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Focus Area: Focusing Antenna Systems
BackgroundAt millimetre (mm) and sub-mm waves, moderate or high-gain radiating structures are key devices to establish point-to-point and point-to-multipoint radio links for far-field and near-field applications, such as: high data-rate communication indoor & outdoor systems (smart home, gigabit offices), communication with satellites and moving platforms, intelligent transport systems, passive and active imaging / sensing, security and surveillance systems in public areas, etc.
In this area, quasi-optical technologies, and in particular dielectric and metallic focusing systems, are very attractive due to their promising figure of merit in terms of performance and cost. The main antenna technologies covered by this Working Group include any integrated dielectric focusing / collimating system built from arbitrary focusing devices (dielectric or metal-dielectric lenses of various shapes and sizes, and made of different constitutive materials) combined with a set of arbitrary primary feeds or detectors (e.g. 2-D or 3-D passive or active devices) that can be integrated at the “system” base and arranged into arrays to design a reconfigurable, beam forming or beam steering antenna systems.
ObjectivesThe major goal of this WG is to gather and share expertise and know-how on dielectric focusing systems (and feeds) spread all over Europe in order to strengthen and consolidate education and research in this field. To reach this goal the following objectives are formulated:
OrganizationThis Working Group originates from various institutions previously involved in ACE and ACE-2.
The Management Committee will meet at least once a year (for instance in parallel to other scientific events like EuCAP conference, EuMW, COST VISTA meetings, etc.), and use other means such as e-mail or teleconferences to keep a continuous communication.
To promote this rapidly developing research domain, a research and network project entitled "New frontiers in mm / sub-mm waves integrated dielectric focusing systems" (acronym NEWFOCUS) has been recently proposed to and supported by the European Science Foundation (ESF) under the Research Networking Program (RNP) scheme.
RNP NEWFOCUS gathers 12 research teams from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, and Ukraine.
These teams have strong background and expertise in the relevant fields and currently focus their research and networking activities onto generic integrated dielectric focusing systems and their associated feeds / sensors.
NEWFOCUS home page with all the relevant information (call for proposals, supported projects, funding, etc.) can be found at: http://www.esf-newfocus.org
Steering Committee of Newfocus and of this Working Group
Dr. Artem V. Boriskin, Institut d'Electronique et de Télécommunications de Rennes (IETR), UMR CNRS 6164, Université de Rennes 1, Rennes, France
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