Established in 1968 the group has comprehensive experimental facilities housed in the Antenna Measurement Laboratory, which has recently received £1 million in infrastructure investment.
The group has strong links with industry and a current active grant portfolio of over £7.5m and this includes a prestigious EPSRC platform grant valued at £1.2 million to fund post-doctoral researchers as well as in-reach and outreach activities with other world-leading antenna laboratories and EPSRC Programme Grant led by Prof. Yang Hao on Quest of Transformational Electromagnetics worth around £4.6m.
Our research on antennas for mobile communications includes multiband antennas, multiple antennas for MIMO applications, Ultra wideband (UWB) antennas, semi-smart base station antennas and antennas and radio propagation for body-centric wireless communications.
In the area of metamaterials we study computational electromagnetic models for both active and passive structures. We are studying new nano-materials such as graphene and carbon nanotubes that offer possible advances in antennas and metamaterials.
We are developing software techniques to exploit the concepts of Transformation Electromagnetics, offering such novel devices as flat multi-reflector antennas and cloaking devices. Our research on Terahertz Spectroscopy aims to help scientists visualize structures such as proteins and actively enhance chemical reactions.
In the area of antennas and healthcare we study the interaction of electromagnetic waves with biological tissue, dosimetry, wireless implants and RF sensors for example in blood glucose monitoring.
We also apply CEM to Microwave Electron Tube Devices to understand design of magnetrons with the aim of developing compact high power millimetrewave sources. In the area of metrology we work on near-field measurement, millimetrewave imaging for security and compact antenna test range development.
We have a comprehensive range of facilities, many of which can be hired by outside organisations. Our facilities include:
We have used and developed many methods including:
Professor Yang Ha, Head of Antennas and Electronmagnetics Research Group, was the winner of the £300,000 IET A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize 2015. Professor Hao presented his lecture titled ‘Antenna Engineering in the Era of Big Data’ at IET London on 17 March 2016.