Through this course, the student will learn the basic concepts on microwave systems and circuits. In order to achieve this goal, the student will obtain a knowledge based on a set of skills.
In terms of knowledge, the student will learn:
- Analysis and design of microwave passive and introduction to active devices.
- Study of basic tools for analysis and design of microwave devices: Smith chart and S parameters.
- Analysis and design of passive microwave circuits: matching networks, dividers, directional couplers, resonators and filters, non reciprocal devices such as circulators.
- Introduction to active microwave circuits: amplifiers.
In terms of the skills, we can classify them into specific skills and generic skills.
- Review of the basic concepts on guided propagation explained in electromagnetic fields: basic concepts on waveguides and transmission lines.
- Knowledge of circuit tools to analyse microwave circuits:
o Knowledge of transmission line theory from the circuit theory point of view: Smith chart.
o Tools for microwave network analysis: scattering (S) parameters.
- Skills to design of passive microwave circuits:
o Two port, three port and four port networks: dividers, combiners and couplers.
o Analysis of resonators.
o Analysis and design of microwave filters.
o Introduction to non-reciprocal passive circuits.
- Introduction to microwave measurements: impedance measurement and fundamentals of network analyzers.
- Skills to analyse and design microwave amplifiers.
In terms of the generic skills, during the course the student will achieve:
- Overview of telecommunication systems by analysing and understanding the essential role of the transmitting or receiving RF-front-end. The student will achieve the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics and physics to design the circuits that transmit and receive the communication signal. (PO a)
- In addition he/she will be able to identify the circuits needed to develop a specific front-end by conducting (software packages such as AWR or ADS) and measuring the corresponding experiments (with the network analyzer). (PO b, c, e and k)
- Ability to work in group and effectively communicate the results of the realized experiments by explaining in speech the results of the experiments. (PO g, k)
- Assumption by the student of the necessity continuous learning and knowledge of the contemporary issues. (PO a, c, j, k)