Daniele Piazza

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In this paper, we quantify the performance enhancements that can be provided by reconfigurable antennas in an ad hoc network where all nodes employ multiple input multiple output communication techniques. We present two types of reconfigurable antennas: a reconfigurable printed dipole array (RPDA), and a reconfigurable circular patch antenna (RCPA). The(More)
This paper presents a reconfigurable two-port circular patch antenna that improves the performance of a MIMO wireless communications system through pattern diversity. Different modes of the circular patch antenna can be excited by varying its radius with PIN diode switches. Based on this antenna architecture a practical algorithm that exploits the wireless(More)
This paper uses near field and far-field computational electromagnetic analysis to demonstrate a novel reconfigurable multi-port circular patch antenna that uses pattern diversity to improve the performance of a MIMO system. Different modes of the circular patch antenna can be excited by varying its radius. A 2x2 MIMO system employing such reconfigurable(More)
The accurate co-alignment of the transmitter to the receiver of the BepiColombo Laser Altimeter is a challenging task for which an original alignment concept had to be developed. We present here the design, construction and testing of a large collimator facility built to fulfill the tight alignment requirements. We describe in detail the solution found to(More)
In this paper we present a novel design of a reconfigurable circular patch antenna (RCPA) for Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) communication systems. This antenna allows for high pattern diversity and exhibits good radiation efficiency in all of its configurations. The compact array is capable of dynamically changing the shape of its radiation pattern(More)
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