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Intelligent adaptive metasurfaces and antennas for beyond-5G applications


   Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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  Dr C Panagamuwa, Prof W Whittow  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Wireless Communications Research Group has vector network analysers (VNA) (up to 65 GHz); commercial CST and EMPIRE EM software; a suite of dielectric measurement facilities including waveguides, cavity and split post dielectric resonators (SPDR); a new ~£300k anechoic chamber up to 50 GHz; 3D-printers; selective laser melting (SLM); and a Haecker VICO Laser Machine for dispensing metals and ceramics. The wider School has specialist materials testing facilities, metrology equipment, and environmental chambers. Loughborough University has recently invested £80m in Engineering including a new Communications Laboratory.

The successful PhD student will be allocated office space co-located with researchers with relevant research interests. We will host internal seminars. The University also provides extensive training opportunities for skills development.

Metasurfaces are an exciting new development in the world of communications. They can be designed to have advanced electromagnetic properties such as reflecting an incoming wave in a specified direction, changing the polarisation, or reducing the radar cross section of objects. If we include the ability to change the properties of the local unit cells by PIN diodes or switches, we have the capability to have an intelligent conformal surface where the behaviour can be controlled. These metasurfaces could be used as a standalone device or be designed to improve an antenna’s properties. This project will include running electromagnetic simulations of unit cells and full structures, developing analytical models, fabricating structures, programming FPGAs, carrying out rigorous measurements in our anechoic chambers, and writing high quality journal papers.

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Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘SAM22'
If awarded, the studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. While we welcome applications from international students, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified end of March 2022.
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