Tunable devices for modern communications: materials, integration, modeling, and applications

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2017

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Tunable devices for modern communications: materials, integration, modeling, and applications.

The tunability of devices is a prerequisite for modern communications: the next generation of systems operating at RF, microwave, millimeter-wave, THz, and optical frequencies requires operation over ultra-wide bands, fast switching between channels, and low noise, along with easy integration and low cost. With the advent of novel applications related to 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), different technologies are being developed for answering these needs in various frequency bands. In particular, new materials have been proposed, which allow device tunability at high frequencies, such as liquid crystals, ferroelectrics, atomically thin materials, and metamaterials. Novel tunable components and properties have been recently developed, in particular in the field of tunable filters and reconfigurable antennas. Furthermore, innovative integration technologies for the complete integration of millimeter-wave systems are gaining increasing interest, including substrate integrated waveguide (SIW) and circuit (SIC) technologies. In addition to the scientific and technological developments, new and efficient modeling & CAD techniques are required to design such components and systems, which guarantee reliable modeling, design flexibility, and fast time-to-market.

For developing a successful tunable device operating in the RF, microwave, or terahertz frequency ranges, there is an intense need for interdisciplinary efforts to achieve accurate and cost-effective modeling (by means of advanced mathematics & CAD tools, optimization, etc.), advanced fabrication techniques involving a variety of new and smart materials which are capable of dealing with the new trends in 5G and IoT systems, and experimental characterization of all elements of the devices and systems and their performance characteristics.

5G technologies are meant to enhance a user’s experience because they will provide better information transference. However, to achieve this goal with the next generation of smaller mobile platforms, reconfigurable devices and systems must be developed. Consequently, the topic is of great importance to the future of wireless systems.

The objective of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to cover an area which is at the frontier between several fields of engineering, applied physics, and advanced mathematical modeling/CAD.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Reconfigurable antennas
  • Directional antennas
  • Multi-functional antennas
  • Active metasurfaces
  • Graphene tunable and/or reconconfigurable devices for high frequencies
  • 2D materials tunable and/or reconconfigurable devices for high frequencies
  • Phased antennas arrays for 5G applications
  • Tunable microwave components
  • Tunable filters
  • Microwave filter synthesis
  • Reliability of tunable components
  • Advances and challenges in simulation tools and methods (CAD)
  • Advances in analytical methods for the design of tunable components and systems
  • CAD based on modern mathematics/ differential geometry/ topology for microwave /terahertz materials/components modeling
  • Cognitive radios for spectrum reconfigurability
  • Spectrum Sensible devices and radios
  • 3D printable devices with reconfigurability

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Associate Editor: Andrei Muller, Nanolab, EPFL Lausanne ( Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne), Switzerland

Guest Editors:

  1. Richard Ziolkowski, University of Arizona, USA
  2. Mircea Dragoman,Institute of Microtechnology, Romania
  3. Maurizio Bozzi, University of Pavia, Italy
  4. Elena Blokhina, University College Dublin, Ireland
  5. Jusung Kim, Hanbat National University, South Korea


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Nano-antennas, Nano-transceivers, and Nano-networks / Communications
  2. Optimization for Emerging Wireless Networks: IoT, 5G and Smart Grid Communication Networks


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

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