Tapping the Demand for Miniature Antennas
Wireless devices like smart phones are becoming increasingly complicated as more functions are added onto them. This has led to a growing need for high-performance, miniaturized antenna designs for devices that are getting smaller and lighter.
Dr. Ahmed Kishk, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Antenna Systems, is studying antennas and microwave circuits. Kishk is focusing on the development of miniaturized antennas that can accommodate the many frequency bands used in a wide array of multi-functional devices.
He also aims to develop miniaturized antennas that have other microwave functions and are capable of serving diverse applications. In addition, Kishk’s work involves adding solar energy harvesting capabilities to antennas to allow batteries to recharge on their own, thus extending their operating lives.
Kishk’s work will not only expand the functionality of personal communication devices, but will also be useful in a number of other applications, including affordable anti-collision radar for vehicles, also personal radar for boarder security, radio frequency identification technology for sensor remote monitoring and cancer detection.