Eindhoven University of Technology
Microwave engineering and antennas
Eindhoven University of Technology

Microwave engineering and antennas

Taught in English

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Bart Smolders
Ulf Johannsen
Domine Leenaerts

Instructors: Bart Smolders

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Intermediate level

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38 hours to complete
3 weeks at 12 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Module 1: Introduction of the course, including an overview of applications and trends.

  • Module 2: Passive microwave circuits, covering transmission-line based circuits including impedance matching, power combiners, filters.

  • Module 3: Antenna theory. This provides an introduction into antenna theory, including phased arrays.

  • Module 4: Active microwave circuits. Extension towards amplifiers, including low-noise amplifiers.

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There are 9 modules in this course

In this short video the lecturers will introduce themselves and will provide a general overview of the scope of the course. The lecturers all have a solid academic and industrial background and are embedded in the Center for Wireless Technology Eindhoven (CWT/e) of Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.

What's included

1 video

In week 1 we will provide you with an introduction to the course including an overview of applications (Module 1). In addition, we will start with Passive Microwave Circuits (Module 2) by introducing transmission line theory. We will also introduce the design-challenge in which you will develop your own 4-channel phased array system including beamformer and active microwave electronics. Next to this, we will show you how to use the open-source design tool QUCS. We will use this tool for the design of passive and active microwave circuits.

What's included

6 videos7 readings3 quizzes2 discussion prompts

In week 2 we will continue with Passive Microwave Circuits (Module 2) by introducing the concept of microwave networks. We will use this concept by analyzing power combiners. In addition, you will start your design challenge by designing a 4-channel beamformer network.

What's included

3 videos4 readings3 quizzes1 peer review2 discussion prompts

In week 3 we will finalize our journey into Passive Microwave Circuits (Module 2) by first introducing the Smith chart and by applying it for the design of matching circuits. Next to this, we will show how you can design microwave filters.

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4 videos4 readings4 quizzes1 discussion prompt

In week 4 we will start with Antenna Theory (Module 3) and introduce the concept of antennas by exploring the main characteristics of antennas, including directivity, antenna gain and input impedance. We will show how these parameters can be used to determine the range of wireless system or radar. As a first real antenna concept, we will introduce phased-array antennas. In addition, the design challenge will continue with an antenna design. This includes an introduction into the antenna design CST.

What's included

5 videos6 readings5 quizzes1 peer review2 discussion prompts

In this week the real hard-core theoretical antenna framework is presented. Starting from Maxwell's equations we will derive the general expression for the radiated fields by any antenna configuration. The framework will be applied to the electric dipole and wire antennas. In addition, your will participate in a workshop that introduces a state-of-the-art antenna design tool.

What's included

4 videos4 readings4 quizzes1 discussion prompt

In this week we will extend our theoretical framework with magnetic sources. In this way, you can use the framework to analyze aperture antennas. We will show this by analyzing horn antennas, reflector antennas and microstrip antennas. We will also show how microstrip antennas can be used to create a phased-array system. We will finalize the week by providing you with some background knowledge in numerical methods. This will help you to understand the underlying principles of numerical electromagnetics used in commercial tools such as ADS and CST.

What's included

7 videos7 readings6 quizzes1 discussion prompt

In this week we will extend the theory on microwave circuits towards active circuits which make use of transistors to realize amplifiers. We will start by introducing the various definitions which are used to describe the gain of an amplifier. As a next step we will present a design methodology for low-noise amplifiers. You will also start with the last part of your design challenge by designing a low-noise amplifier.

What's included

4 videos5 readings2 quizzes1 peer review2 discussion prompts

In the last week of the course we will dive deeper into the design of microwave amplifiers by exploring by exploring the stability conditions of amplifiers. When stability is secured, the amplifier performance can be further optimized by proper design of the input and output matching circuits. For this purpose the concept of constant-gain circles can be used.

What's included

4 videos4 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt

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4.6 (74 ratings)
Bart Smolders
Eindhoven University of Technology
1 Course19,601 learners
Ulf Johannsen
Eindhoven University of Technology
1 Course19,601 learners
Domine Leenaerts
Eindhoven University of Technology
1 Course19,601 learners

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