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Electrically Tunable Phase Shifter for HPM Antenna Arrays

Press Release

Press Release

Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force to develop a high-power electrically tuned phase shifter to form high-power microwave (HPM) antenna arrays with electronic beam steering capability. In this Phase I SBIR proposal, Physical Sciences Inc outlines the development of a waveguide-based phase shifter that will enable 20° azimuth/elevation beam steering for conformal megawatt and gigawatt class antenna arrays. This technology has the potential to replace complex and expensive mechanically steered apertures with an electrically tuned, low loss X-band device.

In Phase I, PSI will refine the design of a novel, electrically tuned phase shifter. PSI will optimize the differential phase shift per dB of insertion loss while ensuring megawatt power handling. During Phase I, PSI will design and build an X-band prototype to demonstrate proof of principle through an experiment. PSI will complete Phase I with a mature design for manufacture of the phase shifter with corresponding high-power simulations. During Phase II, PSI will transition the phase shifter to an operational system and demonstrate a sub-array with 20° azimuth/elevation steering.

For more information contact:

Dr. Sean Torrez
Area Manager, Deployable Structures
Physical Sciences Inc.
Office: (978) 689-0003

Acknowledgement of Sponsorship: This work is supported under a contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory-Kirtland, AFB. This support does not constitute an express or implied endorsement on the part of the Government.