High Gain Antennas and Circuits for Broadband Connectivity

The emergence of new ubiquitous communication systems has increased the need for creative antenna solutions, novel sensors, and low-profile circuit configurations that can offer high data rate multimedia exchange at a low cost. Other emerging applications include sensors for biomedical applications, automotive and airport tracking radar, climate change observation, beam steering radars for security and defence, and satellite, terrestrial and space-based transceiver links for on the move connectivity. For instance, when travelling on spaceships, airplanes, trains, and busses. The microwave and millimetre-wave frequency ranges have shown much promise allowing for increased data transmission rates while also offering smaller and compact designs.

Low-profile circuits and antennas can meet this cost-effective requirement. They are attractive due to their low-cost, ease of fabrication, and compatibility with other devices and integrated circuits. More specifically, this project is related to the development of new high gain antennas and related devices that have never been seen before. It is expected that patent applications will pursued upon successful project completion. The student will obtain core expertise in the areas of antenna and RF/microwave engineering where advanced high-power simulations tools will be exploited to ease and assist in the design. High frequency electronic testing best practices will also be introduced for device characterization as well as antenna measurements in a specialized room; i.e. an anechoic chamber.

These research activities will be based at the Institute of Sensors, Signals, and Systems at the Edinburgh Campus of Heriot-Watt University with the intent to benefit from the ongoing research within the Microwave and Antenna Research Group, and the project will be co-supervised by Professor George Goussetis and Dr. Symon K. Podilchak. Collaborations with with other leading research professionals will also likely occur from Technical University of Cartagena, La Sapienza University of Rome, and Politecnico di Torino to name a few. In addition, many industry scientists from the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus DS are also expected to provide technical support, and share their expertise throughout the project.

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Symon K. Podilchak
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EM 2.02
Deputy name: 
George Goussetis