Antennas Research Ltd

Antennas Research
Arthur is the name of a huge reflector antenna at Goonhilly, Cornwall
Antennas Research Ltd.     2024
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Antennas Research Ltd.
Antenna and microwave design.  

July 2023:  R&D project ‘Low Cost 3D Radar’ funded by the Defence and Security Accelerator is now in its second phase. The application is as a counter-UAV system. While earlier proof-of-concept used X-band radar, the current version is millimetre-wave. Please see the '3D radar' page.


  • Antenna component design, especially for research and development, prototypes and low or medium volume manufacture
  • Computer Aided Design using the most modern 3D electromagnetics solvers
  • Waveguide components and routes to manufacture, such as milling, wire erosion, spark erosion, and 3D printing
  • Lens antennas, spherical and Luneburg lenses, especially for scanning or multi-beam antennas
  • Systems design and antennas for satellite communications and radar
  • Printed circuit antennas and phase control circuits for phased array antennas
  • Antenna measurements

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The photograph above shows a phase control board for a phased array radar, developed by us in its entirety.
For further details, please see the pages on phased array radar antennas.

About the company's founder, John Thornton MSc. PhD. MIEEE.

In brief...
Originally a physics graduate, I returned to science after a protracted spell in aerospace industry, and commenced an MSc. in Microwave Solid State Physics at the University of Portsmouth in 1994. This lead to a project with the Millimetre Wave Technology Group at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, where I hung about for nearly two years. During this period I also worked as a consultant for the European Space Agency, developing frequency multipliers as millimetre wave sources in the region 270 GHz.  I then held a research post with the communications group at the University of Oxford's Department of Engineering Science, initially to work on radar research. I  completed a doctoral thesis on passive microwave transponders with the Open University in 2002.  From 2000 to 2010 I held the post of Research Fellow at the University of York. In 2010 I stepped back into the commercial world and joined Canada's MDA Corporation. At their small UK subsidiary  I carried out antenna product development for satellite communications , until this drew to a close in 2017.

Archives describing projects and research publications from two of these periods (University of Oxford, University of York) may be found on this site.

In more recent years I've carried out studies and design exercises for other businesses and agencies. I used the brand 'Antennas Research' to publish conference articles and the like on a few occasions.  In 2017 I incorporated Antennas Research Ltd.

Antennas Research Ltd.
A Company registered in England and Wales.  Company number 11118264.  Incorporated 2017.
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