Exploring Reconfigurable Antenna Design and Analysis with Mohammad Ali

Wireless communication, navigation, and radar have seen rapid growth in recent years. Wireless technology is now everywhere in the world. Even in the remotest villages in the developing world, one can see the use of smart phones and other wireless devices. Wireless technology can be seen in handheld, wearable, and implantable devices. Smart homes are increasingly being equipped with Internet of Things (IoT)-type devices. Wireless routers with advanced features are also now common and have become necessary to provide support for high-speed video data and gaming. Modern-day automobiles contain a plethora of wireless devices and upcoming self-driving cars will contain even more wireless and radar technologies. The field of medical applications is another area where wireless technology is having a tremendous impact in terms of telehealth, wearable sensors, and implantable wireless sensor technologies. Industrial manufacturing is seeing the integration of IoT devices for sophisticated manufacturing. All of these and other wireless applications require well-performing antennas. While the performance criteria vary from application to application, there is a tremendous need for antennas that can support multiple functions. There is also a need to achieve that with a miniature size so that such antennas can be easily integrated into the housing of a small device. If a single antenna can be modified or reconfigured to perform multiple functions, such an antenna can be called a reconfigurable antenna.

The focus of this book is to present to the reader the design and application aspects of reconfigurable antennas that are attractive for modern wireless communications. The book will help technical professionals learn the existing state of the art on reconfigurable antennas including frequency, pattern, and polarization reconfiguration. It will also assist professionals on antennas for cognitive radio and multiple input multiple output (MIMO) communications. The book shows an overview of reconfigurable antennas on mm-wave communications which will be of interest to professionals. A good discussion on switching devices, their biasing is provided. Finally, how to simulate reconfigurable antennas using commercial electromagnetic software is provided.

What are some problems your books help technical professionals solve?

  • RF switch selection, insertion loss and isolation characterization.
  • Switch biasing and reconfigurable antenna simulation.
  • Fundamental design principles and applications of frequency, pattern, and polarization reconfigurable antennas.
  • MIMO antenna characterization methods.
  • Introduction to mm-wave reconfigurable antennas.

What are some important features of your book and what can a buyer expect to derive from those features?

Feature: Frequency and pattern reconfiguration

Benefit: Provides with the knowledge to understand frequency and pattern reconfiguration

Feature: RF switch, biasing, simulation

Benefit: Understanding of how to select RF switches, bias them and perform electromagnetic simulations

Feature: Reconfigurable antennas for cognitive radio

Benefit: Examples are provided for those and mm-wave communications

What are the audiences at which this book is aimed? How will the book be used by this audience?

Audience: Engineer in mobile phone company

Use: Frequency, pattern, polarization reconfiguration; MIMO antenna; mm-wave reconfigurable antenna

Audience: Engineer in automobile industry

Use: Pattern reconfigurable antenna, frequency reconfigurable antenna

Audience: Graduate students

Use: Working on master’s theses, Ph.D. dissertations.

Audience: Engineer in computing, A/R, V/R company

Use: Frequency and pattern reconfigurable antennas


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