The proposal aims at establishing the knowledge and technology needed to develop micro-plasma sources that can tune the density up to 1020 ion/m-3 with low power (<10W) and its use as elements for advanced antenna systems.

In particular, PATH has the following objectives:


    • Obj-1: To explore the physics of high density plasma sources


    • Obj-2: To implement innovative simulation codes able to support system design and development.


    • Obj-3: To study innovative plasma sources based on a hybrid concept, combination of hollow cathode technology and RF Technology, able to reach densities above 1020 ion/m3 and to explore how the technology can be scaled to small and big dimensions.


    • Obj-4: To design, develop and test plasma antenna element prototypes specifically designed for telecommunication to demonstrate the technical viability and performance of the proposed technology.


    • Obj-5: To simulate different type of antennas based on plasma elements covering different type of frequencies and applications in the navigation and telecommunication sectors and assess the market viability of future products based on the above technologies.


    • T&M-1: Push innovation through the development of an initial research and training network that will focus its activities on the development, effective integration and increased utilization of existing and emerging/cutting edge plasma technologies.


    • T&M-2: Provide researchers and engineers with the opportunity to go beyond the current state-of-the-art in Plasma source technology, through a multidisciplinary and international approach based on new technological tools and methods as well as practical laboratory work.


    • T&M-3: Build and enhance the researchers and engineers network of contacts and hence to continue and improve, their careers at high profile universities and well-established private enterprises, even after the end of their individual project within PATH.


    • T&M-3: Build up specific complementary and market-oriented skills to allow the European researchers and engineers to face new challenges in term of technology development and future products.


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