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Research project

Tunable transparent conductive oxides for plasmonic electronic beam steering

Project overview

A typical antenna or light source sends out electromagnetic waves either in a fixed direction or in all directions in the hope that the signal gets picked up by a receiver anywhere. It would off course be enormously more efficient if the beam can be steered to exactly the direction of the receiver such that virtually no energy is lost in data transmission. This can off course be done my mechanically turning but a much simpler and faster system uses phased arrays in which an electronic signal to each part of the beam allows excellent directionality. Significant research is carried out in this area (including by us) in the microwave range for 5G mobile communication. Extending these properties to optical frequencies (light, infra-red, UV) as proposed in this collaboration would open this property to laser ranging and detection (LIDAR), an essential feature of any self-driving vehicle.


Lead researcher

Professor Kees De Groot


Research interests

  • Radio-Frequency and Microwave Devices
  • 2 dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides  Transistors
  • Smart Radiative Cooling and RF control of smart glass using metal oxides such as Al-doped ZnO and W-doped VO2
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs