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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