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Efficient Terahertz Antennas Using Photomixer and Resonant Tunneling diodes sources

Yin, Wenfei (2017) Efficient Terahertz Antennas Using Photomixer and Resonant Tunneling diodes sources. PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Abstract

Terahertz communications represent a promising candidate for next generation wireless communication systems owing to the wider bandwidth that facilitates faster trans-mission and reception data rates. However, several obstacles exist before terahertz communi-cations can be utilized widely, such as the lack of essential elements including high-power sources, efficient detectors as well as high gain THz antennas. The antenna plays a key role in wireless communication systems, especially for long distance transmission accompanied with high-attenuation in THz regime. Therefore, high gain antennas are needed to maintain the received power and communication links. This thesis demonstrates the design and analysis of efficient THz antennas based on photomixer and resonant tunneling diodes (RTDs) THz sources. Photoconductive antenna utilizes a novel structure that is electromagnetically isolated from the supporting substrate to improve the impedance matching. The antenna-substrate decoupling has been accomplished using PBG and metal surfaces. Besides; a FSS superstrate can be applied to replace a bulky hemispherical lens for gain enhancement. In addition, an RTD-based THz DRA has been proposed by truncating the supporting substrate dimensions. Several DRA modes have been investigated for gain enhancement as well as practical feasibility.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Engineering (Sheffield) > Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Sheffield)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.721854
Depositing User: Mr Wenfei Yin
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2017 10:25
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2018 09:43
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/17845

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