The Human Body Antenna: Characteristics and its Application

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Kibret, Behailu Mulatu (2016) The Human Body Antenna: Characteristics and its Application. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


The human body has antenna characteristics that are not explored in detail to explain some phenomena involving the interaction of electromagnetic fields and the human body. Moreover, the characterization of the human body as antenna unlocks new applications in body area networks for low-power wireless communications by utilizing the human body itself as an antenna. This thesis presents a new theory for explaining the antenna characteristics of the human body in transmission and reception mode. The theory is applied to two areas of study, namely, Human Body Communication (HBC) and whole-body radio-frequency (RF) dosimetry. Based on this, the thesis proposes a new concept where the human body is utilized as an antenna for wireless implant communication.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1005 Communications Technologies
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Keywords galvanic coupled HBC; signals; radio-frequency electromagnetic fields; whole-body RF dosimetry; semi-analytic cylindrical antenna model; shoes; cylindrical antenna theory; whole-body averaged specific absorption rate; monopole antennas; wireless implants; thesis by publication
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