Exploration of Intercell Wireless Millimeter-Wave Communication in the Landscape of Intelligent Metasurfaces

Anna C. Tasolamprou, Alexandros Pitilakis, Sergi Abadal, Odysseas Tsilipakos, Xavier Timoneda, H. Taghvaee, M. S. Mirmoosa, Fu Liu, Christos Liaskos, Ageliki Tsioliaridou, Sotiris Ioannidis, Nikolaos V. Kantartzis, Dionysios Manessis, Julius Georgiou, Albert Cabellos-Aparicio, Eduard Alarcón, Andreas Pitsillides, I. F. Akyildiz, S. A. Tretyakov, E. N. EconomouMaria Kafesaki, C. M. Soukoulis.

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Software-defined metasurfaces are electromagnetically ultra-thin, artificial components that can provide engineered and externally controllable functionalities. The control over these functionalities is enabled by the metasurface tunability, which is implemented by embedded electronic circuits that modify locally the surface resistance and reactance. Integrating controllers within the metasurface cells, able to intercommunicate and adaptively reconfigure it, thus imparting a desired electromagnetic operation, opens the path towards the creation of an artificially intelligent (AI) fabric where each unit cell can have its own sensing, programmable computing, and actuation facilities. In this work we take a crucial step towards bringing the AI metasurface technology to emerging applications, in particular exploring the wireless mm-wave intercell communication capabilities in a software-defined HyperSurface designed for operation in the microwave regime. We examine three different wireless communication channels within the landscape of the reflective metasurface: Firstly, in the layer where the control electronics of the HyperSurface lie, secondly inside a dedicated layer enclosed between two metallic plates, and, thirdly, inside the metasurface itself. For each case we examine the physical implementation of the mm-wave transceiver nodes, we quantify communication channel metrics, and we identify complexity vs. performance trade-offs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8788546
Pages (from-to)122931 - 122948
JournalIEEE Access
Early online date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Wireless communication
  • Communication system security
  • Electromagnetics
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Transceivers
  • Communication channels
  • Fabrics
  • mm-wave communications
  • millimeter wave wireless communications
  • intercell wireless networks
  • mm-wave devices
  • artificially intelligent materials
  • software defined metasurfaces
  • antennas and propagation

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