PhD - Leuven | About a week ago
To improve their performance, next-generation radar will be exploiting the so-called ‘sub-THz’ frequency band, i.e. frequencies above 0.1THz or 100GHz. The wide bandwidth available there will enable millimeter-scale resolutions. And the small wavelength will enable to integrate a huge amount of transmit and receive frontends in a small antenna area, enabling high angular accuracy. This will result in the ultimate dream of an imaging radar, i.e. a radar capable of reproducing high-resolution 3D images of a scene.
For the best performance in applications that are not necessarily cost-constraint, other technologies are also employed. The most obvious one is BiCMOS technology, often used already in existing radars at 24 or 79GHz. But even better performance is expected from transistors not based on silicon, but on III/V materials such as GaAs, GaN or InP. Imec is exploring the development of such transistors for mass volume production at low cost, and using those new transistors to design a sub-THz radar is also one of the goals of this PhD.
We are looking for a highly motivated PhD student willing to take on these big challenges. Background in analog circuit design, and/or mmwave design techniques is a plus
Required background: Master in Electrical Engineering, analog and/or mmwave IC design experience,
Type of work: 10% literature, 50% design and simulation, 20% layout, 20% measurements
Supervisor: Piet Wambacq
Daily advisor: Jan Craninckx
The reference code for this position is 2021-112. Mention this reference code on your application form.