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Lightweight, Durable Army Antennas Using Carbon Nanotube Technology (First year Report)

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US Army Research Laboratory Adelphi United States

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The application of carbon nanotube CNT materials to produce lightweight, flexible, and durable alternatives to existing and future Army antenna designs is explored through simulation and material fabrication and characterization. The conductivity and current distribution for a dipole antenna constructed from CNT threadrope are simulated using Hallns integral equation for a thin wire applied to the method of moments. A variety of CNT threadrope samples are fabricated and their physical and electrical characteristics are measured and compared with the simulation results. Finally, to support future nanoscale antenna array research, the first steps towards establishing patterned multiwall CNT MWNT array fabrication capabilities at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory ARL are attempted and documented.

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Technical Report,01 Oct 2010,30 Sep 2011




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