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Graphene-based Devices For Terahertz-band Communication

In recent years, wireless data traffic has grown exponentially 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 communication. Wireless Terabit-per-second links (a thousand times faster than what current systems can achieve!!!) are expected to become a reality within the next ten years. Towards this aim, Terahertz (THz) band (0.1-10 THz) communication is envisioned as one of the key wireless technologies to satisfy this demand. In addition, THz-band communication will enable a plethora of long-awaited applications ranging from instantaneous massive data transfers among nearby devices in Terabit Wireless Personal and Local Area Networks, to ultra-high-definition content streaming over mobile devices in future small cells. The objective of this research opportunity is to design, model and simulate novel graphene-based plasmonic devices to enable practical THz communication systems. Undergraduate students will initially help with the simulation of the devices recently proposed by Dr. Jornet’s group. As they become more familiar with the topic, they will also start to contribute with innovative designs of their own. The simulation platform to be utilized for this purpose is based on COMSOL Multi-physics and Matlab, and makes intensive use of the Center for Computational Research (CCR) at UB. Training on how to use these tools will be provided. *Applicants must have already completed their first semester of junior year and must have taken EE32 Applied Electromagnetics* *Applicants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents (Green Card Holders)*
*Minumum GPA of 3.25*

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Electrical Engineering
Student Skill-Set Needed: Background knowledge on applied electromagnetics and wireless communication and networks is needed. Matlab and COMSOL knowledge preferred but not mandatory.
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Fall, Spring


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Josep Miquel Jornet
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Electrical Engineering
Office: 222 Davis Hall
Phone: 716-645-1607