Nano-tubule Antennas for Optical Synthetic Aperture Systems

Michigan Tech Research Institute, Michigan Technological University, and the University of Central Florida designed and performed this experiment focused on applying nanotube optical detection technologies for optical Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems at UCF's Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL).


Apply nanotube optical detection technologies for optical ISR systems

  • Sensitive to complex field not intensity
  • Arrays with readout becoming commercially available
  • Can now fabricate passive, synthetic aperture imaging systems


Conduct optical pupil plane imaging experiments to show coherent array detection at optical wavelengths

  • Array based direction finding/beamsteering
  • Van Cittert-Zericke imaging without the use of an optical interferometer
Diagram of Young's interference experiment.

Young's Interference Experiment

Set-up of the experiement.

Experimental Set-Up


Potential application of micro-bolometer coupled antenna-pairs in beam synthesis. Yang, Weidong (ECE Department, Michigan Technological University); Roggemann, Michael C.; Middlebrook, Christopher; Subotic, Nikola; Buller, William; Cooper, Kyle Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, v 7055, Infrared Systems and Photoelectronic Technology III, 2008, p 70550N.

The IR antenna pair coupled sensor element and its potential application in wavefront sensing. Yang, Weidong (ECE Department, Michigan Technological University); Roggemann, Michael C.; Cooper, Kyle; Buller, William; Subotic, Nikola; Middlebrook, Christopher; Boreman, Glenn D. Infrared Physics and Technology, v 51, n 6, October, 2008, p 495-504.

Measurement of the Mutual Coherence Function of an Incoherent Infrared Field with a Gold Nano-wire Dipole Antenna Array. C. Middlebrook, M. Roggemann, G. Boreman, N. Subotic, K. Cooper, W. Buller, W. Yang and J. Alda, International Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves, Springer Netherlands, Vol. 29, No 2, February, 2008.