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.
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Associate Editor: Vittorio Degli-Esposti and Franco Fuschini, University of Bologna, Italy
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IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland
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