Research facilities

Anechoic room

The anechoic room allows for (active) antenna measurements in a frequency band ranging from 800MHz up to 12.4GHz. Measurements are performed on an Agilent N5242A 4-port PNA-X Vector Network Analyser or a Rohde and Schwarz FSV40 Spectrum Analyser with optional 60 GHz mixer. Transmission measurements are performed in our full anechoic chamber (dimensions of the shielded room: 8.1m x 3.9m x 3.6m), over a transmission length of 4 to 5m (quiet zone diameter 1m). Scientific Atlanta Standard Gain Horns (SGH) are used as transmitter antenna. For polarization measurements, the transmitting SGH is mounted on an Orbit/FR AL-360-1P Polarization Positioner placed on a TX Antenna Mast covered with radiation absorbing material (RAM). For 3D radiation pattern measurements, the antennas are mounted on the dielectric belt-driven rotator mast (AL-DBDR-3g), able to rotate a load up to 12kg along azimuth and roll.

Anechoic and measurement room.
Inside the measurement room, measuring a 60 GHz link.
Agilent N5242A 4-port PNA-X Vector Network Analyser, 26.5 GHz.
Rohde and Schwarz FSV40 Spectrum Analyser.

Other network analyzers

Hewlett-Packard 8714ET Vector Network Analyzer, 300 kHz to 3 GHz.
Hewlett-Packard 8510C Vector Network Analyzer, 45 MHz to 50 GHz.
Keysight N9918A FieldFox Handheld Vector Network Analyzer, 26.5 GHz.

Software defined radio Signalion wireless MIMO testbeds

For wireless communication experiments in realistic environments, the group has different software defined radio testbeds at its disposal to quickly set up wireless multiple-input multiple-output communication links. Our Signalion HaLo 420 testbed emables synchronous 4x4 MIMO testbed in the 2.45 GHz ISM and 5-6 GHz band, whereas our HaLo 430 testbed provides a 4x4 phase-coherent and synchronous MIMO channel in the 2.45 GHz ISM band.

HaLo430 wireless testbed.
HaLo420 wireless testbed.

Software defined radio National Instruments wireless testbeds

ETTUS N210 wireless testbed.

In addition, 12 ETTUS N210 modules are available for wireless SISO/MIMO communication in the frequency range 400 MHz to 4400 MHz, and 14 National Instruments FlexRIO modules with programmable FPGA for up to 14x14 MIMO and cooperative wireless communication links in the frequency range 1.2GHz to 6GHz.

Software defined radio Ultra-WideBand (UWB) wireless testbeds

PulsON P400 RCM module.

A wireless testbed for Ultra-WideBand (UWB) localization and communication, composed on 25 PulsON P400 RCM modules operating in the 3.1GHz-5.3GHz UWB band.

Computing facilities

Besides owning some smaller state-of-the-art multiprocessor servers for debugging and testing our full-wave solvers, the Electromagnetics group has access to the Tier 1 Supercomputer of Ghent University.