OE4ME - Microwave Electronics

Course specification
Course title Microwave Electronics
Acronym OE4ME
Study programme Electrical Engineering and Computing
Module Electronics
Type of study bachelor academic studies
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
ESPB 6.0 Status elective
Condition None.
The goal Define basic concepts of active microwave components and explain the major characteristics of operation of devices at microwave frequencies. Present a unified treatment of the analysis and design of microwave amplifiers, oscillators and mixers using scattering parameters techniques. Train students to critically evaluate trade-offs between the design goals, and to obtain optimal solutions.
The outcome Gain theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in analysis and design of simple microwave electronic circuits. Learn efficient and competent use of modern CAD tools. Acquire proficiency in critical evaluation of trade-offs between the design goals, in obtaining solutions that yield optimal performance, in manufacturing physical prototypes, and in design validation by measurements.
Contents of lectures S-parameters. Signal flow charts. Matching networks. Transistors at high frequencies (BJT, MESFET, HEMT, pHEMT, mHEMT). Microwave linear transistor amplifiers. Stability circles. Constant gain circles. Constant noise-figure circles. Low-noise and broadband amplifiers. Harmonic balance analysis. Gain compression. Power amplifiers. Oscillators. Phase noise. Microwave integrated circuits.
Contents of exercises Design of microwave transistor amplifier. CAD design, optimization, PCB prototype manufacturing, soldering of discrete components and design verification by measurements of the relevant parameters in the laboratory.
  1. G. Gonzalez, Microwave Transistor Amplifiers: Analysis and Design, New York: Prentice Hall, 1997. (Original title)
  2. D. Pozar, Microwave Engineering, New York: Wiley, 2004. (Original title)
Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
Lectures Exercises OTC Study and Research Other classes
3 1 1
Methods of teaching Lectures, problem-solving classes, CAD exercises and laboratory work.
Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
Pre obligations Points Final exam Points
Activites during lectures 10 Test paper 30
Practical lessons 0 Oral examination 0
Projects 30
Colloquia 30
Seminars 0