Optically Transparent Antennas for Multi-modal Sensing
MS Thesis by Zachary J. Silva, May 2019
The advent of multi-modal data fusion, the rise of CubeSats, and the dawn of the drone, among others, have all put pressure on sensor developers to increase payload performance while decreasing their size, weight, and power (SWAP). RF-EO/IR fusion enables enhanced situational awareness due to the changes in material properties at different electromagnetic frequencies. The research explores high performance optically transparent conductors realized as antennas used for single aperture RF-EO/IR sensor fusion.