Antennas, microwaves, and wave optics

The following faculty members participate in research related to antennas, microwaves, and wave optics:

The main thrust in this area is the application of electromagnetics to a wide range of engineering system and devices including antenna, circuits and systems over the RF/microwave, millimeter-wave/THz, and optical range of frequencies. Research and education in this area also cover the underlying theoretical development and computational methods for investigation and exploration novel engineered material and device/system concepts, computational methods for simulation and design optimization, and measurement and characterization methods.

Electromagnetic and photonic devices and systems are the main enablers of optical communication systems/components, modern sensor/imaging technologies, and ultra-high speed electronics, nano-photonics, and quantum optics. In addition, numerous emerging areas such as eHealth/mobile-Health, smart energy systems, environmental monitoring and remote sensing, as well as their component technologies (wireless bio-medical devices and implants, labI-on-chip, nano-photonics, nano-electromagnetic sensor and actuators, etc.), which form the essential infrastructure of the future knowledge-based "green" society, heavily depend on progress in research and availability of expertise in these areas.

Research activities in this area are currently supported by 10+ labs and fabs/workshops and vast computational facilities. These labs include Nanophotonics and Integrated Optoelectronics lab, Integrated Quantum Optoelectronics Lab, Center for Integrated RF Engineering (CIRFE) laboratory, Emerging Radio System Group laboratory, and CIARS (the Center for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems, consisting of 6 laboratories). CIARS provides a world class infrastructure for on-chip, devices, circuit, system, and electromagnetic radiation characterization over MHz to THz range frequencies, which is unique in Canada and among the best world over. CIRFE lab contains one of the most advanced academic MEMS fab in Canada.

With seven professors actively involved, this research area at UW-ECE is the largest cluster of its kind in Canada. It attracts the most talented students and researchers from all around the world and they have access to world-class research facility in Canada and among best trained in the field. They are on high demand in Canada and abroad.