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Academic year
EEM021 - High frequency electromagnetic waves
Syllabus adopted 2008-02-22 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKELT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0107 Examination 6,0 c Grading: TH   6,0 c   19 Dec 2008 pm M,  17 Apr 2009 am V,  27 Aug 2009 am V
0207 Laboratory 1,5 c Grading: UG   1,5 c    

In programs

TKTFY ENGINEERING PHYSICS - Technic, Year 3 (compulsory)


Professor  Tünde-Maria Fülöp


EEM020   High frequency electromagnetic waves

Course evaluation:


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge of electromagnetic field theory, such as EEM015 Electromagnetic fields.


The aim of this course is to give a basic description and understanding of high frequency electromagnetic wave phenomena as they occur in modern applications as e g fibre optics, laser and microwave techniques and microelectronics. The students will learn to apply Maxwell's electromagnetic theory to solve electromagnetic problems which are closely connected to applications and research within this area and will get a broad theoretical understanding which they can later apply to specific applications (e.g. in photonics, microelectronics etc).

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

· describe different types of transmission lines and their characteristic parameters, understand wave propagation on transmission lines, and be able to use the Smith diagram to solve problems concerning transmission lines

· describe the electromagnetic fields in a waveguide and a cavity resonator, and use that to calculate power flow and attenuation

· understand the building blocks in optical fiber communication systems, together with system limitations coming from dispersion and attenuation

· describe different microwave devices (especially high frequency transistors), determine the length and termination of a waveguide from reflected wave measurements, measure twoport scattering parameters with a network analysator and design a microwave power amplifier.

· derive radiation from a given current distribution, be able to define and use basic antenna concepts, be able to understand and use the radar equation.


I. Transmission lines

Different types of transmission lines and their characteristic parameters; Wave propagation on transmission lines. Stationary and transient situations. The Smith diagram. Impedance matching.

II. Wave guides:

Properties of TEM, TE and TM modes in waveguides. Electromagnetic fields in waveguides. Power flow and attenuation in waveguides. Resonant cavities: stored energy, attenuation, Q-factor and resonance frequency

III Optical fiber communications

System components: transmitters, fibers, amplifiers, receivers. Transmission effects: dispersive pulse broadening and intersymbolinterference, attenuation, gain, noise, signal-to-noise ratio, bit error rate.

IV Microwave electronics

Two port analysis, stability, noise, microwave devices (especially high frequency transistors). Measurement of twoport scattering parameters with a network analysator. Design of a microwave power amplifier from the Smith chart and measured scattering parameters.

V Antennas

Radiation from a given current distribution. Basic antenna concepts: radiation intensity, directivity, directive gain, power gain, radiation efficiency, radiation resistance, effective area,
beamwidth and main lobe. Radiation from a thin linear antenna with a given current distribution, radiation from uniform and binomial groups and phased arrays. Radiation diagram. Radar equation and Friis transmission formula.


Lectures: 18
Exercise classes: 10
Laboratory experiments: 3


D.K. Cheng: Field and Wave Electromagnetics, Addison-Wesley, chap 9-11 or
D.K. Cheng: Fundamentals of Engineering Electromagnetics,
Addison-Wesley chap 8-10;
T. Fülöp: Kompendium i Högfrekvensteknik;
J. Stake, M. Ingvarson and H. Hjelmgren:


Written examination, laboratory exercises

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