This paper reports a novel MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) lightwave (optical) antenna as a telecommunication device in space and aeronautics. The high performance antenna at light wave frequency requires optimal curved surfaces and high mechanical precision to acquire high aperture efficiency. We have developed a novel micro lightwave antenna by applying MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems) technology. The antenna of transparent type (lens) is fabricated as a trial antenna, which has a 3-level step structure with diameter of 4 mm, to show the advantage of the antenna. The characteristics of the fabricated antenna have been measured. The measurement results of gain and power radiation pattern are in agreement with simulation result.
Application of MEMS Technology to a Lightwave Antenna for Communication in Space and Aeronautics
Munemasa, Y, Sano, M, Mita, M, & Takano, T. "Application of MEMS Technology to a Lightwave Antenna for Communication in Space and Aeronautics." Proceedings of the CANEUS 2006: MNT for Aerospace Applications. CANEUS2006: MNT for Aerospace Applications. Toulouse, France. August 27–September 1, 2006. pp. 239-244. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/CANEUS2006-11069
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