Description of field of research:

The recent pandemic crisis has emphasized the importance of a high-quality digital infrastructure, showing the need for reliable, high-speed mobile connectivity is virtually limitless. This can be achieved by moving to higher frequencies (envisaged to be 6G), beyond 100GHz, known as terahertz waves. The first research steps towards what will become 6G has already started. There are a few bottlenecks that require to be addressed to accelerate the implementation of 6G. One challenge is the capacity bottleneck imposed by traditional copper wire connection between the chips and between radio and baseband unit of a communication tower. This project is a complementary project to an ARC Linkage project with Industry partner Ericsson entitled 'polymer microstructured terahertz fibres (interconnects) as a new class of data links'. The project contains design/simulation and experimental parts and can be tailored based on the student interest.

School

Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications

Research areas

Telecommunication, 6G, terahertz communication, polymer fibers

The EET Terahertz Innovation Group at UNSW Sydney offers an interdisciplinary research environment with the state-of-the-art terahertz facility to develop and test devices for next generation of communication. The group has a fibre-coupled THz time-domain for characterisation of interconnects and an optical-to-THz downconversion communication system for testing the performance of interconnects. This project will be conducted in close collaboration with the industry partner Ericsson Sweden.

http://terahertz.ee.unsw.edu.au/

The project contains design/simulation and experimental parts and can be tailored based on the student interest:

Outcome for simulation (CST Studio): Designing a compact array of polymer interconnects for maximum data transmission with minimum crosstalk

Outcome for experiment: Link budget analysis and measurement for a terahertz polymer interconnect link

 

Supervisory team includes Dr Shaghik Atakaramians and external industry collaborators