The Antennas group at Kent is internationally renowned for its printed and wearable antenna technologies and Frequency Selective Surface (FSS) research. It has attracted large numbers of research grants over the past 3 decades from research councils, government and industry.
Our Antenna work mostly involves printed and low profile antennas for mobile and wireless communications. As examples, with research council funding and industry we have developed antennas for mounting on people, Body Area Networks (BANs), vehicles, integration into TVs, Radio-over-Fibre distribution, picocellular systems, and integration into substrates for milli-metric systems.
In recent years, our RFID work has pioneered very thin multi- and single layer UHF tag designs which demonstrate a good level of insensitivity to the structure on which they are mounted. This work has been partially carried out with industry and has resulted in a patent.
Also, we have applied our work on frequency selective structures to create high impedance ground planes to improve printed antenna efficiency and work has been done to incorporate our experience of convoluted element design to achieve reduction in the band gap frequency for a given lattice geometry.
We have various anechoic, near-field and plane-wave chambers, the largest of which is being upgraded to an operating range between 400MHz and 110GHz with a totally new measurement system including a dedicated vector network analyser. The antennas laboratories also contain broadband network analysers operating from 10MHz to 110GHz. The School has a well equipped mechanical workshop with newly installed computer controlled machinery.