Mar 22, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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EE 3214 - Electromagnetic Waves

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
The primary goal of this course is to establish the foundation concepts and applications of electromagnetic waves in the context of wireless applications. The course builds on electromagnetic field principles covered in previous courses. The course begins with an introduction to time dynamic electromagnetic fields. Maxwell’s equations are then examined. Electromagnetic wave propagation is initially developed from a circuits viewpoint in the study of transmission lines. The Smith Chart is utilized to graphically determine and display transmission line and measurement results. Scattering parameters are introduced as the parameters used to express specifications and measurements of high-frequency components. Transmission line concepts are then extended to electromagnetic plane waves. Antennas and propagation are examined from a communication link viewpoint. An introduction to electromagnetic interference and signal integrity issues concludes the course. High frequency measurement techniques, components, and instrumentation are examined in the laboratory sessions. (prereq: MA 235  or MA 3502, EE 3204  or (EE 3202 and consent of EE program director))
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Apply electromagnetic principles to electronic components and circuits
  • Apply, interrelate, and interpret transmission line predictions, specifications, and/or measurements (s-parameters are included)
  • Determine transmission line quantities (voltage, current, impedance, power, reflection coefficient, and VSWR) as a function of position and/or frequency
  • Explain antenna and link properties in terms of electromagnetic field principles and concepts
  • Determine first order link performance via the Friis equation

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Vector analysis in rectangular, cylindrical, and spherical coordinate systems.
  • Vector calculus-based electrostatics and magnetostatics (integral forms).
  • Differential equations

Course Topics
  • Faraday’s law, mutual inductors, displacement current, and time-dynamic Maxwell’s equations
  • Transmission lines, Smith charts, and scattering parameters
  • Plane waves, antennas, and links
  • EMI and signal integrity

Laboratory Topics
  • Laboratory safety (LMP), laboratory documentation, and magnetic circuits
  • Mutual inductor characteristics
  • Vector network analyzer - introduction
  • Low frequency coupling of circuits
  • Insertion loss measurements
  • Reflection measurements
  • Distance effects in transmission and reflection
  • Component characterization
  • Electromagnetic interference measurements (interactive demonstration)
  • Horn antenna link

Dr. Robert Strangeway

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