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Zhu L, Shin S-H, Payapulli R, et al., 2022, 3-D Printed Rectangular Waveguide 123-129 GHz Packaging for Commercial CMOS RFICs, IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, Vol: 32, ISSN: 1051-8207
Shin S-H, Payapulli R, Zhu L, et al., 2022, 3-D Printed Plug and Play Prototyping for Low-cost Sub-THz Subsystems, IEEE Access, Vol: 10, Pages: 41708-41719, ISSN: 2169-3536
Polymer-based additive manufacturing using 3-D printing for upper-millimeter-wave ( ca. 100 to 300 GHz) frequency applications is now emerging. Building on our previous work, with metal-pipe rectangular waveguides and free-space quasi-optical components, this paper brings the two media together at G-band (140 to 220 GHz), by demonstrating a compact multi-channel front-end subsystem. Here, the proof-of-concept demonstrator integrates eight different types of 3-D printed components (30 individual components in total). In addition, the housing for two test platforms and the subsystem are all 3-D printed as single pieces, to support plug and play development; offering effortless component assembly and alignment. We introduce bespoke free-space TRM calibration and measurement schemes with our quasi-optical test platforms. Equal power splitting plays a critical role in our multi-channel application. Here, we introduce a broadband 3-D printed quasi-optical beamsplitter for upper-millimeter-wave applications. Our quantitative and/or qualitative performance evaluations for individual components and the complete integrated subsystem, demonstrate the potential for using consumer-level desktop 3-D printing technologies at such high frequencies. This work opens-up new opportunities for low-cost, rapid prototyping and small-batch production of complete millimeter-wave front-end subsystems.
Zhu L, Payapulli R, Shin S-H, et al., 2022, 3-D printing quantization predistortion applied to sub-THz chained-function filters, IEEE Access, Vol: 10, Pages: 38944-38963, ISSN: 2169-3536
This paper investigates physical dimension limits associated with the low-cost, polymer-based masked stereolithography apparatus (MSLA) 3-D printer, with 50 μm pixels defining the minimum print feature size. Based on the discretization properties of our MSLA 3-D printer, multi-step quantization predistortion is introduced to correct for registration errors between the CAD drawing and slicing software. This methodology is applied to G-band 5th order metal-pipe rectangular waveguide filters, where the pixel pitch has an equivalent electrical length of 8.5° at center frequency. When compared to the reference Chebyshev filter, our chained-function filter exhibits superior S-parameter measurements, with a low insertion loss of only 0.6 dB at its center frequency of 182 GHz, having a 0.9% frequency shift, and an acceptable worst-case passband return loss of 13 dB. Moreover, with measured dimensions after the 3-D printed parts have been commercially electroplated with a 50 μm thick layer of copper, the re-simulations are in good agreement with the S-parameter measurements. For the first time, systematic (quantization) errors associated with a pixel-based 3-D printer have been characterized and our robust predistortion methodology has been successfully demonstrated with an upper-millimeter-wave circuit. Indeed, we report the first polymer-based 3-D printed filters that operate above W-band. As pixel sizes continue to shrink, more resilient (sub-)THz filters with ever-higher frequencies of operation and more demanding specifications can be 3-D printed. Moreover, our work opens-up new opportunities for any pixel-based technology, which exhibits registration errors, with its application critically dependent on its minimum feature size.
Dawood A, Lucyszyn S, 2021, Parasitic high Q-factor open-box modes with 3-D printed dielectric-filled metal waveguides, IEEE Access, Vol: 9, Pages: 134319-134334, ISSN: 2169-3536
High Q-factor open-box mode resonances have been found in the microwave measurements of several 3-D printed dielectric-filled metal-pipe rectangular waveguides (MPRWGs). These parasitic Fabry-Pérot eigenmodes are confined by the conductive walls in the transverse plane of the MPRWG and partially confined by the air-dielectric and dielectric-air boundaries in the longitudinal direction. The excitation of open-box modes was previously speculated to be due to the inhomogeneities and/or anisotropic nature of the 3-D printed dielectric-fillers. This has now been confirmed, by representing the inhomogeneous and anisotropic nature of the woodpile-like dielectric structure (physical realm), with an anisotropic dielectric constant tensor (simulation realm). Analytical and numerical eigenmode solvers, previously used by the authors with MPRWGs, are applied here to parallel-plate waveguides (PPWGs) and circular waveguides (CWGs); identifying all the individual parasitic open-box modes. With the former, its TM11 mode exhibits an ultra-high Q-factor of approximately 2,300 at X-band, which is considerably higher than those found with other modes and in other waveguide structures. Finally, a numerical full-wave frequency-domain simulator that employs the dielectric constant tensor is introduced in this paper. This new modeling technique independently confirms that open-box modes are excited in 3-D printed dielectric-filled MPRWG, PPWG and CWG structures. This paper provides the foundations for accurately modeling parasitic resonances associated with inhomogeneities and anisotropy in 3-D printed microwave components; not just the metal-walled waveguide structures considered here, but the methodology could also be extended to generic 3-D printed dielectric waveguides and substrate-based transmission lines.
Marquez-Segura E, Shin S-H, Dawood A, et al., 2021, Microwave characterization of conductive PLA and its application to a 12 to 18 GHz 3-D printed rotary vane attenuator, IEEE Access, Vol: 9, Pages: 84327-84343, ISSN: 2169-3536
This paper demonstrates an ultra-light weight microwave rotary vane attenuator (RVA) manufactured using polymer-based 3-D printing. In addition, for the first time, conductive polylactic acid (PLA) is rigorously characterized across both X- and Ku-bands (8 to 18 GHz); while acrylonitrile butadiene-styrene (ABS) has similarly been characterized across Ku-band (12 to 18 GHz). Using the results from the conductive PLA characterization process, an electromagnetic model was created for predicting the performance of the RVA. It is shown that, even with its complex internal geometrical features, a mix of both dielectric and conductive PLA building materials, an assembly of multiple parts and a mechanically rotating central section, our experimental proof-of-concept prototype RVA exhibits excellent measured performance across Ku-band. This tunable microwave control device represents a higher-level of functionality for additive manufacturing, when compared to a fixed (i.e., non-movable) 3-D printed structure, opening the way for other groups to routinely 3-D print custom microwave components and subsystems in the not too distant future.
Shin S, Shang X, Ridler N, et al., 2021, Polymer-based 3-D printed 140-220 GHz low-cost quasi-optical components and integrated subsystem assembly, IEEE Access, Vol: 9, Pages: 28020-28038, ISSN: 2169-3536
Few examples of individual polymer-based 3-D printed quasi-optical component types have been previously demonstrated above ca. 100 GHz. This paper presents the characterization of polymer-based 3-D printed components and complete subsystems for quasi-optical applications operating at G-band (140 to 220 GHz). Two low-cost consumer-level 3-D printing technologies (vat polymerization and fused deposition modeling) are employed, normally associated with microwave frequencies and longer wavelength applications. Here, five different quasi-optical component types are investigated; rectangular horn antennas, 90° off-axis parabolic mirrors, radiation absorbent material (RAM), grid polarizers and dielectric lenses. As an alternative to conventional electroplating, gold-leaf gilding is used for the polarizer. A detailed investigation is undertaken to compare the performance of our 3-D printed antennas, mirrors and RAM with their commercial equivalents. In addition, a fully 3-D printed, RAM-lined housing with central two-axis rotational platform is constructed for performing two-port measurements of a quasi-optical horn-mirror-polarizer-mirror-horn subsystem. Measured results generally show excellent performances, although the grid polarizer is limited by the minimum strip width, separation distance and metallization thickness. The ultra-low cost, `plug and play' housing is designed to give a fast measurement setup, while minimizing misaligning losses. Its RAM lining is designed to suppress reflections due to diffraction from components under test that may cause adverse multi-path interference. Our work investigates each component type at G-band and integrates them within subsystem assemblies; operating at frequencies well above those normally associated with low-cost consumer-level 3-D printing technologies. This opens-up new opportunities for rapid prototyping of complete low-cost front-end quasi-optical upper-millimeter-wave subsystems.
Ren H, Shin S, Lucyszyn S, 2020, Enhanced cognitive demodulation with artificial intelligence, Scientific Reports, Vol: 10, Pages: 1-16, ISSN: 2045-2322
The low-cost ‘THz Torch’ wireless link technology is still in its infancy. Until very recently, inherent limitations with available hardware has resulted in a modest operational figure of merit performance (Range × Bit Rate). However, a breakthrough was reported here by the authors, with the introduction of ‘Cognitive Demodulation’. This bypassed the thermal time constant constraints normally associated with both the thermal emitter and sensor; allowing step-change increases in both Range and Bit Rate with direct electronic modulation. This paper concentrates on advancements to the bit error rate (BER) performance. Here, separate techniques are introduced to the demodulation software that, when combined, result in enhanced Cognitive Demodulation. A factor of more than 100 improvement in BER was demonstrated within the laboratory and approximately a 60-fold improvement in a non-laboratory environment; both at the maximum Range and Bit Rate of 2 m and 125 bps, respectively, demonstrated recently. Moreover, demodulation speed is increased by almost a factor of 10,000; allowing for real-time demodulation while easing future computational hardware requirements. In addition to these software advancements, the paper demonstrates important improvements in hardware that has brought the technology out of the laboratory, with field trials being performed within an office corridor.
Jones A, Lucyszyn S, Marquez-Segura E, et al., 2020, 3-D printed standards for calibration of microwave network analysers, Measurement, Vol: 158, Pages: 1-10, ISSN: 0263-2241
This paper describes the design, fabrication and testing of 3-D printed primary standards for use with the calibration of microwave vector network analysers. The standards are a short-circuit and a quarter wavelength section of line that are designed for use with the Thru-Reflect-Line calibration technique. The standards are realised in metal-pipe rectangular waveguide, covering the frequency range from 12 GHz to 18 GHz (i.e., Ku-band). The standards are polymer-based 3-D printed, which is subsequently metal plated to provide the required electrical conductivity. The performance of the standards is compared with conventionally machined standards that are used as part of the UK’s primary national measurement system for microwave scattering parameters. The authors believe that this is the first time that 3-D printing techniques have been used to produce such calibration standards, and, that this could lead to a new approach to providing metrological traceability for these types of measurement.
Ren H, Lucyszyn S, 2020, Thermodynamics-based cognitive demodulation for `THz Torch' wireless communications links, Scientific Reports, Vol: 10, ISSN: 2045-2322
The low-cost ‘THz Torch’ technology, which exploits the thermal infrared spectrum (ca. 10 to 100 THz), was recently introduced to provide secure low data rate communications links across short distances. In this paper, a thermodynamics-based approach is proposed for greatly enhancing the sensitivity of detection with non-stationary thermal radiation, generated by thermal emitters that have been modulated well beyond their thermal time constants. Here, cognitive demodulation is employed and, unlike all previous demonstrators, allows truly asynchronous operation by dynamically predicting the thermal transients for the next bit to be received. The result is a five-fold increase in the reported operational figure of merit (Range × Bit Rate) for ‘THz Torch’ wireless communications links. A single-channel (2 m × 125 bps) prototype and an 8-channel frequency-division multiplexed (0.5 m × 1,000 bps) prototype are demonstrated as proof-of-principle exemplars for the enhanced method of demodulation. Measurements show superior bit error rate performance with an increase in range and bit rate, when compared with conventional threshold detection. This work represents a paradigm shift in thermal-based modulation-demodulation of digital data, and offers a practical solution for the implementation of future ubiquitous secure ‘THz Torch’ wireless communications links; as well as other applications.
Shin S-H, Lucyszyn S, 2020, Benchmarking a Commercial (Sub-)THz Focal Plane Array Against a Custom-Built Millimeter-Wave Single-Pixel Camera, IEEE Access, Vol: 8, Pages: 191174-191190
Lucyszyn S, Ridler N, 2019, 3D-Printed Microwave-to-THz Technologies: ICL-NPL Landscape
Application space for the collaborative work between Imperial College London and the National Physical Laboratory.
Hanham S, Watts C, Ahmad M, et al., 2019, Photonic crystal resonators as bio-liquid sensing platforms in the terahertz band, META 2019
We describethe development of high quality(Q)factor photonic crystal resonators(PCRs)integrated with microfluidic systems to formthe basis ofhighly sensitive liquid sensing platformsforthe terahertz band.The strong confinement of the terahertz fieldincombinationwith the high Q-factor provided bythe PCR allows the measurement of thedielectric properties of sub-nanoliter liquid volumes. We demonstrate the utility of thisapproach by measuring the complex permittivity of several bio-liquids at 100 GHz.
Shin S, Alyasiri D, D’Auria M, et al., 2019, Fully 3-D printed tunable microwave subsystem, International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes (IMWS-AMP), Publisher: IEEE
M´arquez-Segura E, Otter W, Lucyszyn S, et al., 2019, Fabricación aditiva de atenuadores variables de veleta rotatoria en guía de onda, Simposium Nacional de la Unión Científica Internacional de Radio (URSI 2019), Publisher: URSI
Lim YP, Toh YL, Cheab S, et al., 2019, Coupling matrix synthesis and design of a chained-function waveguide filter, Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference 2018, Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 103-105
This paper presents, for the first time, the coupling matrix synthesis for the application of a chained-function to waveguide filters. The realization of this filter is carried out by successively adding one resonator at a time by comparing the simulated responses of each stage with those obtained using the coupling matrix synthesized from the chained-function. A sixth-order chained-function waveguide bandpass filter centered at 28 GHz with a fractional bandwidth of 2% is demonstrated. The simulated S-parameter responses and the sensitivity analysis pertaining to the manufacturing errors is included. The chained-function waveguide has the lowest percentage changes in terms of the return loss performance given the same amount of distortion as compared with those of the Chebyshev response filters. This results in a lower sensitivity rate with respect to the manufacturing errors, leading to achieving a high-performance filter implementation with a minimum tuning effort.
Shin S-H, Alyasiri DF, D'Auria M, et al., 2019, Polymer-Based 3-D Printed Ku-Band Steerable Phased-Array Antenna Subsystem, IEEE Access, Vol: 7, Pages: 106662-106673
Sun J, Dawood A, Otter WJ, et al., 2019, Microwave Characterization of Low-Loss FDM 3-D Printed ABS With Dielectric-Filled Metal-Pipe Rectangular Waveguide Spectroscopy, IEEE Access, Vol: 7, Pages: 95455-95486
AL-JUBOORI B, ZHOU J, HUANG Y, et al., 2018, Lightweight and low-loss 3-D printed millimeter-wave bandpass filter based on gap-waveguide, IEEE Access, Vol: 7, Pages: 2624-2632, ISSN: 2169-3536
This paper presents a comprehensive study of a groove gap waveguide (also known as a waffle-iron) bandpass filter at Ka-band (26.5-40 GHz), fabricated using a high resolution polymer jetting (Polyjet) 3-D printing technology. The same filter was previously fabricated using brass CNC milling technology. The metalized Polyjet 3-D printed filter has lower loss, is lighter in weight and more cost-effective, when compared to the solid metal case. The filter operates at a center frequency of 35.65 GHz, has a 500 MHz bandwidth (1.4% fractional bandwidth), and has a transmission zero below and above the passband. Without any design iterations, the measured S-parameters for the Polyjet 3-D printed filter are presented and compared with simulated results, showing excellent agreement. A comparison is then made between the measured results and that of its brass machined counterpart. The new Polyjet 3-D printed filter is 85% lighter than the conventional machined version. All these features prove the important potential of 3-D printing technology for millimeter-wave applications, which includes aerospace.
Lucyszyn S, Shang X, Otter W, et al., 2018, Polymer-based 3D printed millimeter-wave components for spacecraft payloads, International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes (IMWS-AMP), Publisher: IEEE MTT-S
This paper summarizes the current state of research & development within the U.K. for polymer-based 3D printed guided-wave and quasi-optical components for spacecraft payloads. Preliminary measured results look promising and show that this emerging technology may well overtake existing machined technologies in the not too distant future for general aerospace applications.
Hanham S, Watts C, Ahmad M, et al., 2018, Photonic crystal resonators for terahertz sensing applications, Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium, Publisher: IEICE, Pages: 803-803
Sun J, Lucyszyn S, 2018, Extracting complex dielectric properties from reflection-transmission mode spectroscopy, IEEE Access, Vol: 6, Pages: 8302-8321, ISSN: 2169-3536
Material characterization of homogeneous dielectric slabs using reflection-transmission mode spectroscopy can be problematic due to the ambiguity from a phasor term. A comprehensive analytical review of methods for calculating the normalized power spectra, to extract the effective complex dielectric properties of a sample, is undertaken. Three generic power response models (zero-order, power propagation and electric field propagation) are derived; these models act as a common mathematical framework for the whole paper. With our unified engineering approach, the voltage-wave propagation, transmission line and telegrapher’s equation transmission line models are then independently derived; the first two giving the same mathematical solutions, while the third generates the same numerical results, as the exact electric field propagation model. Mathematically traceable simulation results from the various models are compared and contrasted using an arbitrarily chosen dataset (window glass) from 1 to 100 THz. We show how to extract the approximate effective complex dielectric properties using time-gated time-domain spectroscopy and also the exact values with our graphical techniques from the first-order reflectance and transmittance. Our approach is then taken further by considering all the Fabry-Perot reflections with frequency- and space-domain spectroscopy. With scalar reflection-transmission mode infrared spectroscopy, we model the threshold conditions between the solution space that gives the single (exact) solution for the complex refractive index and that which gives multiple mathematical solutions. By knowing threshold conditions, it is possible to gain a much deeper insight, in terms of sample constraints and metrology techniques that can be adopted, to determine the single solution. Finally, we propose a simple additional measurement/simulation step to resolve the ambiguity within the multiple solution space. Here, sample thickness is arbitrary and no initia
Otter W, Ridler NM, Lucyszyn S, 2017, 3D printed waveguides: A revolution in low volume manufacturing for the 21st century, ARMMS RF & Microwave Society Conference, Publisher: ARMMS RF & Microwave Society, Pages: 1-6
3D printing is a disruptive technology, offering the inherent capabilities for creating truly arbitrary 3D structures, with low manufacturing costs associated with low volume production runs. This paper provides an overview of the current progress in 3D printing of metal-pipe rectangular waveguide (MPRWG) components, from 10 GHz to 1 THz, at Imperial College London. First, measurements performed at the UK National Physical Laboratory demonstrate that 3D printed MPRWG performance is comparable to standard commercial waveguides at X-band and W-band. Then, a fully 3D printed X-band dielectric flap tuneable phase shifter and W-band 6th-order inductive iris bandpass filter are demonstrated experimentally. Finally, an optically-controlled 500 GHz IQ vector modulator will also be presented; packaged laser diodes and high resistivity silicon implants are integrated within a hybrid 3D printed split-block module, representing a paradigm shift in additive manufacturing for realizing tuneable THz applications.
Otter WJ, Lucyszyn S, 2017, Hybrid 3-D-Printing Technology for Tunable THz Applications, PROCEEDINGS OF THE IEEE, Vol: 105, Pages: 756-767, ISSN: 0018-9219
Otter WJ, Lucyszyn S, 2017, Printing: the future of THz, Electronics Letters, Vol: 53, Pages: 443-443, ISSN: 0013-5194
3D printing allows for record-breaking, low-cost waveguides operating at 1.1 THz
Abstract:For the first time, 3D printed metal-pipe rectangular waveguides (MPRWGs) have been demonstrated in the WM-380 (500-750 GHz) and WM-250 (750 GHz-1.1 THz) waveguide bands. The ultra-high spatial resolution offered by the new RECILS additive manufacturing technology enables the precision fabrication of these prototype MPRWGs at such high frequencies. This enabling technology avoids the need for access to expensive microfabrication resources and, thus, opens up the terahertz spectrum to the low-cost manufacture of passive components.
Muller AA, Sanabria-Codesal E, Moldoveanu A, et al., 2017, Extended Capabilities of the 3-D Smith Chart with Group Delay and Resonator Quality Factor, IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, Vol: 65, Pages: 10-19, ISSN: 0018-9480
This paper extends the capabilities of the 3D Smith chart for representing positive and negative differential-phase group delay and the associated loaded resonator quality factor, displayed simultaneously with scattering (S)-parameters. Here, mathematical concepts, inspired from elementary differential geometry and topology, are used to implement 3D projections. It is shown that a condition for a circuit to exploit negative differential-phase group delay is that its S-parameter winding number should be ≥ 0 (relative to its origin). Finally, exemplar network responses that exhibit both positive and negative differential-phase group delay and loaded resonator quality factor are shown with the 3D Smith chart. The convenience of being able to simultaneously display a wider range of parameters on one visualization platform, with the 3D Smith chart, may help to speed-up the design and analysis of microwave circuits by the user.
Hanham SM, Ahmad MM, Lucyszyn S, et al., 2017, LED-switchable High-Q Packaged THz Microbeam Resonators, IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, Vol: 7, Pages: 199-208, ISSN: 2156-342X
This paper describes the design, fabrication and experimental characterization of photonic crystal microbeam cavity resonators for the terahertz band implemented using suspended dielectric rectangular waveguide (DRW) in high resistivity silicon. Electrical quality factors of up to 11,900, combined with small modal volumes of 0.28 mm3 and 0.077 mm3, are demonstrated for devices operating at 100 and 200 GHz, respectively. The devices are found to be extremely light-sensitive, opening up new opportunities for light-controlled switching devices at terahertz frequencies. It is shown that the quality factor of the resonator can be tuned and the resonance extinguished through photo-illumination with an infrared light-emitting diode (IR LED). Additionally, the questions of thermal tunability and thermal stability of the resonators are examined. The demonstrated resonators are inherently suited to integration with DRW and by silicon bulk micromachining represent an attractive approach for realizing microphotonic integrated circuits for terahertz systems-on-a-substrate.
Science and technologies based on terahertz frequency electromagnetic radiation (100 GHz–30 THz) have developed rapidly over the last 30 years. For most of the 20th Century, terahertz radiation, then referred to as sub-millimeter wave or far-infrared radiation, was mainly utilized by astronomers and some spectroscopists. Following the development of laser based terahertz time-domain spectroscopy in the 1980s and 1990s the field of THz science and technology expanded rapidly, to the extent that it now touches many areas from fundamental science to 'real world' applications. For example THz radiation is being used to optimize materials for new solar cells, and may also be a key technology for the next generation of airport security scanners. While the field was emerging it was possible to keep track of all new developments, however now the field has grown so much that it is increasingly difficult to follow the diverse range of new discoveries and applications that are appearing. At this point in time, when the field of THz science and technology is moving from an emerging to a more established and interdisciplinary field, it is apt to present a roadmap to help identify the breadth and future directions of the field. The aim of this roadmap is to present a snapshot of the present state of THz science and technology in 2017, and provide an opinion on the challenges and opportunities that the future holds. To be able to achieve this aim, we have invited a group of international experts to write 18 sections that cover most of the key areas of THz science and technology. We hope that The 2017 Roadmap on THz science and technology will prove to be a useful resource by providing a wide ranging introduction to the capabilities of THz radiation for those outside or just entering the field as well as providing perspective and breadth for those who are well established. We also feel that this review should serve as a useful guide for government and funding agencies.
Otter WJ, Lucyszyn S, 2016, 3-D printing of microwave components for 21st century applications, IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes for RF and THz Applications (IMWS-AMP 2016), Publisher: IEEE
Additive manufacturing using 3-D printing is anemerging technology for the production of high performancemicrowave and terahertz components. Traditionally, thesecomponents are made by (micro-)machining. However, recentadvances in rapid prototyping technology have led to its use increating high performance and low weight RF components. In thisreview paper ten state-of-the-art exemplars are described,covering a wide variety of applications (absorbers, waveguides,antennas and lenses) operating over a broad range of frequencies,from 8 to 330 GHz.
This letter presents the first fully 3-D printed microwave variable phase shifter. The design methodology for a 3-D printable dielectric flap metal-pipe rectangular waveguide variable phase shifter is described. The ABS building material was independently characterized, revealing a dielectric constant of 2.34 and loss tangent of only 0.0015 at 10 GHz. The predicted and measured performance is given, demonstrating a maximum relative phase shift of 142 degrees at 10 GHz, with a near uniform relative phase shift across the whole of X-band and a low variation in differential-phase group delay.
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