Millimeter Wave Paper Among IEEE’s Most Researched

“Millimeter Wave Mobile Communications for 5G Cellular: It Will Work!,” a recent journal survey paper co-authored by NYU WIRELESS Director Theodore (Ted) Rappaport and his students, was among the top 50 papers downloaded from the entire library of IEEE in the month of June 2013, the first month it appeared in print. Throughout late 2013 and early 2014, it was one of the top three papers downloaded across all of IEEE. It was also consistently ranked as one of the most popular papers throughout the world in IEEE’s global collection of publications.

The paper provides a tutorial of past wireless standards and spectrum uses. It highlights recent propagation measurements, while promoting a vision of a new millimeter-wave mobile communication standard that could permit thousands of times greater data throughput to cellphones. It also presents pioneering radio channel measurements made in New York City and Austin, Texas. The work points the way for futuristic adaptive antennas in cellphones that would use the millimeter wave spectrum.

Co-authors are graduate students Shu Sun, Mathew Samimi, and Felix Gutierrez, Jr.,  and undergraduate researchers Rimma Mayzus, Hang “Celine” Zhao, George Wong, Kevin Wang,  Jocelyn Schulz, and Yaniv Azar. Rappaport is NYU-Poly’s David Lee/Ernst Weber professor of electrical engineering, a Courant professor of computer science and a NYU Langone School of Medicine professor of radiology.