Thomas Kürner

Advanced Channel Measurements for THz Communications

Abstract: As for every new communication system operating in either a new frequency range and/or a new environment, the typical propagation characteristics have to be determined by measurements. This is the case for emerging applications at carrier frequencies of 300 GHz and beyond. This talk provides a review on methods for channel measurements for THz communications and presents examples for several measurement campaigns using three different techniques: THz Time-Domain Spectroscopy (TDS), Vector Network Analysis (VNA) and  Time-Domain Channel Sounding (CS). The  focus will be on recent results achieved at a carrier frequency of 300 GHz by  a novel correlation-based channel sounder with a bandwidth of 8 GHz.


Thomas Kürner received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1990, and his Dr.-Ing. degree in 1993, both from Univerity of Karlsruhe (Germany). From 1990 to 1994 he was with the Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik und Elektronik (IHE) at the University of Karlsruhe working on wave propagation modelling, radio channel characterisation and radio network planning. From 1994 to 2003, he was with the radio network planning department at the headquarters of the GSM 1800 and UMTS operator E-Plus Mobilfunk GmbH & Co KG, Düsseldorf, where he was team manager radio network planning support responsible for radio network planning tools, algorithms, processes and parameters form 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he is Full University Professor for Mobile Radio Systems at the Technische Universität Braunschweig. His working areas are indoor channel characterisation and system simulations for high-speed short-range systems including future terahertz communication system, propagation, traffic and mobility models for automatic planning and self-organization of mobile radio networks and vehicle-to-X communications. In 2012 he was a guest lecturer at Dublin City University within the Telecommunications Graduate Initiative in Ireland. He has been engaged in several international bodies He has actively contributed to the channel modelling document supporting the standardization of IEEE 802.11ad.  Currently he is chairing the IEEE 802.15 IG THz. He was also the chair of IEEE 802.15.3d TG 100G, which developed the worldwide first wireless communications standard operating at 300 GHz. Prof. Kürner is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP) and from 2012 to 2017 he was the founding chair of the EurAAP WG Propagation.