1. Thorough understanding of the transmission line concept, as opposed to common lumped circuits.
2. Ability to analyze simple and complex transmission line circuits by writing down equations and appropriate computer programs (e.g. Matlab).
3. Understanding and applying RF circuit design principles, including matching circuits, with the use of Smith Chart.
4. Understanding of guiding wave principles and physics in metallic and dielectric waveguides.
5. Designing and printing RF circuits (in a special laboratory session), based on planar transmission lines (microstrips, coplanar waveguides etc).
6. Understanding basic principles of electromagnetic radiation and the the concept of the dipole.
Course Content (Syllabus)
- Introduction to transmission lines: Paramaters, electromagnetic analysis, voltage and current, characteristic impedance, types of transmission lines, termination, Smith chart, conjugate matching.
- Guided waves: TEM, TE and TM modes, cutoff frequency, rectangular and circular waveguides, losses, coaxial cables, guided wave propagation, equivalent circuit, power, signal dispersion and group velocity.
- Planar transmission lines: Quasi-TEM modes, striplines and microstrips, dispersion, losses, coplanar waveguides, quasi-TEM transmission lines (finlines, dielectric waveguides etc),coupled transmission lines and coupled mode theory.
- Impedance matching: Stubs, quarterwavelength transformers.
- Microwave resonators: lumped components, half-wavelength lines, quality factor, cavity resonators, dielectric resonators, resonator coupling.
- Microwave networks: Impedance, admittance and scatterinf matrices, ABCD parameters.
- Radiated wave: Hertz dipole, radiation pattern and directivity, linear dipole antenna.