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A 220 GHz reflection-type phased array concept study
Author(s): Abigail S. Hedden; Charles R. Dietlein; David A. Wikner
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Paper Abstract

The goal of this project is to enable light-weight, durable, and portable systems capable of performing standoff detection of person-borne improvised explosive devices (PB-IEDs) through the development of millimeter-wave reflection-type phased arrays. Electronic beam steering eliminates the need for complex mechanical scanners that are commonly implemented with millimeter-wave imaging systems and would reduce overall system size and weight. We present a concept study of a 220 GHz reflection-type phased array for the purpose of performing beam scanning of a confocal reflector system. Requirements for effective imaging of the desired target region are established, including spatial resolution, total scan angle, and number of image pixels achievable. We examine the effects of array architecture on beam characteristics as it is scanned off broadside, including Gaussicity and encircled energy. Benchmark requirements are determined and compared with the capabilities of several potential phase shifter technologies, including MEMS-based variable capacitor phase shifters, switches, and varactor diode-based phase shifters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 2011
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8022, Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology XIV, 80220N (26 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.883520
Show Author Affiliations
Abigail S. Hedden, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Charles R. Dietlein, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
David A. Wikner, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8022:
Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology XIV
David A. Wikner; Arttu R. Luukanen, Editor(s)

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