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Plasma Antenna Technologies

Plasma Antenna Technologies

Objective

PATH is intended to promote a collaborative researches focused in the development of high density plasma sources
implemented with the Exchange of staff personnel between the partners of the network. The research will also address
transfer of knowledge and training of the researchers in the specific field of plasma sources and its applications in the telecommunication sector.
High density plasma sources find large number of industrial applications from material treatment to Telecommunication. Overcoming the density limit of current source will open new frontier in several technological field.
PATH aims at cross linking different competences to study and develop prototype of plasma sources and plasma antenna based on hybrid technologies based on Radiofrequency and Hollow cathode technologies.
A Gaseous Plasma Antenna (GPA) is a plasma discharge confined in a dielectric tube that uses partially or fully ionized gas to generate and receive electromagnetic waves; GPAs are virtually “transparent” above the plasma frequency and become “invisible” when turned off. Unlike ordinary metallic antennas, GPAs and Plasma Antenna Arrays can be reconfigured electrically (rather than mechanically) with respect to impedance, frequency, bandwidth and directivity on time scales the order of microseconds or milliseconds. It is also possible to stack arrays of GPAs designed to operate at different frequencies. A Plasma Antenna will be able to: (i) identifying the direction of incoming signal, (ii) tracking and locating the antenna beam on the mobile/target, (iii) beam-steering while minimizing interferences.
Actual technology is based mainly on: (i) DC discharge, (ii) AC discharge, (iii) RF discharge, (iv) Microwaves, (v) Hollow cathode. Improvement of plasma source performances require a strong effort in term of modelling and technology.
The aim of PATH is to merge European competences to make a substantial step toward innovative hybrid plasma sources.
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Coordinator

ALMA SISTEMI SRL

Address

Via Dei Nasturzi 4
00012 Guidonia Montecelio Rm

Italy

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 180 000

Participants (5)

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UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 162 000

MARS SPACE LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 117 000

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 144 000

TECHNOLOGY FOR PROPULSION AND INNOVATION SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 36 000

POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 153 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 734629

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 792 000

  • EU contribution

    € 792 000

Coordinated by:

ALMA SISTEMI SRL

Italy