TechConnect Innovation Program

Non-Specular Reflective Surface Treatment

National Radio Astronomy Observatory, WV, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

A surface treatment to break up the reflections of radio waves to eliminate dropouts and hot spots. For radio waves, this surface, compared to a flat surface, is reflective in a way similar to how a piece of white paper is reflective compared to a mirror for visible light.

Primary Application Area: Defense & Transportation

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: This is a new, lower cost and more durable way to reduce undesired reflections of radio energy in communications and radar systems as well as reducing radar cross-section for increased security and stealth.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

National Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 739

Website: info.nrao.edu/tt

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: NRAO is funded by the National Science Foundation via a Cooperative Agreement with Associated Universities, Inc.

Primary Sources of Funding: Other

Looking for: Development / License Partners