Obtaining precise and reliable dielectric measurement data is becoming increasingly imperative to various industries as new and complex technologies emerge. The automotive industry, for example, depends on precise data to develop high capacity batteries for hybrid drive systems and robust capacitors for kinetic energy recovery systems, while the food industry must develop advanced food-processing techniques to ensure quality assurance procedures at each level. In medicine, accurate dielectric parameters of all device components must be determined to optimize medical devices by electromagnetic stimulations. Performance of antennas and microwave circuits depends on the substrate material parameters; precise data on the used materials in the development phase significantly reduces design time. The currently available measurement equipment for determining the dielectric properties of different materials as a function of frequency, however, is often cumbersome and yields imprecise measurement data.
Although a relatively new area of research at IT’IS, signficant achievements have been attained already and several new challenges await.
Selected Past Achievements