Multifunction Phased Array Radar antenna panel backplane.

RF Technology

We develop RF technologies that improve the nation's radar, communications, and electronic warfare capabilities. Our efforts range from early-stage research into materials and components for RF systems to complete RF system development. Over the past decade, we have pioneered low-cost panel-based phased array technology, and today we are fielding this technology to provide the FAA and NOAA with one radar system that can perform both weather and aircraft surveillance. We are lowering the power needs, size, and weight of RF components through novel system-on-chip technology, enabling systems for increasingly small platforms like unmanned aerial vehicles and nanosatellites. Recently, we've innovated a phased array architecture that allows side-by-side transmitters and receivers to operate simultaneously without suffering from self-interference, overcoming a longstanding limitation of RF systems.

Featured Projects

Researchers test the prototype standoff microwave imaging system. The antennas emit radio signals that reflect off the person standing in front of the array; the system processes the reflections to create the image on the monitors in the background.
The system can rapidly and discreetly detect threat items concealed under clothes or hidden in bags of people in crowded public spaces.
The Laboratory's advanced work in miniaturized electronics enabled the development of EnteroPhoneâ„¢.
A wireless, ingestible device monitors heart and breathing rates by listening to the body's sounds and senses core temperature, all from within the gastrointestinal tract.

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Our Staff

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