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Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) 



Our research group is part of the Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC) whose center of operation is the Radar Innovations Laboratory (RIL). The RIL is a 35,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility dedicated to advancing OU's radar program. The laboratory includes a large microwave lab with seating for 70 students, 22 staff, and 18 faculty members, a high-bay garage for mobile radar platforms, prototype fabrication facilities, a fully stocked machine shop, two precision anechoic chambers, an experimental observation deck, state-of-the-art classroom and seminar space, and a unique "Ideas Room" for fostering collaboration and innovation. Located just east of the National Weather Center, the RIL has been open since 2015 and has become an integral part of the OU South Research Campus.

RF CAD Design

RF CAD design capabilities

  • HFSS Desktop & Solver (51 Licences)

  • ADS (52 Licences)

  • FEKO (115 Licences)

  • CST (50 Licences)

  • Microweave Studio

  • LabView 

  • MatLab

  • Solid Work (3 Licences)

  • Altium (11 Licences)

  • Altera (10 Licences)

  • Xilinx (25 Licences)

RF CAD Design
RF CAD Design

RF Instrumentation

  • Agilent PNA and PNA-X Network Analyzers (up to 50 GHz for two ports, 26.5 GHz for 16-port analysis) with an electronic calibration module

  • Agilent PSA and EXA Spectrum Analyzers with Phase Noise and Noise Figure Personalities (up to 50 GHz)

  • Tektronix Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer with 110 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth (up to 14 GHz)

  • Agilent PSG Analog Signal Generator (up to 50 GHz)

  • Agilent PSG Vector Signal Generator (up to 31.8 GHz)

  • Agilent Peak Power Meter (50 GHz)

  • Agilent Oscilloscope (8 GHz)

  • Anritsu Portable Spectrum Analyzer (13 GHz)

  • Agilent Arbitrary Waveform Generator (125 MHz)

  • Agilent Multi-channel data logger

  • Agilent LCR meter (2 MHz)

Fabrication & prototyping

  • LPKF Milling Machine

  • Electroless-and electro-plating setup

  • Multilayer lamination capabilities

  • Extensive soldering and rework equipment

  • Polymer chemical vapor deposition

  • 3D solid freeform fabrication

  • Photolithography patterning










RF Instrumentation

RF Test Facility


    –Frequency Range : 0.3-18 GHz,

    –Absorber size:

    –AEPF-18, -30dB -50dB (0.5 -24GHz)

    –AEPF-19, -30dB -50dB (0.5 -24GHz)

    –AEPF-24, -35dB -50dB (0.5 -24GHz)

    –AEPF-36, -35dB -50dB (0.3 -24GHz)

    –    Quite zone:   -24dB @ 300MHz

                  -45dB @ 4GHz

                  -50dB @ 18GHz

    –Length: 26’x26’x38’ (7.8mx7.8mx11.4m)

    –3 axes-positioner

      Probe: Theta and phi

      AUT: phi

    –CW and pulsed

    –Based on  PNA N5222A (10MHz-26.5GHz)

    –Range: 24’ (7.2m)

Far-field range

RF Test Facility
RF Instrumentation
RF Instrumentation
RF Instrumentation
RF Instrumentation

Near-field range

  • –Frequency Range : 1.7-20 GHz

    –Planar, Cylindrical and Spherical

    –Absorber size:

        AEPF-08, 30dB -50dB (1 -24GHz)

        AEPF-12, 30dB -50dB (1 -24GHz)

        AEPF-18, 40dB -50dB (1 -24GHz)

    –Length: 11’x26’x11’ (3.3mx7.8mx3.3m)

    –Multiple axes-positioner:

         Probe X, Y, Z, theta, phi, AUT: Theta, phi

    –CW and pulsed

    –Based on  PNA 8360 (10MHZ- 50GHz)

    –MARS for spherical option only

    –Probe load: 20 Lb (Max, WR430)

    –AUT load: 20 Lb (Max, WR430)

    –Positioner repeatability: 0.02” (0.005mm)

    –Resolution: 0.0025” (0.06mm)

    –Positioner performance:

       X-axes:  5’,   15 in/sec,    0.0025in

       Y-axes : 5’,   30 in/sec,    0.0025in

       Z-axes : 4’,   0.5 in/sec,   0.0010in

Near-Field Range
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