Contact: Daniele Cavallo
These applications require the development of innovative antenna arrays with very large frequency range of operation and good scan performance over wide angular ranges. The wide bandwidth is crucial to cover multiple frequency bands concurrently in a single wideband shared aperture and thus to overcome the very limited space available to place the antenna systems. Moreover the generation of several simultaneous beams for establishing multiple connections at once with a single antenna is fundamental, but very challenging because of the interference between beams.
When the phased array has to fit on a small platform (e.g. on a smartphone), fundamental scientific challenges need to be solved: modelling of small antennas, analysis of edge effects, study of multi-beam interference, reduction of surface waves.
The goals of this research subgroup are:
1) solve the fundamental limits of phased arrays integrated on small platforms
2) improve the current state-of-the-art of the antenna systems
3) link the antenna development to parallel development in other fields: electronics, packaging, radars, beamforming.
Projects under this theme
Multi-Beam Antenna arrays
Wideband wide-scanning array with multi-beam capability
Antenna user terminal with Wide Angle Impedance Matching (WAIM) metamaterial radome
Development of Satcom antenna for user terminals, with improved performances with respect to available phased array solutions.
WAtt LEvel transmitters at mm-waves
The WhALE project targets, employing complementary expertise in the field of electromagnetics, system integration and integrated circuit design, to develop the next generation of mmwave transmitters.
Connected arrays for multi-function radars
Wideband wide-scan arrays for multifunction radars applications
3D Elements For Phased Array Systems
The goal is to develop 3D antenna elements for phased arrays with integrated filtering solutions and suitable pattern shaping.
Efficient on-chip antennas for terahertz applications
Silicon technology promises affordable integrated THz systems, but at the cost of limited achievable efficiency. Antenna solutions to overcome this bottleneck efficiency will be investigated.