EECS 308: Applied Electromagnetics and Photonics

Quarter Offered

Spring : 3:30-4:50 TuTh ; Yuen


EECS 224


Transmission lines; impedance transformation; transients on lines; electromagnetic waves; electromagnetic wave reflection and transmission; metallic, dielectric and optical waveguides and wave transmission; single and multimode fibers; antennas and diffraction, antenna arrays; communication, and radar.

TEXTBOOK: Ulaby, et al, Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics, Prentice Hall, 6th​ edition, 2010


Phone: (847) 272-7832; email:

COURSE GOALS: To provide the electrical engineering student with detailed information regarding key applications of electromagnetic fields and waves in modern communications technology, especially antennas and fiber optics.

ORGANIZATION: Two lectures per week.  Weekly homework assignment.


  • Week 1: Review of Maxwell's equations and plane wave propagation. Review of plane wave reflection and transmission at normal incidence.
  • Week 2-3: Transmission lines, transients.
  • Week 4: Plane wave reflection and transmission at oblique incidence.
  • Week 5: Geometric optics. Images formed by mirrors and lenses.
  • Week 6: Waveguides: Infinite parallel metal plate waveguide. Propagation and cutoff phenomena. Hollow rectangular metal waveguide.
  • Week 7: Fiber optics.
  • Week 8: Radiation and antennas: The short dipole. Antenna radiation characteristics. Half-wave dipole antenna.
  • Week 9: Radiation and antennas, continued: Aperture antennas. Antenna arrays.
  • Week 10: Contemporary applications of antennas: Satellite communication systems. Global positioning system. Cellular telephone systems. Radar and radar cross section.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: When a student completes this course, s/he should understand:

  1. Key aspects of the behavior and design of antennas for wireless communications systems, including satellite direct-broadcast and terrestrial cellular / personal communications systems.
  2. Propagation and cutoff behavior of electromagnetic wave modes in transmission media​.​
  3. Wireless and optical fiber communication.

ABET CONTENT CATEGORY: 100% Engineering (Design component).