Graphene Antenna for Terahertz Band Communication

Technology #6319

Nano sized antenna for wireless communication between devices

Background: The proliferation of nanotechnology and miniaturized devices is resulting in the need for new types of antenna technology in wireless devices and applications. Current metallic antenna components demonstrate significant issues when used in nano-sized devices which range from excess power consumption to lower performance levels. In order to address these issues, the inventors have come up with a novel antenna solution that uses graphene nano-ribbons assembled into a low profile, compact, reliable nanostrip antenna.

Technology: Inventors at Georgia Tech have developed a novel nano-antenna solution that enables reliable wireless communication in the Terahertz band. The device has been tested to show reliable performance from 0.1-10 THz using the characteristics of plasmonic phenomena and waves and without the use of noble metals or metamaterials, that other solution are using. Conventional techniques like material doping are utilized in this invention to allow for tuning of the frequency in the antenna. The small size of this invention also allows for easy integration into next generation nano-devices.

Potential Commercial Applications:

·  Wireless transceiver devices and wireless components

·  Tablets, computers, cellphones, RFID tags

·  High data traffic systems and devices

Benefits/Advantages:

·  Compact - Can be easily integrated into nano-size devices

·  Reliable – Consistent communications

·  Low power - Reduces the power footprint required in nano-sized transceiver devices

Inventors

Ian F. Akyildiz –Professor – Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Josep Miquel Jornet– Graduate Research Assistant– Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering