Magnetic Nanocomposites for Conformal HF to UHF Antennas
Navy SBIR FY2015.2

Sol No.: Navy SBIR FY2015.2
Topic No.: N152-081
Topic Title: Magnetic Nanocomposites for Conformal HF to UHF Antennas
Proposal No.: N152-081-0768
Firm: Metamagnetics Inc.
480 Neponset Street
Canton, Massachusetts 2021-1938
Contact: Trifon Fitchorov
Phone: (781) 562-0756
Abstract: In this SBIR Phase I program, Metamagnetics will develop an advanced wideband, conformal magnetic flux-channel antenna based on novel magnetic nanomaterials. Through the design, synthesis, and fabrication of proprietary high-performance magnetic materials, Metamagnetics will enable a new generation of high-gain, wideband, and low-profile, conformal antenna solutions for HF, VHF, and UHF communications. The goal is to demonstrate the feasibility of achieving conformal, frequency independent geometries without adversely affecting the permeability and loss characteristics of traditional high-permeable magnetic materials for high-performance magnetic flux-channel antennas.
Benefits: A wide range of antennas are required on military aircraft. Unfortunately, the size of traditional communication antennas at HF-VHF frequencies is inherently large. The development of wideband, low-profile, conformal communications antennas is of great interest for Defense applications. The proposed magnetic flux-channel antenna is based on advanced nanomaterials and can be integrated into complex geometries such as the body of airborne vehicles. This new antenna concept has the potential to play a key role in the DoD modernization plans, especially in view of the renewed emphasis on unmanned aircraft and long-range strike.