Sep 27, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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EE 4280 - Antenna Theory and Wireless Applications

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The fundamental principles of antenna and wave propagation that underpin modern wireless systems and govern the design of EMI compliant high-speed circuit boards are developed in this course. Topics build upon the foundation established in electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic waves. The magnetic vector potential is introduced and is used to analyze canonical dipole and monopole antennas. Fundamental antenna concepts are examined, such as radiation patterns, directivity, gain, efficiency, bandwidth, and practical feeding techniques. Linear antenna arrays are then developed. Antenna and electromagnetic propagation principles are then applied to the analysis of common communication system links. (prereq: EE 3204  or EE 3212)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Derive the radiated fields of the infinitesimal dipole antenna using the magnetic vector potential and vector calculus
  • Use image theory to determine the performance of a monopole antenna
  • Explain the meaning of antenna gain, directivity, and efficiency
  • Model basic dipole antennas using equivalent circuits
  • Explain fundamental trade-offs between the size, gain, and bandwidth of an antenna
  • Calculate the radiation pattern of linear antenna arrays
  • Perform link budget calculations for line-of-sight wireless links using the Friis equation
  • Analyze the performance of common wireless system links, such as cellular telephone, broadcast radio/television, satellite communication, and radar systems
  • Determine the performance of basic antennas using computational electromagnetics software

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Resonant RLC circuits
  • Principles of electromagnetic radiation
  • Static and dynamic electromagnetic fields
  • Maxwell’s equations
  • Transmission lines 

Course Topics
  • Advanced electromagnetic field theory
  • Magnetic vector potential
  • Radiated fields and impedances of dipole antennas
  • Antenna radiation patterns and polarization
  • Baluns
  • Linear antenna arrays
  • Basic propagation and communication system links

Dr. Steven Holland

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