SC-H10: Ultra-broadband Terahertz Communications

Date and Location

08:00--12:00, July 1, 2016, in El Conquistador Resort, Fajardo, Puerto Rico.


  1. Before May 13, 2016:
    1. Student: USD $35
    2. Regular: USD $70
  2. After May 13, 2016:
    1. Student: USD $50
    2. Regular: USD $100
For more information, please refer to the conference registration page.


Wireless data traffic has grown exponentially in recent years due to a change in the way today's society creates, shares and consumes information. This change has been accompanied by an increasing demand for higher speed wireless communications, anywhere, anytime. Wireless Terabit-per-second (Tbps) links are expected to become a reality within the next ten years. In this context, Terahertz (THz)-band (0.1-10 THz) communication is envisioned as a key wireless technology of the next decade. The THz band will help overcome the spectrum scarcity problems and capacity limitations of current wireless networks, by providing an unprecedentedly large bandwidth. In addition, THz-band communication will enable a plethora of long-awaited applications, both at the nano-scale and at the macro-scale, ranging from wireless massive-core computing architectures and instantaneous data transfer among non-invasive nano-devices, to ultra-high-definition content streaming among mobile devices and wireless high-bandwidth secure communications.
In this course, an in-depth view of THz-band communications will be provided. First, the state of the art and open challenges in the design and development of THz-band devices will be presented. In particular, the limitations and possible solutions in the design of high-speed THz-band transceivers, broadband antennas and dynamic antenna arrays will be described. A special emphasis will be given to the utilization of novel materials, such as graphene, to develop compact solid-state devices for THz communications. Then, the current progress and open research directions in terms of THz-band channel modeling will be presented. The main phenomena affecting the propagation of THz signals will be explained and their impact on the channel capacity will be assessed. Finally, new modulation techniques tailored to the THz-band channel as well as novel transmissions schemes such as ultra-massive multiple-input multiple-output will be presented. This course will provide the audience with the necessary knowledge to work in a cutting-edge research field, at the intersection of nanotechnologies, antennas and propagation, and information and communication technologies.

Course Contents

  1. Introduction and Applications of THz-band Communication Networks
  2. THz Device Technologies
    1. Overview of Existing Technologies for THz-band Devices
    2. Graphene-based Plasmonic Devices for THz-band Communications
      1. Signal sources/detectors
      2. Signal modulators/demodulators
      3. Antennas and Antenna Arrays
  3. THz Communication
    1. THz-band Channel Modeling
      1. Fundamentals: Spreading Loss, Absorption Loss, Scattering Loss
      2. Multi-path Channel Modeling
      3. Capacity Analysis
    2. Physical Layer Design:
      1. Ultra-broadband Modulations
      2. Physical-layer Synchronization
      3. Ultra-massive MIMO


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