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Printed and Flexible Electronics and Photonics for USAF Sensor Applications


Sensors Directorate, RY/Electromagnetics Technology Division

RO# Location
13.35.01.B7392 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542


Name E-mail Phone
Heckman, Emily M 937.713.8855


The goals of this research project are to utilize new and non-traditional fabrication techniques for creation of photonics, electronics, and opto-electronics (including packaging, interconnects, waveguides, and antenna structures) for sensor applications. We intend to first explore the current state-of-the art in capability utilizing existing materials to both create sensor structures and then analyze their performance against commonly produced and deployed counterparts. Latter phases of the research will attempt to improve the input materials (e.g., better inks) and fabrication processes (higher resolution deposition, new methods of sintering, or fabrication on flexible or non-planar substrates) to improve these initial results. Areas of emphasis include infrared sensing, electrically- or optically-pumped lasers, passive/active waveguiding and routing structures, and elements for building radiofrequency (RF) transceivers.



Aga RS Jr, Lombardi JP III, Bartsch CM, Heckman EM: IEEE Photonics Technology Letters (26)3: 305, 2014


Photonics; Waveguides; Aerosol jet; Inkjet; Printed electronics; Flexible electronics;


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Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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