Electrical and Computer Engineering ETDs


Youssef Tawk

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The increase in demand on reconfigurable systems and especially for wireless communications applications has stressed the need for smart and agile RF devices that sense and respond to the RF changes in the environment. Many different applications require frequency agility with software control ability such as in a cognitive radio environment where antenna systems have to be designed to fulfill the extendable and reconfigurable multi-service and multi-band requirements. Such applications increase spectrum efficiency as well as the power utilization in modern wireless systems. The emphasis of this dissertation revolves around the following question: Is it possible to come up with new techniques to achieve reconfigurable antenna systems with better performance?' Two main branches constitute the outline of this work. The first one is based on the design of reconfigurable antennas by incorporating photoconductive switching elements in order to change the antenna electrical properties. The second branch relies on the change in the physical structure of the antenna via a rotational motion. In this work a new photoconductive switch is designed with a new light delivery technique. This switch is incorporated into new optically pumped reconfigurable antenna systems (OPRAS). The implementation of these antenna systems in applications such as cognitive radio is demonstrated and discussed. A new radio frequency (RF) technique for measuring the semiconductor carrier lifetime using optically reconfigurable transmission lines is proposed. A switching time investigation for the OPRAS is also accomplished to better cater for the cognitive radio requirements. Moreover, different reconfiguration mechanisms are addressed such as physical alteration of antenna parts via a rotational motion. This technique is supported by software to achieve a complete controlled rotatable reconfigurable cognitive radio antenna system. The inter-correlation between neural networks and cellular automata is also addressed for the design of reconfigurable and multi-band antenna systems for various applications.'

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Electrical Engineering

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Department Name

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Balakrishnan, Ganesh

Second Committee Member

Hemmady, Sameer

Third Committee Member

Atwood, Thomas

Fourth Committee Member

Costantine, Joseph