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Dr. Peter M. Smith

Professor

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Expertise:
Design tools for surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices ; Analysis, design and application of novel ultrasonic devices ; Circuits for medical telemetry
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Email:
Office:
ITB-A218
Phone:
+1 905.525.9140 x 27080

Overview

Dr. Smith's work involves the analysis of the generation, propagation and detection of ultrasonic mechanical waves through crystalline materials, and the use of these waves in processing communication signals. Key areas of research involve:

- Surface acoustic wave device design
- Finite-difference time-domain and coupling of modes modelling of acoustic wave devices
- Design of radio-frequency circuits employing acoustic wave devices
- Design of highly stable frequency sources

Education

B.Eng.Mgt., M.Eng., Ph.D. (McMaster, Canada)

Did you know…

Dr. Smith is the former Regional Student Activities Chair for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as well as the former Director of Engineering 1, former Associate Dean (Academic) and former Associate Vice-President (Academic)

Biography

Dr. Smith has been researching ultrasonic devices and their applications to radio-frequency circuits for over 35 years. He has published internationally in the field and has supervised numerous Masters and Doctoral students. He has served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control and was the Technical Chair for the 2010 International Ultrasonics Symposium, and was awarded the Ross Medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada.

Publications

Selected

F. Chagla and P. M. Smith

Finite difference time domain methods for piezoelectric crystals

IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 53, no. 10, pp. 1895-1901

This paper shows how the FDTD method can be applied to the analysis of ultrasonic wave propagation in single- and multi-layer piezoelectric crystals

P. M. Smith

Dyadic Green’s functions for multi-layer SAW substrate

IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 171-179

This paper explains how multidimensional Green's functions can be employed to model ultrasonic devices

I. D. Avramov, P. J. Edmonson and P. M. Smith

A surface transverse wave based MSK system

IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. UFFC-38, no. 3, pp. 194-198

This paper shows many possible uses of ultrasonic devices in communication circuits

Recent

A. Ternawly, R. Kleimann and P. M. Smith, “Effect of gamma and neutron radiation on quartz SAW resonators,” 2007 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium Proceedings, pp. 1882-1885

F. Chagla and P. M. Smith, “Stability considerations for perfectly matched layers in piezoelectric crystals,” 2005 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium Proceedings, pp. 438-441

F. Chagla, C. Cabani and P. M. Smith, “Perfectly matched layer for FDTD computations in piezoelectric crystals,” 2004 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium Proceedings, pp. 517-520

H. Kitabayashi and P. M. Smith, “Analysis of SAW propagation in gratings on ZnO/diamond substrates,” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 249-261, January 2001

Achievements

P.Eng.
Undergraduate Advisor for the Electrical Engineering program (ECE Department, McMaster University)
Chair of the Recruitment Committee (ECE Department, McMaster University) ;