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ECE7603J – Millimeter-wave and Terahertz Wireless Communications


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Credits: 3 Credits

Pre-requisites: Ve455 Digital Communication Signals and Systems, Ve489 Computer Networks, and/or good graduate standing


Millimeter-wave (mmWave) communication systems (30–300 GHz) have been officially adopted in fifth generation (5G) cellular systems, and several mmWave sub-bands have been allocated for licensed communications, including 38.6–40GHz (1.4GHz bandwidth), 57–64GHz (7GHz bandwidth, but usually smaller due to international regulations) and 71–76GHz / 81–86GHz (10GHz bandwidth in total). While the trend for higher carrier frequencies is clear, the total consecutive available bandwidth for mmWave systems is still less than 10 GHz, which makes it difficult to support terabit per second data rates. In this context, Terahertz band (0.1–10 THz) communication is envisioned as a key wireless technology to satisfy the future demands within 5G and beyond. This class will focus on the state-of-the-art transceiver and antenna technologies, electromagnetic wave propagation, physical layer technologies (including modulation, massive MIMO, etc.), link and network layer design (including medium access control, network discovery and association, interference, resource allocation, etc.), and key applications and outreach directions (including space communications, secure and military communications, localization, nanonetworks, etc.).

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