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Electromagnetic Wave Transmission (E C E 420) Syllabus
Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcome
  • 1
    Knowledge of methods of guided (transmission lines and waveguides) and unguided (antennas and free-space links) electromagnetic wave transmission in communications and sensing systems
  • 2
    Analytical tools used in the design of such systems. Students will be able to use different strategies to achieve impedance matching in microwave networks; students will understand wave reflection and transmission in one-dimensional structures like waveguides
  • 3
    Dimensional space at dielectric and conducting boundaries.
Electromagnetic Wave Transmission
E C E 420 ( 3 Credits )
Transmission lines: frequency domain analysis of radio frequency and microwave transmission circuits including power relations and graphical and computer methods. Electromagnetic waves: planar optical components, pulse dispersion, phase front considerations for optical components, conducting waveguides, dielectric waveguides. Radiation: retarded potentials, elemental dipoles, radiating antenna characterization, receiving mode.
ECE 320
College: College of Engineering
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Text book, title, author, and year
Field and wave electromagnetics; Cheng, David K; second; 1989
Supplemental Materials
Required / Elective / Selected Elective
Selected Elective
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Brief List of Topics to be Covered
  1.  review of Maxwell's equations and plane wave propagation
  2.  TEM transmission lines, including parallel-plate, coaxial, and two-wire lines
  3.     quasi-TEM transmission lines, including microstrips
  4.     time-harmonic analysis of the transmission line equations
  5.     impedance transformations and reflection coefficients for terminated
  6.     transmission lines
  7.     Smith Chart
  8.     impedance matching networks, including quarter-wave transformers, single-stub tuners, and double-stub tuners
  9.     higher-order modes on parallel-plate waveguides
  10.     rectangular waveguides
  11.     dielectric slab waveguides
  12.     review of magnetic vector potential
  13.     elemental antennas (infinitesimal dipoles and small loops)
  14.     finite-length dipole antennas
  15.     transmitting and receiving properties of antennas
  16.     gain, directivity, radiation patterns, beamwidth, radiation resistance, input impedance, radiation efficiency
  17. antenna arrays
  18. communications links
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