Body-Centric Terahertz Networks: Prospects and Challenges
preprintposted on 09.09.2020, 13:32 by Nasir Saeed, Mohamed Habib Loukil, Hadi Sarieddeen, Tareq Y. Al-Naffouri, Mohamed-Slim Alouini
Following recent advancements in Terahertz (THz)
technology, THz communications are currently being celebrated as key enablers for various applications in future generations of communication networks. While typical communication use cases are over medium-range air interfaces, the inherently small beamwidths and transceiver footprints at THz frequencies support nano-communication paradigms. In particular, the use of the THz band for in-body and on-body communications has been gaining attention recently. By exploiting the accurate THz sensing and imaging capabilities, body-centric THz biomedical applications can transcend the limitations of molecular, acoustic, and radio-frequency solutions. In this paper, we study the use of the THz band for body-centric networks, by surveying works on THz device technologies, channel and noise modeling, modulation schemes, and networking topologies. We also promote THz sensing and imaging applications in the healthcare sector, especially for detecting zootonic viruses such as Coronavirus. We
present several open research problems for body-centric THz networks.