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EME102 - Active microwave circuits  
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Syllabus adopted 2019-02-06 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPWPS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics

Teaching language: English
Application code: 29116
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B+

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0111 Laboratory 1,5c Grading: UG   1,5c    
0211 Examination 6,0c Grading: TH   6,0c   19 Mar 2020 am SB_DATA   17 Aug 2020 pm J

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EME101   Active microwave circuits


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Knowledge in circuit theory, analogue electronics, semiconductor devices, complex variables and functions, transmission line theory, electromagnetic-wave theory and microwave engineering. Recommended courses are: Electromagnetic waves and components (RRY036); or High frequency electromagnetic waves (EEM021); or Analog electronics design (LET563/LET564) and, preferably Microwave engineering (MCC121).


The aim of this course is to learn how to design active microwave circuits; such as amplifiers, oscillators, multipliers, and mixers.

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

  1. Analyse two-port networks with respect to gain, noise, stability and VSWR
  2. Apply two-port representations for embedding, de-embedding and interconnecting components
  3. Apply equivalent transistor models for representation of microwave transistors
  4. Design and characterise a RF/microwave amplifier circuit (gain, noise, power, bandwidth, VSWR)
  5. Design a RF/microwave oscillator for low phase noise
  6. Extract small-signal transistor model parameters from S parameter measurements
  7. Extract large-signal transistor-model parameters from transistor DC characteristics and bias dependent small-signal S parameters
  8. Design and analyse nonlinear circuits such as mixers and frequency multipliers


The course treats analysis and design of microwave circuits, particularly amplifiers but also oscillators and nonlinear circuits like mixers and multipliers.

Topics: Two-port theory, impedance matching, stability, noise/gain optimisation, amplifier design, oscillation conditions, wideband amplifiers, the Bode-Fano criteria, high power amplifiers, microwave oscillators, mixers, multipliers, and nonlinear simulation techniques.

The course contains two lab exercises
  1. Design of a microwave-transistor amplifier using modern commercial soft-ware
  2. Assembly of the designed amplifier and measurement to verify the simulated performance

The course contains two home assignments
  1. Design of a noise optimized small-signal amplifier
  2. Exercise in large-signal modeling and nonlinear simulations, carried out in groups of 2


Lectures 32 hours (Dan Kuylenstierna, Vincent Desmaris)
Tutorials 28 hours (William Hallberg)
Laboratory work 8 hours (Ankur Prasad)
Home assignments X hours (Sascha Krause)


David M Pozar, Microwave engineering, 4th edition, Wiley,
2011, (ISBN: 978-0-470-63155-3).
Lecture notes
Scientific and technical papers
Optional: Guillermo Gonzalez, Microwave Transistor Amplifiers: Analysis and Design

E-books available from Chalmers’ library
Steve Cripps, RF Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications, Second Edition, 2006
(E-book ISBN 9781596930193)

Examination including compulsory elements

Successful completion of this module is based on:
  • Passed written examination (open book)
  • Completion of two lab exercises
  • Home assignment (amplifier design)
  • Home assignment large-signal modeling and nonlinear simulations

Final grade is based on sum of results from home assignments (total 20p) and exam (total 60p): 3 (≥32p), 4(≥48p) and 5 (≥64p). The home assignments and the exam must both be passed individually, i.e., >4p on each home assignment and >24p on the exam

Published: Wed 26 Feb 2020.