Retrodirective antennas for secure terrestrial applications

  • Retrodirective antennas for secure terrestrial applications

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

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.

Contact details

Supervisor Name: Dr Neil Buchanan                                                                Tel: +44 (0)28 90971721

QUB Address: ECIT Institute, Queens Road, Queens Island, Belfast, BT3 9DT     Email: