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Using the Terahertz Spectrum for Wireless Communication 134

holy_calamity writes "A first step to allowing wireless data transfer over a currently unused part of the electromagnetic spectrum is reported in New Scientist. Terahertz radiation exists between radio and infrared. A new filter created at the University of Utah can filter out particular frequencies, a prerequisite for using it for data. The abstract of the paper in the journal Nature is freely available."
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Using the Terahertz Spectrum for Wireless Communication

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  • Geek into English. (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 29, 2007 @11:00PM (#18538825)
    "Resonantly enhanced light transmission through periodic subwavelength aperture arrays perforated in metallic films1 has generated significant interest because of potential applications in near-field microscopy, photolithography, displays, and thermal emission2. The enhanced transmission was originally explained by a mechanism where surface plasmon polaritons (collective electronic excitations in the metal surface) mediate light transmission through the grating1, 3. In this picture, structural periodicity is perceived to be crucial in forming the transmission resonances. Here we demonstrate experimentally that, in contrast to the conventional view, sharp transmission resonances can be obtained from aperiodic aperture arrays. Terahertz transmission resonances are observed from several arrays in metallic films that exhibit unusual local n-fold rotational symmetries, where n = 10, 12, 18, 40 and 120. This is accomplished by using quasicrystals with long-range order, as well as a new type of 'quasicrystal approximates' in which the long-range order is somewhat relaxed. We find that strong transmission resonances also form in these aperiodic structures, at frequencies that closely match the discrete Fourier transform vectors in the aperture array structure factor. The shape of these resonances arises from Fano interference4 of the discrete resonances and the non-resonant transmission band continuum related to the individual holes5. Our approach expands potential design parameters for aperture arrays that are aperiodic but contain discrete Fourier transform vectors, and opens new avenues for optoelectronic devices."

    Alright, how many here can translate that into english?
  • by cats-paw ( 34890 ) on Friday March 30, 2007 @11:24AM (#18543835) Homepage
    "Sounds really interesting. I wonder if any of this applies to antenna design at average RF."

    yes it does.

    Fractal antenna design is old news at this point.

    You get a modest reduction in antenna design, but it really excels at giving you a broadband design. So it's particularly handy for UWB.

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