About the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre

The Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre specialises in the analysis, design and measurement of antennas and associated devices for wireless communications and medical applications. With more than 15 years of applied research experience and it has built an international reputation for innovative futuristic concepts and solutions to contemporary industrial challenges.

Current research themes include Multiband & Wideband Antennas for Terminal Devices and Body Area Networks, Circularly-polarised Antennas, Antennas for RFID & Sensor Networks. Equipped with a comprehensive range of analysis methods, manufacturing equipment and a measurement laboratory, the team can rapidly expedite ideas to qualified prototypes.

Our multi-national, multi-institutional group of researchers is directed by Prof Max Ammann in the (external)School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and comprises personnel from MSc studentships to post-doctoral levels, in (external)Dublin Institute of Technology and the University of Dublin, (external)Trinity College. For further details, please contact us.

Slotted patch antenna showing surface currents
Slotted patch antenna showing surface current
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Measurement Meets Simulation

CST and Rohde & Schwarz would like to invite you to a free joint workshop titled “Measurement Meets Simulation".

The workshop will include both presentations and hands on sessions where attendees will get to use CST STUDIO SUITE® 2014 software solutions and Rohde & Schwarz, test and measurement equipment.

This workshop aims to give engineers an insight into on how to achieve accurate simulations and show best practice guidelines to getting better measurements. Rohde & Schwarz will be demonstrating their new platforms ZNB and ZNC.

Participants will have ample opportunities to discuss technical questions with CST and Rohde & Schwarz staff.
Register online

Location: Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street, Dublin 8, Ireland
Date: 9 Jul 2014
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Registration and Coffee: 9:30 am

Provisional Agenda (10:00 am - 16:30 pm)

Morning
•Antenna Simulations and Numerical Modelling (CST)
•Getting it right from the start - why is calibration so important in measurements? (Rohde & Schwarz)
•Comparing Simulation and Measurements, reaching that perfect agreement (CST)
•Good connector care - looking after your connectors (Rohde & Schwarz)

Afternoon
•Antenna Desing: CST modelling "hands on" session
•Practical session: Using the Rohde & Schwarz ZNB and ZNC series to measure the antennas designed

Please feel free to invite your colleagues, but everyone attending must pre-register.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided – please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Paper featured in Global Medical Discovery Series


The Target Selection Team at Global Medical Discovery identified the publication: RF breast cancer detection employing a non-characterized vivaldi antenna and a MUSIC-inspired algorithm as a Key Scientific Article contributing to excellence in biomedical research. The paper is now featured in (external)Global Medical Discovery.

AHFR Antenna launched with debut Decawave "Scensor"

DecaWave launches Scensor Chip with AHFR Antenna

Members of the Antenna and High Frequency Research Centre met with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Decawave’s launch of their Scensor Chip on the 7th November. The miniature integrated circuit exploits ultra wideband pulses to track assets with an accuracy of up to 7 cm. To help get their product to market, the AHFR team developed an antenna solution from the PhD research undertaken by Dr Matthias John and Dr Antoine Dumoulin.
DIT has a licence agreement with Decawave Limited on antenna design. The company have announced plans to double the workforce as they prepare to address market demand. Speaking at the event, Professor Max Ammann said, “It is exciting to see research backed by Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland at the CTVR Telecommunications Research Centre in DIT become part of an Irish product and contribute to job creation. We wish Decawave’s CEO Ciaran Connell, CTO Michael McLaughlin and their team every success with the debut chip.”
Photographed with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny T.D. are Dr Patrick McEvoy DIT, Dr Matthias John from the Telecommunications Research Centre TCD and Professor Max Ammann DIT.

AHFR Shortlisted for Award

Antenna and High Frequency Research Centre shortlisted for Award
The Antenna and High Frequency Research Centre has been shortlisted for 2013 Research Laboratory of the Year with 9 other finalists in this year's nominee list. The Awards are sponsored by Irish Independent, Air Products, Antech Solutions, IDA Ireland, Science Foundation of Ireland, Irish Research Staff Association, Molecular Medicine Ireland, Irish Science Teachers' Association, Irish Research Council, Teagasc, Amárach Research and New Morning IP.

TGI Course: Antennas for Emerging Technologies

AHFR hosted a week long course on 'Antennas for Emerging Technologies' as part of the Telecommunications Graduate Initiative on September 2nd to 6th 2013. We were delighted to have three top experts in their fields teaching the various modules, Prof. William Scanlon (Queens University Belfast), Dr Steven Best (President of IEEE Antennas & Propagation Society) and Dr Winfried Simon (IMST). The course was attended by TGI and SFI students, post-docs (DIT & TCD) as well as participants from industry.

TGI Course Antennas for Emerging Technologies

DIT Inventor Competition Award 2012 for Adam Narbudowicz, Dr. Xiulong Bao and Prof. Max Ammann

DIT Inventor Competition Award 2012 for Adam Narbudowicz, Dr. Xiulong Bao and Prof. Max Ammann
Adam Narbudowicz, Dr. Xiulong Bao and Professor Max Ammann of the Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre took the postgraduate/staff prize in the DIT Inventor Competition 2012 for their Omni-Directional CP Antenna project. The award was presented by Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock.
The antenna can be used in WLAN routers and access points and means multiple antennas can be reduced to one. Its circular polarisation means devices can receive or transmit strong signals at any angle. This will improve connection quality and reduce distortion or streaming delays that occur when watching video on a poorly performing radio link. The antenna is also ideal for large spaces such as airport halls as its improved performance will reduce the number of access points needed to eliminate deadspots.

[external]Read More: Minister for Research and Innovation Announces Winners of DIT Inventor Competition 2012 [dit.ie]

TGI Antenna Design & Technology Course

AHFR are hosting a week long course on Antenna Design & Technology as part of the Telecommunications Graduate Initiative. Places are still available for students or interested parties from industry.

Antenna Design & Technology (course code NIMT 1001) 5 ECTS credits.
Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin St, Room 403
Monday 18th June to Friday 22nd June
Course Tutor Dr Steven Best

This module is an introduction to modern Antennas – Design and Technology. The aim of this module is to provide a broad understanding of antenna theory, design and practice with respect to real world wireless communications systems and devices and to understand the building blocks and design process for fundamental antenna elements. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe fundamental and advanced concepts associated with antenna design, performance and operation within real world environments
  • Identify a broad spectrum of antenna types used in today’s wireless communications markets
  • Evaluate properties of antennas with a detailed knowledge of factual and fundamental antenna theory
  • Evaluate advanced performance trade-offs associated with antenna design
  • Use advanced electromagnetic simulation software and model a family of antenna types
  • Design antenna elements for modern wireless systems
  • Discuss the theories associated with the implementation of phased array antenna systems
  • Describe how antenna performance and the RF propagation environment impact wireless communication system performance

Antennas Design and Technology Course Schedule [pdf].

Update 15 June 2012: This course is fully booked!

AHFR Researchers Win CST University Publication Award 2011

Mr. David Kearney, Dr. Matthias John and Dr. Max Ammann received the CST University Publication Award 2011. The winning paper titled "Miniature Ceramic Dual-PIFA Antenna to Support Band Group 1 UWB Functionality in Mobile Handset" was one of five journal papers chosen by the committee for this years award.
The CST University Publication Award is an annual grant to university institutes and researchers for their work in the application of 3D EM field simulation. The winners are awarded with extensions to their [external]CST STUDIO SUITE [cst.com] installations.
Prerequisites for participation are that the papers are authored or co-authored by university researchers, published either in scientific journals or conference proceedings, and the numerical results are entirely or in part obtained through simulation using CST software products.
For further information please see [external]CST Press Release [cst.com].

Funded PhD studentships available at AHFR

Two funded PhD studentships are available at the Dublin Institute of Technology's Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre as part of the [external]Telecommunications Graduate Initiative (TGI).

Student fees are covered by the scholarship for EU students only.

The proposed research themes build upon the team's expertise in the following areas.

  • Antennas for on-body/biomedical applications
  • Integration of antennas and solar cells

The principle tasks will include the electro-magnetic modelling of antenna structures and environment (on-body/solar cell), prototype manufacture and measurements to validate designs. The facilities are all located in the DIT but collaboration with a European University is envisaged. Interested candidates should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Electronic Engineering or related discipline. Applicants who hold research masters in the area are welcome. Experience with antenna simulation tools would be advantageous.

Applicants should email a detailed CV to Dr Max Ammann at max.ammann@dit.ie.

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