratable and which uses advanced Penn State dielectric and absorber materials to achieve wideband ground planes, and together with low RCS, wideband radomes; (3) implement a smart skin antenna system architecture. Traditional practice has been to design radome and antenna as separate entities and then resolve any interface problems during an integration phase. A structurally integratable conformal antenna, however, demands that the functional components be highly integrated both conceptually and in practice. Our concept is to use the lower skin of the radome as a substrate on which the radiator can be made using standard photolithography, thick film, or LTCC techniques.
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Vijay K. Varadan, Vasundara V. Varadan, "Smart-skin antenna technology", Proc. SPIE 1916, Smart Structures and Materials 1993: Smart Materials, (23 July 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.148473; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.148473
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