Communications

Access our comprehensive library of technical briefs on communications, from engineering experts at NASA and major government, university, and commercial laboratories.

Applications include terahertz medical imaging and communications.
Briefs: Communications
Cascaded Offset Optical Modulator
This subsystem is used in free-space optical communications and fiber-optic communications.
Wire-connected drones may complement or replace the fixed base stations of cellular communications networks.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Toroidal Radiation Pattern Patch Antenna
The antenna is designed for use in extreme conditions such as outer space.
This technique for optical data transmission from satellites uses laser arrays to provide fine pointing capability.
The device enables ultra-fast wireless communications at low cost.
Any high-performance communication systems operating in RF or optical frequencies may benefit from this system.
A low-frequency antenna with enhanced bandwidth will enable robust networking among compact, mobile robots.
Briefs: RF & Microwave Electronics
Self-Assembling Robot Cubes Form Various Structures
The robot blocks jump, spin, flip, and identify each other.
Briefs: Communications
Long-Range Wireless Sensor Network
The network is designed for remote, low-resource locations where power and communications infrastructure are scarce.
With low-cost materials called perovskites, stable, continuous lasing is achieved at room temperature for over an hour.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
“One-Way” Electronic Devices
These non-reciprocal devices on a compact chip pave the way for applications from two-way wireless to quantum computing.
The tiny unit is significant for the miniaturization of optoelectronic systems.
The newest version of these combs could revolutionize clocks, telescopes, and telecommunications.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Quantum Sensor Enables Wide Spectral Coverage
The sensor could provide a way to detect communication signals over the entire radio frequency from 1 to 100 GHz.
Applications include high-speed communications, networking, and sensing.
This method of machine learning could make communications in the unlicensed bands much more efficient.
Flat-panel technology could transform antennas, wireless, and cellphone communications.
Additive manufacturing creates cooling solutions with sizes and shapes not previously possible.
This system encodes information in twisting beams of light.
Smart adaptive clothing can lower the body temperature of the wearer in hot climates.
Using integrated photonic chips fabricated at EPFL, scientists have demonstrated laser-based microwave generators.
A quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial intelligence.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Cut-to-Length Electrical Cable Cuts Costs
Electrical cables are used in services such as power delivery, automation signaling, and communications.
This system can amplify a faint signal from a neighboring system even when that signal’s amplitude is as small as ten trillionths of a meter.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Electric Nanoscale Device Sees Through Walls
Applications include imaging, sensing, wireless communications, and medical treatments.
The technique could be used to improve navigation for robots, drones, or pedestrians.
A team is exploring new materials for telecommunications and LIDAR applications.
This device could give doctors a new therapeutic option for treating patients with conditions such as heart failure.

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