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4D Arrays for New Generation Reconfigurable Systems

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The use of the fourth dimension (4D), time, in the synthesis and analysis of antenna arrays has a long history dating back to the works by H. E. Shanks and R. W. Bickmore in the late 1950s. Ever since then, a lot of efforts have been made in the research community to use time as an additional degree of freedom to achieve enhanced radiation performance in comparison to ordinary phased array antennas.

Indeed, modern implementations of 4D arrays enable the remote reconfigurability of the antenna features (steering, beam shaping, and multibeam generation) by means of the time-domain control of the control points included in the antenna architecture. Moreover, the recent developments in the ultra-wideband (UWB) technology have enabled the rapid diffusion of antenna systems based on the rice-transmission of pulsed electromagnetic signals which require a time-domain modeling. In this framework, 4D arrays are currently seen as one of the possible breakthrough for the next generation wireless communication and remote sensing systems.

Present research activities on 4D arrays span several technological fields, including electromagnetics, communications, electronics, control theory, and computer science. Indeed, the use of the fourth dimension has opened the path to a completely new set of problems regarding antenna array theory and synthesis, real-time control, adaptive antennas, wireless communications for both short- and long-range applications, and innovative microwave components.

In this framework, this special issue is aimed at reviewing the most recent advances on 4D antenna arrays as a key technology for the so-called “reconfigurable electromagnetics” and an enabling tool for the development of reconfigurable devices supporting new and high-impact services and applications. Accordingly, potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Reconfigurable electromagnetics through 4D arrays
  • Time-modulated arrays and timed/pulsed arrays
  • Time-domain electromagnetic modeling
  • Innovative trends in 4D array synthesis
  • Advances on 4D antenna array analysis
  • Innovative services and applications enabled by 4D arrays

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijap/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ijap/angr/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 31 January 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 25 April 2014
Publication DateFriday, 20 June 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Paolo Rocca, ELEDIA Research Center, Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento, I-38123 Trento, Italy

Guest Editors

  • Ioan E. Lager, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, Delft University of Technology, Mekelweg 4, 2628 CD Delft, The Netherlands
  • Shiwen Yang, Department of Microwave Engineering, University of Electronic Science of China (UESTC), Xi Yuan Road, Hi-tech West District, Chengdu, China