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TeraNet – A Wideband Terahertz Communication Network

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8750-20-C-0505
Agency Tracking Number: F19B-008-0152
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF19B-T008
Solicitation Number: 19.B
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-12-17
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-12-17
Small Business Information
15400 Calhoun Drive Suite 190
Rockville, MD 20855
United States
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Nof Abuzainab
 Research Scientist
 (240) 406-7680
Business Contact
 Mark James
Phone: (301) 294-5200
Research Institution
 Arizona State University
 Ahmed Alkhateeb Ahmed Alkhateeb
Goldwater Center, Room 344, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engin 650 E. Tyler Mall , PO Box 875706
Tempe, AZ 85287
United States

 (480) 965-9534
 Nonprofit College or University

Terahertz communication is anticipated to provide ultra-high capacity links up to 1Tbps. Thus, Terahertz communication is promising to support wide varieties of emerging high throughput and low latency applications, including military applications. However, the Terahertz channel suffers from severe path loss and is highly sensitive to obstacles. Hence, novel solutions should be designed to account for the challenges of the Terahertz channel. In particular, link and network layer protocols for Terahertz communications have not yet been explored. Thus, there is need to design novel link and network layer protocols in order to realize communications at the Terahertz band. To address this critical need, Intelligent Automation Incorporated (IAI) proposes the design and implementation of TeraNet: A Wideband Terahertz Communication Network. The key innovation of TeraNet is intelligent link and network layer protocols that support reliable communication at the Terahertz band. The TeraNet protocols will account for the unique characteristics and associated challenges when transmitting over the Terahertz band. The performance of the proposed TeraNet protocols will be assessed mainly in terms the end-to-end throughput, for the purpose of validating the high capacity promised by Terahertz communication.

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