Millimeter-wave and Terahertz Propagation, Channel Modeling and Applications

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2019

Submission Deadline: 30 June 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Millimeter-wave and Terahertz Propagation, Channel Modeling and Applications.

The demand for ever-increasing wireless data-transmission rates and throughput area-densities is common to several wireless services and application areas, from ultra-dense cellular networks to internet access, wireless networks on-chip, back-hauling, device-to-device communications and sensing techniques. This need is fostering the exploration of new spectrum in the millimeter-wave (30 to 300 GHz) and Terahertz (0.1 to 10 THz) bands and the study of techniques for multi-Gigabit transmission based on very high-gain antennas or using massive antenna arrays (massive-MIMO, i.e. massive Multiple Input Multiple Output systems).

Besides the greater spectrum availability, mm-wave and THz communications can benefit from the small wavelength, which allows for the design of compact, massive antenna arrays with very narrow beams and therefore of powerful beamforming techniques (pencil-beamforming) that yield optimum spectrum spatial re-use and consistently high signal to interference ratio.

Beamforming is likely to be of great interest for far-field Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) techniques, recently proposed to energize small, battery-less devices and sensors and foster the development of the Internet of Things (IoT). For example, small, low-cost passive tags could be attached to products in a warehouse and high gain mm-wave beam-scanning antenna arrays could be used to localize them and at the same time to acquire sensing information about them. Furthermore, the use of multiple bands in the mm-wave and Terahertz frequency ranges will allow the implementation of very high-accuracy sensing and localization techniques. This will enable a variety of applications, with special regard to security enforcing and vehicular systems, such as the detection and/or localization of drones or the accurate localization of vehicles in urban environment using multi-static cooperative radar techniques for safety and traffic control.

To fully exploit the potential of mm-wave and THz spectrum a deep understanding of the propagation channel will be required, including aspects such as materials’ electromagnetic properties, blockage and scattering due to people, vehicles, drones, as well as multidimensional, multi-frequency channel characterization.  Moreover, multi-disciplinary studies on link components such as antennas, devices, pointing systems, etc., will be necessary, especially for the development of reliable THz communications systems.

The goal of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to provide insight into the peculiar characteristics of electromagnetic propagation at millimeter wave and THz frequencies, to investigate and compare different channel modeling approaches, application scenarios, system architectures, information and power transmission techniques as well as novel localization and sensing solutions that the use of such frequency bands will foster.


The topics of interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Millimeter and Terahertz Wave Propagation
  • Millimeter and Sub-Millimeter Wave Measurements
  • Scattering and Blockage from Humans and Objects
  • Diffuse Scattering Modeling
  • Ray Tracing Propagation Modeling
  • Empirical / Statistical Propagation Modeling
  • Material Characterization at mm-wave and THz Frequencies
  • Mm-wave and THz Channel Modeling
  • Vehicular Communications
  • Railway Communications
  • Air-to-Ground Communications
  • 5G and Beyond Mobile Communications
  • Radar Techniques for Safety and Traffic Control
  • Mm-wave and THz Remote Sensing and Imaging Techniques
  • High Accuracy Localization Techniques
  • Localization and Mapping Techniques
  • Inter- and Intra-chip Wireless Networks
  • Device-to-Device and Rack-to-Rack Communications
  • Gigabit and Terabit Wireless Links for Back-Hauling and High-Speed Access
  • Mm-wave and Terahertz Transmission Techniques and System Architectures
  • Massive MIMO Communications Techniques
  • Analog and Digital Beamforming Techniques
  • Multi-user Beamforming and Space Division techniques
  • Internet of Things
  • Mm-wave RFID techniques
  • Far-field Wireless Power Transmission
  • Wireless Power Focusing techniques and Frequency Diverse Arrays
  • Mm-wave and THz Antennas, Rectennas and Devices
  • Submillimeter Wave Technology


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Associate Editor: Vittorio Degli-Esposti and Franco Fuschini, University of Bologna, Italy

Guest Editors:

  1. Henry L. Bertoni, NYU School of Engineering, New York, USA
  2. Reiner Thomä, Technische Hochschule Ilmenau, Germany
  3. Thomas Kürner, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany
  4. Xuefeng Yin, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  5. Ke Guan, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Roadmap to 5G: Rising to the Challenge
  2. Multi-Function RF Components for Current and Future 5G Wireless Communications
  3. Modelling, Analysis, and Design of 5G Ultra-Dense Networks

IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief:
Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

Paper submission: Contact Associate Editor and submit manuscript to:

For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: : v.deglesposti@unibo.it, franco.fuschini@unibo.it