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MCC121 - Microwave engineering
Mikrovågsteknik
 
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-15 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPWPS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics
Department: 59 - MICROTECHNOLOGY AND NANOSCIENCE


Course round 1


Teaching language: English
Application code: 29128
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B+
Status, available places (updated regularly): Yes

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   10 Jan 2022 am J,  12 Apr 2022 am J,  24 Aug 2022 pm J

In programs

MPEES EMBEDDED ELECTRONIC SYSTEM DESIGN, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPWPS WIRELESS, PHOTONICS AND SPACE ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory)
MPCOM COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (compulsory elective)

Examiner:

Jan Stake

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Eligibility

General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Knowledge in circuit theory, analogue electronics, multivariable calculus, Fourier analysis, complex variables and functions, transmission line theory, electromagnetic wave theory.

Recommended courses are: Electromagnetic waves and components (RRY036); High frequency electromagnetic waves (EEM021); Wireless and Photonic systems engineering (SSY085).

Aim

The aim of this course is to provide the foundation for microwave theory and techniques. Participants will learn how to analyse devices, circuits and structures that interact with electromagnetic fields and with dimensions comparable to a wavelength, or when wave propagation effects must be considered. The goal is to give participants the opportunity to design a basic passive microwave circuit, using modern CAD tools, and experimentally verify the design with modern microwave vector network analysers.

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

  • Analyse wave propagating properties of guided wave structures (TE, TM, TEM waves): coaxial line, parallel plate, microstrip, stripline, rectangular and circular waveguides, and coupled lines
  • Apply N-port representations for analysing microwave circuits
  • Apply the Smith chart to evaluate microwave networks
  • Design and evaluate impedance matching networks
  • Design, evaluate and characterise directional couplers and power dividers
  • Design and analyse attenuators, phase shifters and resonators
  • Explain basic properties of ferrite devices (circulators, isolators)

Content

The course treats analysis and design methods of passive microwave circuits and components. Topics: Field analysis of guided waves on planar transmission lines and rectangular/circular waveguides, Scattering matrix, N-port representations, Foster's reactance theorem, excitation of waveguides, Smith Chart, impedance matching with reactive lumped elements / stubs, impedance transformers (Chebyshev, quarter wave), theory of small reflections, coupled lines, even-odd mode analysis, directional couplers, power dividers, attenuators, phase shifters, ferrite devices, resonators, and finally microwave measurement techniques.

The course contains three lab exercises (worth 1.5 university credit points): 
  1. Design of a passive microwave component (branch line coupler)
  2. Microwave measurements with vector network analyser (VNA)
  3. Computer lab (3D EM simulation of waveguide structures)

Organisation

The course is organised around lectures, tutorials, experimental work and home assignments as follows: 
-Lectures 28h
-Tutorials 28h
-Laboratory work 12h
-Home assignments 
 A half-day educational visit to a local microwave company is also provided.

Literature

Microwave Engineering by David M. Pozar, 4th edition, 2011.
ISBN13: 9780470631553
Scientific and technical papers
Further reading:
Robert E. Collin: Foundations for microwave engineering: 2nd ed, McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1992/2001.
Matthew A. Morgan, Principles of RF and Microwave design, Artech House, 2020.

Examination including compulsory elements

Passed written examination (open book), completion of three lab exercises.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.


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