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Retrodirective antennas for secure terrestrial applications

  • Retrodirective antennas for secure terrestrial applications

Retrodirective antennas for secure terrestrial applications

Principal Supervisor: Dr Neil Buchanan

Second Supervisor: Prof Vincent Fusco

+ Project Description

Retrodirective antennas offer a simple, yet highly effective means of providing a high gain antenna, with the ability to point a directional beam towards the target, in real time. The beamforming is entirely carried out in the analogue domain, removing the need for complex and power hungry digital beam forming circuits. Retrodirective antennas have been well characterised in the laboratory environment and QUB is investigating their use for “real world” applications such as satellite communication. What is still missing in this field is in depth studies and practical demonstrations of the retrodirective antenna for terrestrial applications. In particular, metrics need to be determined, and the retrodirective antenna benchmarked for, well known applications such as WiFi networks. The security of the beam tracking is a very important issue and factors pertaining to this will be addressed in this study. This research will offer a high impact in a short timeframe due to its direct application to current applications.

+ How to Apply

Applicants should apply electronically through the Queen’s online application portal at: https://dap.qub.ac.uk/portal/

+ Contact Details

Supervisor Name: Dr Neil Buchanan      
Address:

Queens University of Belfast
School of EEECS
Centre for Wireless Innovation (CWI)
NI Science Park
Queens Road,
Belfast,
BT3 9DT

Email:

n.buchanan@ecit.qub.ac.uk

Tel:

+44 (0)28 9097 1721