Terahertz Reconfigurable Metasurfaces for ultra-high rate wireless communications
The TERRAMETA consortium is comprised of 13 Institutions including universities, research centers, and companies, with more than 50 researchers associated with its activities, all working in the area of wireless communications under the common vision for 6G communications. This next-generation wireless paradigm will provide unprecedented levels of data transfer rates, reliability, connectivity, and coverage.
TERRAMETA is on the forefront of the global 6G research & planning endeavor. Specifically, the project focuses on designing, manufacturing, and evaluating “meta-material” surfaces, similar to existing – but more advanced, wireless antennas, under the Terahertz (THz) bands (which, when deployed, will offer 1000’s of orders of magnitude higher bandwidth than the current 4G systems).
Those surfaces act as reflectors, sensors, and/or (re-)transmitters of the wireless signals reaching them and can be deployed so as to intelligently control their reflection patterns in real time (thanks to sophisticated signal processing or AI-based algorithms running in their internal controllers) in order to optimize the wireless system and provide the best possible quality of service to the users with minimal costs on the end of wireless operators.