Intercell Wireless Communication in Software-defined Metasurfaces

Anna C. Tasolamprou, Mohammad Sajjad Mirmoosa, Odysseas Tsilipakos, Alexandros Pitilakis, Fu Liu, Sergi Abadal, Albert Cabellos-Aparicio, Eduard Alarcon, Christos Liaskos, Nikolaos V. Kantartzis, Sergei Tretyakov, Maria Kafesaki, Eleftherios N. Economou, Costas M. Soukoulis

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Tunable metasurfaces are ultra-thin, artificial electromagnetic components that provide engineered and externally adjustable functionalities. The programmable metasurface, the HyperSurFace, concept consists in integrating controllers within the metasurface that interact locally and communicate globally to obtain a given electromagnetic behaviour. Here, we address the design constraints introduced by both functions accommodated by the programmable metasurface, i.e., the desired metasurface operation and the unit cells wireless communication enabling such programmable functionality. The design process for meeting both sets of specifications is thoroughly discussed. Two scenarios for wireless intercell communication are proposed. The first exploits the metasurface layer itself, while the second employs a dedicated communication layer beneath the metasurface backplane. Complexity and performance trade-offs are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems, ISCAS 2018 - Proceedings
ISBN (Electronic)9781538648810
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems - Florence, Italy
Duration: 27 May 201830 May 2018

Publication series

NameIEEE International symposium on circuits and systems
ISSN (Electronic)2379-447X


ConferenceIEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
Abbreviated titleISCAS
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