School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
& ECIT Global Research Institute
Proposed Project Title: Retrodirective antennas for secure terrestrial applications
Principal Supervisor: Dr Neil Buchanan Second Supervisor: Prof Vincent Fusco
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.
Supervisor Name: Dr Neil Buchanan Tel: +44 (0)28 90971721
QUB Address: ECIT Institute, Queens Road, Queens Island, Belfast, BT3 9DT Email: firstname.lastname@example.org