Introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background.
I was born in 1990 in Spain and received the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in 2014 from the Public University of Navarra. From 2014-2017 I joined the Electrical Engineering Department at UPNA where I worked on microwave passive devices and silicon micromachining for RF/THz components. I joined the department of Micro and Nanosystems in 2017, where my current research focuses in the area of Microwave and THz antennas, feed chains, and beamforming networks.
What is your title and/or role in the project?
I am a PhD student in microwave systems and I will be involved in the initial stages of the design of the RF frontend in the Car2Tera project.
What are your contributions to the project? (Specify what deliverables and/or tasks you are responsible for)
In the project I will contribute in the design of the multibeam RF frontend for the radar sensor. The aim is to provide maximum functionality to the radar and increase its resolution by generating different antenna beam shapes can be switched electronically and allow for different radar operation modes.
To achieve this we will use the state of the art silicon micromachining technology available at KTH Electrumlab that enables low cost fabrication of THz waveguide components and it’s integration with both MMICs and MEMS devices.
What challenges can you foresee in the project?
The main challenges I see in the project are:
- To design a multibeam RF frontend in the THz range that delivers high performance while keeping cost and complexity low in order to be suitable for the automotive industry.
- The heterogeneous integration of the micromachined RF frontend with the MMIC Tx and RX chips and the PCB board for the radar processing.
How do you think the project outcome could affect our daily life?
I believe that the technology that will be developed in this project could improve the safety in modern cars while being a step forward in the commercialization of autonomous vehicles.