Antenna Test Range and Electromagnetic Characterisation Facilities

The Antenna Research Group at Queen Mary University of London has a long-standing record on antenna design and related electromagnetic research. The fundamental philosophy behind the group’s research has always been driven by highly reliable electromagnetic modelling corroborated by high quality experimental verification. In its 40-year history, the group has built an extensive antenna test range and electromagnetic characterisation facility, which now virtually covers the whole RF to THz frequency bands, from 700 MHz to 325 GHz. In addition to this, time domain spectrometry at THz frequencies, between 0.1 to 3 THz, is also available.

Facilities

Supported by full-time professional staff, the facility is arguably one of the most comprehensive among European universities and it includes:

Microwave Compact Antenna Test Range (CATR)

The Microwave CATR reflector is a parabolic single offset antenna of 6 m tall and 3 m wide constructed from 18 high precision surface panels.

Millimetre-wave CATR

The Millimetre-wave CATR is a unique offset tri-reflector Cassegrain-Gregorian system design to work up to mm-wavelength bands.

EMC screened anechoic chamber

The Mobile Antenna EMC Screened Anechoic Chamber 6x5x3 m can operate from 700 MHz to 10 GHz, with an Anritsu MS46322A Vector Network Analyzer (0.001–20 GHz, 100 dB dynamic range) for beam pattern measurements and antenna return loss measurements.

General purpose anechoic chamber

Opened in 1995, this 9 metre long with 3m by 3m cross-section microwave and millimetre wave anechoic chamber is used for the measurement of radiation characteristics of feeds and millimetre wave antennas up to 500 GHz.

NSI planar near-field beam pattern scanner

The NSI Planar near-field to far-field antenna measurement scanner is an ideal system for measuring medium and high gain antennas (>15 dBi) with small apertures.

RF Modular quasi-optical test bench

The Modular Quasi-Optical Test Bench is a flexible test system, which can be easily reconfigured enabling multiple circuit setups.

Time domain spectroscopy at THz frequencies

The THz TDS system is based on a NPL design that has been adapted to accommodate fluid and gaseous based systems for study by either reflection or transmission configurations

Body-Centric Wireless Sensor Lab

The Body-Centric Wireless Sensor Lab is a new joint research facility with the Department’s Networks Research Group.

Microwave and mm-wave instrumentation

Currently, the AML is equipped with state-of-the-art Vector Network Analysers showing unprecedented low levels of background noise.

High Performance Cascade Microtech Probe System

The MPS150 is easy to use, yet highly-precise manual probe system for wafers and substrates up to 150 mm.

Clean-Room and Circuit Printing Facilities

The facilities are currently being used for development of photo-activated semi-conducting polymers for non-mechanically controlled RF phase-shifters.

Contact Information

The Antenna Measurement Laboratory is located in the Engineering Building on the Mile End campus in London. The laboratory can be easily reached by using the London Underground system (Central line – Mile End station, Hammersmith & City Line and District Line – Stepney Green station).

A map of the Campus and travel information can be found on the main college website.

For enquires about hire and use of the antenna laboratory facility, please contact:

Dr Max Munoz Torrico
Antenna Laboratory Manager
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road
London, E1 4NS, UK

Email: m.o.munoztorrico@qmul.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5521 or +44 (0)20 7882 7146
Fax: +44 (0)20 7882 7997