Artificial surfaces, metasurfaces, and Electromagnetic Skins are artificial sheet materials with sub-wavelength thickness that enable to control the properties of the transmitted / reflected waves according to the designer's specifications. Thanks to their electromagnetic and geometrical properties, these are among the most important technologies for the development of next generation wireless communications and sensing applications.

The course aims at providing the fundamentals of Surface Electromagnetics theory and concepts, along with an overviview of the most effective analysis/synthesis techniques and their most appealing/emerging applications in advanced engineering fields. Applicative examples including CAD exercises will corroborate the theoretical concepts.

Course Topics

  • Introduction and fundamentals of electromagnetic wireless systems
  • Recalls to the principles of electromagnetic fields, wireless propagation of plane waves, and EM wave scattering phenomena
  • Surface equivalence theorem and the concept of Surface Electromagnetics
  • Electromagnetic propagation through surface structures and 2D boundary conditions
  • Uniform surfaces, periodic and aperiodic boundary conditions and devices
  • The Generalized Snell's laws for reflection and refraction
  • Electromagnetic wave manipulation using static/dynamic 2D artificial skins in transmission and in reflection
  • Applications for 6G communications and next-generation sensing systems

Teaching Activities

  • Theoretical Lessons
  • e-Xam Self Assessment (each teaching class or periodically)
  • MATLAB Hands-On
  • e-Xam Final Assessment

Course in Synthesis

ECTS Credits

Course Coordinators

Prof. MASSA Andrea
DICAM @ University of Trento, Italy
UESTC, China
Tsinghua University, China

Prof. OLIVERI Giacomo
DICAM @ University of Trento, Italy

Contact Us

ELEDIA@UniTN – University of Trento
DICAM – Department of Civil, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering
Via Mesiano 77, 38123 Trento – Italy

Phone: +39 0461 285227