Innovative reconfigurable metasurface 2-D beam-steerable reflector for 5G wireless communication

David Rotshild, Efraim Rahamim, Amir Abramovich

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Abstract

A tunable reflector component based on metasurface (MS) with a low profile and reduced mass is offered for indoor and outdoor 5G communication methods to overcome obstacles such as buildings, walls, and turns, and to allow wireless quasi-line of sight path communication at 37 GHz. Integrating varactors with MS unit cells allows tunability and reconfigurability. This approach was presented in many studies, with frequencies of up to K–band. However, today, higher frequencies are used, especially in communication. This work presents the design of a reconfigurable MS reflector, at Ka-band frequencies, based on a new type of resonant unit cell, with uniformed reflection for wide-incident-angular-range, and a simple stimulating DC bias for each MS unit cell, which allows a two–dimensional (2-D) continuous reflection phase manipulation. The unit cell provides a dynamic reflection phase range of over 300 at a wide bandwidth. Simulations of one-dimensional (1-D) and (2-D) at 37 GHz are presented. A steering range of up to ±48 was obtained for azimuth or elevation. A simultaneous independent 2-D beam steering range of up to ±10 in azimuth and up to ± 5 in elevation, allowing obstacles to overcome covering at a practical angular spatial cone of 20 and 10, is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1191
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalElectronics (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2020

Keywords

  • Beam steering
  • Ka-band
  • Metasurface
  • Tunable circuits and devices

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