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IN-SITU LARGE AREA FABRICATION OF METAMATERIALS ON ARBITRARY SUBSTRATES USING PAINT PROCESS

By P. Singh, C. Mutzel, S. MacNaughton, and S. Sonkusale

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Abstract:
This paper proposes a novel method to make large area metamaterials on arbitrary planar hard or flexible substrates, in-situ. The method is based on painting the desired substrate with metallic and dielectric paints through a patterned stencil mask. We demonstrate this painting approach to fabricate ultra-thin perfect electromagnetic absorbers based on metamaterials at X-band frequencies (8-12 GHz) with paper based stencils, silver ink and latex paint. Measurement results on absorber samples made with this process shows absorption of 95%-99%, in close agreement with simulation results. The proposed painting approach is a simple low cost additive manufacturing process that can be used to realize metamaterial based frequency selective surfaces and filters, radar absorbers, camouflage screens, electromagnetic sensors and EMI protection devices.

Citation:
P. Singh, C. Mutzel, S. MacNaughton, and S. Sonkusale, "In-Situ Large Area Fabrication of Metamaterials on Arbitrary Substrates Using Paint Process," Progress In Electromagnetics Research, Vol. 141, 117-133, 2013.
doi:10.2528/PIER13050313
http://www.jpier.org/PIER/pier.php?paper=13050313

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