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Title: Beam reconfigurable microstrip antennas based on parasitics with linear and circular polarisation capability
Author: Allayioti, Marion
ISNI:       0000 0004 7425 3465
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2018
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Millimetre wave beam and polarization reconfigurable antennas for future wireless communications are investigated in this thesis. The millimetre wave frequency spectrum has recently attracted large attention from researchers and the industry of wireless communications. Millimetre wave frequencies is considered to be the frequency spectrum between 30 GHz and 300 GHz. However, the industry considers the spectrum above 10 GHz as millimetre wave, due to the fact that it shows similar propagation characteristics with the spectrum above 30 GHz. The aforementioned spectrum of frequencies offers a lot of advantages compared to lower frequency spectrum, due to the fact that it offers large and mostly unexploited bandwidths. The need for very high data rates, in future wireless communications, increases the need for bandwidth. Millimetre wave frequencies can be used to fulfill future bandwidth demands. Although millimeter wave frequencies offer several advantages and good potential for future wireless communications, they also impose several challenges. This thesis discusses the need for highly directive and beam reconfigurable antennas for such high frequencies. It also discusses how an antenna design can benefit from being circularly polarised for several wireless communication applications and how antennas for future wireless communications must be able to reconfigure several parameters, without compromising the performance, cost and size, giving the exibility to a wireless terminal to operate in several different modes. This thesis proposes novel reconfigurable antennas for portable devices, which can be used at millimetre wave frequencies, and which offer high gain, wide steering range, low scan loss and multi-parameter reconfigurability; essential characteristics that antennas designed for future wireless communications should offer.
Supervisor: Kelly, James Sponsor: EPSRC
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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