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Optically beamformed wideband array performance
Jofre Roca, Lluís; Stoltidou, Chysavgi; Blanch Boris, Sebastián; Mengual, Teresa; Vidal, Borja; Marti, Javier; Mckenzie, Iain; Cura, J.M. del
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament de Teoria del Senyal i Comunicacions; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. ANTENNALAB - Grup d´Antenes i Sistemes Radio
IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Research Awards for 2009
Optical beamforming networks (OBFNs) are an interesting alternative for the design of wideband antenna arrays, mainly due to their low losses and weight, their high parallel processing capabilities and their electromagnetic immunity. Nevertheless, for a practical implementation, different technological and architectural tradeoffs need to be assessed. In this paper, the performance of an OBFN system is analytically studied and experimentally demonstrated. The study forms part of the optical beamforming network project, a multigroup research project supported by the European Space Agency (ESA). Differently from bulky free-space geometries, the architecture is based on fiber-optic delay lines for the time delays generation and on a spatial light modulator for the phase shifts generation. Experimental results for an X-band prototype are provided, showing beam steering accuracy, multibeam capability, amplitude distribution weighting and wideband operation.
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Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria de la telecomunicació::Radiocomunicació i exploració electromagnètica::Antenes i agrupacions d'antenes
Antenna arrays
Microwave photonics Optical beamforming Phased array antennas Spatial light modulator SLM
Antenes -- Agrupacions -- Disseny
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