Towards THz Communications - Status in Research, Standardization and Regulation

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In the most recent years, wireless communication networks have been facing a rapidly increasing demand for mobile traffic along with the evolvement of applications that require data rates of several 10s of Gbit/s. In order to enable the transmission of such high data rates, two approaches are possible in principle. The first one is aiming at systems operating with moderate bandwidths at 60 GHz, for example, where 7 GHz spectrum is dedicated to mobile services worldwide. However, in order to reach the targeted date rates, systems with high spectral efficiencies beyond 10 bit/s/Hz have to be developed, which will be very challenging. A second approach adopts moderate spectral efficiencies and requires ultra high bandwidths beyond 20 GHz. Such an amount of unregulated spectrum can be identified only in the THz frequency range, i.e. beyond 300 GHz. Systems operated at those frequencies are referred to as THz communication systems. The technology enabling small integrated transceivers with highly directive, steerable antennas becomes the key challenges at THz frequencies in face of the very high path losses. This paper gives an overview over THz communications, summarizing current research projects, spectrum regulations and ongoing standardization activities.

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Kürner, T., Priebe, S. Towards THz Communications - Status in Research, Standardization and Regulation. J Infrared Milli Terahz Waves 35, 53–62 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10762-013-0014-3

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Keywords

  • THz communications
  • THz channel modeling
  • regulation
  • standardization