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Antenna Group

The Antenna Group mission is to assist industry and government with research and development in antennas, propagation, and communication systems. The Virginia Tech Antenna Group (VTAG) has two measurement facilities and a computational laboratory.

Antenna and Propagation Research

VTAG performs research and development of antennas for many applications in commercial wireless communications and government programs. Facilities include an outdoor antenna range capable of making measurements at frequencies between 200 MHz and 40 GHz, as well as an anechoic chamber capable of measuring at frequencies of 800 MHz to 40 GHz using a far-field mode and near-field modes (spherical, cylindrical, and planar). These test ranges include positioners for rotating antennas under test, control instrumentation, and data processing equipment. The ranges support Virginia Tech's antenna courses and research, and can also be contracted to measure antennas for industry or government.

The computational laboratory has computing platforms and many simulation software packages to facilitate design and evaluation of antennas.

VTAG also has over 25 years experience in propagation above 1 GHz, with special emphasis on earth-space propagation through rain. It has the most comprehensive earth-space rain attenuation propagation database from 10 to 30 GHz in North America.

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Research Project: A set of tasks with deliverables to the sponsor
  • Affiliate Program: Member and Corporate Memberships are available (part of Wireless @ VT)
  • Gifts: Cash and equipment
  • Services: Mesurements or Computation

Contact for further information.

Academic Courses

In addition to undergraduate and graduate courses in antennas, Virginia Tech offers a variety of other courses in electromagnetics disciplines, including radio wave propagation, electromagnetics, fiber optics and optical waveguides, and a number of related courses. Such a wide range of courses allows individualized programs of study related to electromagnetics. There are also a number of courses in the related areas of communications and radio engineering.