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Future Microwave Arrays Take Shape

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Fikes, Austin Covey (2022) Future Microwave Arrays Take Shape. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/h541-3e28. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:02092022-003219315

Abstract

Phased arrays provide high gain electronically steerable beams and are powerful systems for sensing and communication. Existing phased arrays are typically small, rigid, and planar which limits their possible use cases. This thesis describes the author's contributions to the creation of novel phased array architectures which can enable new phased array systems and applications. The first chapter describes the design, testing, and use of the scalable router. Scalable routers are a time delay array relay used to reroute signals a microwave frequencies. The second chapter describes the development of large scale flexible phased arrays, first in the context the Caltech Space Solar Power Project, and then in an exploration of a technique for determining the shape of arrays using only mutual coupling between elements. Finally, a guide for developing electronics for academic space payloads is included as an appendix.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Integrated Circuits; Phased Arrays; Flexible Electronics; Flexible Phased Arrays; Microwave Relay; Space Solar Power; Space Electronics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Electrical Engineering
Thesis Availability:Restricted to Caltech community only
Research Advisor(s):
  • Hajimiri, Ali
Group:Caltech Holistic Integrated Circuits Lab
Thesis Committee:
  • Marandi, Alireza (chair)
  • Hajimiri, Ali
  • Pellegrino, Sergio
  • Weinreb, Sander
Defense Date:28 January 2022
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:02092022-003219315
Persistent URL:https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:02092022-003219315
DOI:10.7907/h541-3e28
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription
https://doi.org/10.1109/TMTT.2020.3042516DOIJournal article adapted for Chapter 3.
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41928-019-0247-9DOIJournal article adapted for Chapter 4.
https://doi.org/10.1109/TMTT.2021.3097729DOIJournal article adapted for Chapter 5.
ORCID:
AuthorORCID
Fikes, Austin Covey0000-0003-4889-5782
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:14491
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Austin Fikes
Deposited On:12 Mar 2022 00:22
Last Modified:04 Aug 2022 19:03

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