About the Workshop
Current microwave systems for transmission and radiation of electromagnetic waves have to meet the competing requirements of enhanced functionality, low loss, reduced size and weight and low cost. It is important to appreciate that many of the design goals in modern, efficient and miniaturized systems are self conflicting. For example, incorporation of multiband or broadband characteristics involves increase in
physical size, which may have to be carefully optimized in handheld and wireless systems where space it at a premium. Similarly, developments of low-loss devices are crucial for successful operation at the Ka and Ku-bands and beyond. It might be mentioned that traditional technologies like the micro strip are prohibitively lossy at 20-30 GHz frequencies and beyond. The rectangular waveguide based designs, though satisfying the loss requirements, are comparatively bulky and difficult to effectively integrate with planar components.
In view of this, conduction of this workshop ETRACS–2012 is relevant in creating a platform to share the knowledge and opportunities for innovation and to pursue research work in these areas.