Sunday, May 29, 2016

Abstract-Integrated millimeter-wave/terahertz sensor systems for near-field IoT

Payam Heydari

The emergence of Internet of Things (IoT) has brought forth new opportunities by seamlessly integrating the physical world using computing, sensing, and wireless networks, transforming it into a cyber-physical system. An essential building block enabling an IoT is a sensing system. The use of "near-field communication (NFC)" has gained attention in recent years, as it enables low-power short-range sensing and wireless transfer of low content information. The NFC, however, is inapplicable in scenarios where the real-time high-resolution image or video of the object(s) needs to be sensed. The penetration of THz waves through many materials, which are impervious for visible light makes THz imaging akin to X-rays, except that THz radiation is non-ionizing and therefore not harmful to the object being imaged, especially living tissues. This special issue paper presents an overview of recent advances in the development of siliconbased mm-wave/THz imaging sensors for near-field IoT applications.

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