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Publication Date

Second Quarter 2021

Manuscript Submission Deadline

Special Issue

Call for Papers

Wireless communications in the TeraHertz (THz) frequency band (0.1–10 THz) is envisioned  as one of the key enablers towards ubiquitous wireless communications beyond 5G accommodating a massive number of connected devices and ultra-high user data rates in the order of Tb/s. The THz band is located in between the mmWave and the far infrared (IR) band and still considered one of the least investigated and exploited regions in the electromagnetic spectrum although it offers much higher bandwidth than the mmWave range and more favorable propagation conditions than the IR band. Recently, significant progress has been made with respect to THz devices based on different technologies, and commercial THz systems are anticipated to become a reality in the near future.

THz systems are expected to be beneficial not only for traditional macroscale wireless networks but also emerging paradigms such as wireless intra- and inter-chip communications, nanocommunications and the Internet of Bio-Nano Things.

Although THz communication offers huge opportunities, many unique challenges have to be still addressed regarding aspects related to communications, networking and system realization.  For example, molecular absorption and spreading losses are much more pronounced for the THz range compared to mmWave frequencies, and outdoor THz links show a different behavior for varying weather conditions than IR channels.

This special issue will present the most recent advances with respect to the theoretical foundations and practical implementation of THz communications and networking. Prospective authors are cordially invited to submit their original manuscript on topics including but not limited to:

  • Information theoretic foundations of THz communications
  • Channel characterization, modeling and measurements for THz communications
  • Modulation, waveform design and coding for THz communications
  • Channel estimation, detection and equalization for THz communications
  • Machine learning aided THz communications
  • (Massive) multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) THz systems
  • Beamforming and precoding for THz communications
  • Resource allocation and multiple-access schemes for THz communications
  • Protocol design for THz networking
  • THz communications for scenarios with user mobility
  • THz devices and circuits based on electronics, photonics, and plasmonics
  • Prototypes, testbeds and experimental results for THz communications
  • Applications of THz communications and networking

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors should submit their manuscripts following the IEEE JSAC guidelines. Authors should submit a PDF version of their complete manuscript to EDAS according to the following schedule:

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 1 July 2020 (Deadline extended)
First Notification: 1 September 2020
Acceptance Notification: 1 February 2021
Final Manuscript Due: 15 February 2021
Publication Date: Second Quarter 2021

Guest Editors

Ian F. Akyildiz
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Tetsuya Kawanishi
Waseda University, Japan

Wolfgang Gerstacker
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Xiaodai Dong
University of Victoria, Canada

Aydin Babakhani
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA