Active mm-Wave Antenna Array for 5G and IOT Applications
5G communications is set to be a game-changer and needs more advanced antennas than ever before.
This research aims to meet the increasing demand for faster data-rates and reliable connectivity for everyone everywhere, and to support new technologies such as Internet of Things, millimeter waves have been identified as a suitable spectrum for developing fifth generation technology. New types of antennas are needed that can dynamically focus radiation in particular directions to minimise losses and interference.
Traditionally, complex phase shifters feeding antenna arrays are used to beamform radiation patterns in different directions. These can be cumbersome and are not ideal for small installations. This work is looking into developing cheaper and more compact active antenna array systems for electronic beam-steering at 28GHz.
Dr Chinthana Panagamuwa, Lecturer in Photonic Systems and Director of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Undergraduate Programmes
“More advanced antenna designs are essential for delivering the promise of 5G. With its new measurement facilities, Loughborough University is well placed to work at the cutting edge.”