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VisorSurf - A Hardware Platform for Software-driven Functional Metasurfaces

Total activity: 7
Type of activity
Competitive project
Acronym
VISORSURF
Funding entity
Commission of European Communities
Funding entity code
H2020-736876-VISORSURF
Amount
50.000,00 €
Start date
2017-01-01
End date
2020-06-30
URL
http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/207244_en.html Open in new window
http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/736876 Open in new window
Abstract
Metasurfaces, thin film planar, artificial structures, have recently enabled the realization of novel electromagnetic (EM) and optical components with engineered functionalities. These include total EM radiation absorption, filtering and steering of light and sound, as well as nano-antennas for sensors and implantable devices. Nonetheless, metasurfaces are presently non-adaptive and non-reusable, restricting their applicability to a single, static functionality per structure (e.g., steering light towards a fixed direction). Moreover, designing a metasurface remains a task for specialized researchers, limiting their accessibility from the broad engineering field. VISORSURF proposes a hardware platform-the HyperSurface-that can host metasurface functionalities described in software. The HyperSurface essentially merges existing metasurfaces with nanonetworks, acting as a reconfigurable metasurface whose properties can be changed via a software interface. This control is achieved by a network of miniaturized controllers, incorporated into the structure of the metasurface. The controllers receive programmatic directives and perform simple alterations on the metasurface structure, adjusting its EM behavior. The required end-functionality is described in well-defined, reusable software modules, adding the potential for hosting multiple functionalities concurrently and adaptively. VISORSURF will study in depth the novel and unexplored theoretical capabilities of the HyperSurface concept. Two experimental prototypes will be implemented: a switch-based fabric array as the control medium; and a Graphene based, making use of its exquisite properties to provide finer control. A real pilot-application will demonstrate the HyperSurface potential to adapt to changes in their environment, to interconnect to smart control loops and make use of Information Technology (IT) programming concepts and algorithms in crafting the EM behavior of materials.
Scope
Europa
Plan
HORIZON 2020 (2014-2020)
Call year
2017
Funcding program
Pilar Ciència Excel·lent
Funding subprogram
FET
Funding call
FET-OPEN - Novel ideas for radically new technologies
Grant institution
European Commission

Participants

Scientific and technological production

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