Broadband optical beam forming for airborne phased array antenna

H. Schippers, J. Verpoorte, P. Jorna, A. Hulzinga, L. Zhuang, Arjan Meijerink, C.G.H. Roeloffzen, D.A.I. Marpaung, Wim van Etten, Rene Heideman, Arne Leinse, M. Wintels

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    For enhanced communication on board aircraft, novel antenna systems with broadband satellite-based capabilities are required. The technology will enhance airline operations by providing in-flight connectivity for flight crew information and will bring live TV and high-speed Internet connectivity to passengers. The installation of such systems on board aircraft requires for aerodynamic reasons the development a very low-profile aircraft antenna, which can point to satellites anywhere in the upper hemisphere. Major keystones for the success of steerable low-profile antennas are multi-layer printed circuit boards (PCBs) with an array of broadband antenna elements, and compact micro-wave systems with appropriate beam steering capabilities. The present paper describes the development of a prototype 8times1 optical beam forming network using cascades of optical ring resonators as part of a breadboard Ku-band phased array antenna.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationIEEE Aerospace conference 2009
    Place of PublicationLos Alamitos
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-2621-8
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2009
    Event2009 IEEE Aerospace Conference - Big Sky Resort, Big Sky, United States
    Duration: 7 Mar 200914 Mar 2009

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    PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press


    Conference2009 IEEE Aerospace Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityBig Sky


    • METIS-264051
    • EWI-16115
    • IR-68123

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