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ELEC_ENG 308: Applied Electromagnetics and Photonics

Quarter Offered

None ; Taflove

Prerequisites

ELEC_ENG 224

Description

ELEC_ENG 308: Applied Electromagnetics and Photonics

Prerequisite:  ELEC_ENG 224 

Description:

Electromagnetic wave behavior and design of metallic, dielectric, and optical waveguides and antennas and antenna arrays.  Electromagnetic wave fundamentals of wireless communications systems and radar techniques. 

TEXTBOOK: Ulaby and Ravaioli, Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics, Pearson, 8th edition, 2020 (also available as an eText). 

COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Prof. Allen Taflove 

COURSE GOALS: To provide the electrical engineering student with detailed information regarding the electromagnetic wave behavior and design of modern communications and radar technologies. 

ORGANIZATION:  Four lectures per week.  Weekly homework assignment. 

DETAILED COURSE TOPICS:  22 lectures divided into five major topic groups, as follows. 

Part 1:  Metal Waveguide Transmission Lines
     1a.  Why Use Metal Waveguides at Microwave Frequencies When Coaxial Cables Work So Well Below 1 GHz? 
     1b:  Basic Relations for Metal Waveguide E and H Fields in Rectangular Coordinates 

  1. Parallel-Plate Waveguide Transverse Electromagnetic (TEM) Mode 
  1. Parallel-Plate Waveguide Transverse Magnetic (TM) Modes 
  1. Parallel-Plate Waveguide Transverse Electric (TE) Modes 
  1. Velocities of Propagation 
  1. Rectangular Waveguide Transverse Magnetic (TM) Modes 
  1. Rectangular Waveguide Transverse Electric (TE) Modes 
  1. Power Flow in the TE10 Mode of a Rectangular Waveguide 
  1. The TE10 Mode in a Rectangular Waveguide: Coax-to-Waveguide Transitions 
  1. Circular Waveguides 
  1. Cavity Resonators 

Part 2:  Dielectric Waveguide Transmission Lines 

  1. Dielectric Fiber Waveguides:  Millimeter Waves to Infrared Light 
  1. Defect-Mode Electromagnetic Bandgap Waveguides:  Microwaves to Infrared Light 

Part 3:  Antennas and Electromagnetic Wave Radiation

  1. Overview 
  1. The Hertzian Dipole 
  1. Antenna Radiation Characteristics 
  1. Dipole, Monopole, and Yagi-Uda Antennas 
  1. Effective Area of a Receiving Antenna and the Friis Transmission Formula 
  1. Radiation by Aperture Antennas: Scalar Kirchoff Formulation 
  1. Antenna Arrays 

Part 4:  Satellite Communications Systems

  1. Electromagnetic Wave Radiation and Propagation Aspects of Geostationary Satellite Communication Systems 

Part 5:  Radar Sensors 

  1. Electromagnetic Wave Radiation and Propagation Aspects of Radar Sensors 

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

  1. Key aspects of the electromagnetic wave behavior and design of metallic, dielectric, and optical waveguides and wave transmission from microwaves to infrared light. 
  1. Key aspects of the electromagnetic wave behavior and design of antennas and antenna arrays from wire dipoles and Yagi-Uda antennas above the Earth’s surface to aperture antennas such as horns and parabolic reflectors. 
  1. Key aspects of the electromagnetic wave behavior and design of wireless communications and radar systems. 
  1. More generally, to provide electrical engineering students with a solid Maxwell’s-equations-based foundation for professional opportunities in contemporary commercial and defense wireless communications and sensing activities. 

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