About us

Applied electromagnetics research at Birmingham has a long and distinguished history. The University of Birmingham has a long tradition in leading UK research in radar, sonar and microwave communications.

Our research goes back to the invention of the resonant cavity magnetron in the 1940s, which enabled the development of short wavelength microwave radars.

Since the 1970s through to the 1990s, our pioneering research on cellular radiowave propagation and antennas underpinned much of the development of modern mobile communications, culminating with the invention of the first high temperature superconducting antenna and the first multi-band planar inverted-F antenna, which can be found in many mobile phones and tablets today.

More recently, our research in terahertz sensing and communications has put us on the frontier of modern communications and sensing systems development.

To find out more, please vist our Research projects page or Contact us directly.