CSIRO's smart antenna technology makes the most of available spectrum.
Antenna systems research
CSIRO develops, designs and builds antennas for applications in digital wireless networks, broadband communications and radio astronomy.
29 July 2011 | Updated 14 October 2011
Building on our long history designing and building antennas for radio astronomy, CSIRO’s current antenna research is world-class and has wide-ranging applications.
We currently focus on developing antennas:
Our work on antennas that automatically make the most flexible and efficient use of the radio spectrum underpins our research into cognitive wireless networks.
Cognitive wireless networks take information from an optic fibre hub, for example, and make it available to wireless devices.
Our antenna research is world-class and has wide-ranging applications.
The network is made up of intelligent nodes that cooperate among themselves to deliver information with improved link reliability, capacity and coverage.
We’re developing low cost reconfigurable antennas that will go inside these nodes.
The antennas will operate at frequencies from a few hundred megahertz to millimetre-wave frequencies. The millimetre bands above 60 gigahertz offer the wide bandwidth necessary for high speed wireless delivery of multimedia information.
Read about how these technologies are applied in:
For ASKAP we’re developing enabling technology using wideband focal plane array (FPA) antennas and digital beamformers.
In particular, we’re investigating:
the capability of wideband connected-array antennas
electromagnetic modelling of array antennas
FPA system modelling
design and optimisation of joints, array elements and low-noise amplifiers
digital beamforming and calibration techniques.
Read more in ASKAP technologies [external link].
Our research partners in the private sector include:
Our government partners include the:
Our antenna systems research has benefitted defence forces and professionals working in the field of satellite communications.
We have helped wireless communications companies develop cutting edge systems and products, for example:
We have also enhanced the capabilities of radio astronomy facilities in Australia and overseas, for example:
Read more about Creating a wireless world.