MEMS-Switched Reconfigurable Antenna

Period of Performance: 04/09/2001 - 01/09/2002


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Emag Technologies, Inc.
775 Technology Dr. Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Principal Investigator


The objective of this SBIR Phase I project is to explore and design novel reconfigurable antennas with multi-band operation and pattern control capability. The first proposed element combines a multi-band stacked patch configuration with switchable patch clusters, and the other consists of a reconfigurable slot antenna. Both elements utilize MEMS structures as switching devices. The phase I feasibility study involves design, modeling and parametric study of each of the elements with limited experimental investigation. The fabrication and testing of the elements and design of arrays of them are relegated to the Phase II continuation of this project.The reconfigurable antennas resulting from this project have numerous applications in multi-function and multi-band communication systems as well as military sensing, command and control systems.