System architecture of MMIC-based large aperture arrays for space applications

P. R. Herczfeld, M. Kam, R. R. Kunath, K. B. Bhasin, Nick La Prade

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The persistent trend to use millimeter-wave frequencies for satellite communications presents the challenge to design large-aperture phased arrays for space applications. These arrays, which comprise 100-10, 000 elements, are now possible due to the advent of lightwave technology and the availability of monolithic microwave integrated circuits. In this paper, system aspects of optically-controlled array design are studied. In particular, two architectures for a 40 GHz array are outlined, and the main system-related issues are examined: Power budget, synchronization in frequency and phase, and stochastic effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-172
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jun 3 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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