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Research Facilities

Semi-anechoic chamber

The department is operating a medium size semi-anechoic chamber (15 m2) mainly devoted to EMC and EMI testing in compliance with civilian and military standards (EN 61000, MIL-STD-461D and SDIP-27). The chamber is equipped with a rotating table and remote operation is possible.

Reverberation chamber

A small (10m2) Faraday cage is currently used as a mode-stirred reverberation chamber. It is used to assess the performance of immunity (EMI) testing.

Radio Frequency lab

The RF lab is equipped with state-of-the-art measurement apparatus (VNA, spectrum analyzers, I/Q arbitrary waveform generators, power amplifiers, …). This equipment is undergoing a yearly calibration.

Computing cluster

The Signal and Image Centre has its own opportunistic cluster. It comprises about 150 cpus for a total of about 200GBytes of RAM and more than 30TBytes of disks and is running Linux. It is installed with Matlab, Labview, IDL/ENVI and the usual range of compilers and development tools.

Experimental radar range

The experimental radar range consists in a VNA-based radar able to operate in the frequency range between 1 and 26GHz. It can be configured either to measure RCS of small objects placed on a rotating table. The objects can be up to approximately 1m^3. It can also be configured in SAR mode, the antennas being placed on a rail with a length of 3m.

Bistatic radar receiving platform

The bistatic radar receiving platform consists in a dedicated 8 channels 16 bits 128MS/s acquisition system connected to an array antenna and the associated down-conversion RF electronics currently configured to receive signals in C-band (5GHz).

Electrical drive lab

Besides the low-power didactic benches essentially dedicated to teaching activities, the lab is also equipped with high-power (25kW) benches. The equipment comprises power converters and the associated A/D & D/A converters and real-time processing capabilities in order to develop and test control strategies.

Fiber optics lab

The lab is equiped with 3 optical tables, test equipment and mechanical pieces. The main test equipment are an OTDR, a polarization measurement device and in the near future also a new OSA.