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Transistor Limits for mm-Wave and Terahertz Signal Generation, Amplification, and Beam Steering in Silicon by Prof. Omeed Momeni (UC Davis)
Friday, Jan. 24
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Location: ECSS 3.503


In recent years many new mm-wave applications and standards have been emerging. These systems are mostly a response to the ever-growing demand for higher data speed, higher image resolution, and better sensing systems. The same trajectory to THz and higher frequencies will likely to continue in future for higher performance systems. Therefore, it is vital to understand the limit and capabilities of the fabrication platforms specially when the operating frequencies are getting close to or even surpassing the maximum oscillation frequency (fmax) of the transistors. In this talk I will discuss and present three transistor limits for oscillation frequency, harmonic generation, and power amplification. Using these analyses, we have implemented record breaking oscillators and amplifiers at mm wave and THz frequencies. Finally we present a scalable THz phased array that employs the unique properties of standing waves to achieve wideband tuning and wide-angle beam steering in Silicon.


Omeed Momeni (S’04-M’12-SM’18) received the B.Sc. degree from Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, the M.S. degree from University of Southern California, Los Angeles,
CA, and the Ph.D. degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, all in Electrical Engineering, in
2002, 2006, and 2011, respectively.

He joined the faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at University of
California, Davis in 2011 and is currently an Associate Professor. He was a visiting professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at University of California, Irvine from 2011 to 2012. From 2004 to 2006, he was with the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as a RFIC designer. His research
interests include mm-wave and terahertz integrated circuits and systems.

Prof. Momeni serves as an Associate Editor of Transactions on Microwave Theory and
Techniques (TMTT) and a Technical Program Committee member of International Microwave Symposium (IMS) and Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium. He has also
served as an organizing committee member of IEEE International Workshop on Design
Automation for Analog and Mixed-Signal Circuits, and the chair of the IEEE Ithaca GOLD
section. Prof. Momeni is the recipient of National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2015,
the Professor of the Year 2014 by IEEE at UC Davis, the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award from the
Cornell ECE Department in 2011, the Outstanding Graduate Award from Association of
Professors and Scholars of Iranian Heritage (APSIH) in 2011, the Best Student Paper Award
at the IEEE Workshop on Microwave Passive Circuits and Filters in 2010, the Cornell University Jacob’s fellowship in 2007 and the NASA-JPL fellowship in 2003.

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