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RADIO-FREQUENCY AND MICROWAVE CIRCUITS

CODE 106782
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 10 cfu during the 2nd year of 8732 INGEGNERIA ELETTRONICA (LM-29) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ING-INF/02
    LANGUAGE Italian (English on demand)
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    This course aims at providing the basic competences about distributed-element circuits operating at radio and microwave frequencies.

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures and laboratory experiences.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Introduction and course organization

    Guided electromagnetic waves

    Maxwell’s equations for cylindrical structures.

    Field behavior in the axial direction and in the transverse plane.

    Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions.

    Classification of modes and their computation.

    Effects of losses: perturbation method, conductor losses, dielectric losses.

    Wave properties: phase velocity and wavelength, group velocity, cutoff phenomena.

    Guiding systems

    Parallel plate waveguide, rectangular and circular waveguide, coaxial line.

    Planar transmission lines: strip and microstrip lines, coplanar waveguide, slot line, substrate integrated waveguide.

    Theory of distributed-elements circuits

    Modes as transmission lines: general form of telegrapher’s equations

    Field representation in guiding systems and power transfer.

    Transmission lines and distributed-elements circuits.

    Passive components in radio-frequency and microwave circuits

    General description of components, their representations and scattering parameters.

    One-port components: loads, short and open circuits.

    Two-port components: discontinuities and junctions, transitions and adapters, attenuators, phase shifters, isolators, gyrators.

    Three-port components: T junctions, power dividers, circulators.

    Four-port components: directional couplers, hybrid junctions.

    Microwave resonators: quality factor and resonant cavities.

    Laboratory experiences

    • Field computation and visualization with MATLAB.
    • Rectangular waveguides and their classification.
    • Measurements with slotted lines and waveguides.
    • Simulation of radio-frequency/microwave components.
    • Experimental characterization of radio-frequency/microwave devices.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Lecture notes and slides of laboratory sessions.

    Basic textbooks:

    R. E. Collin, Foundations for Microwave Engineering, New York: IEEE Press/John Wiley & Sons, 2001.

    D. M. Pozar, Microwave Engineering. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2011

    R. Sorrentino, G. Bianchi, Microwave and RF Engineering. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2010.

    Textbooks on advanced topics:

    R. Garg, I. Bahl, and M. Bozzi, Microstrip lines and slotlines, 3rd edition. Norwood, MA: Artech House, 2013.

    G. Pelosi, R. Coccioli, and S. Selleri, Quick finite elements for electromagnetic waves, 2nd edition. Norwood, MA: Artech House, 2009.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    According to the academic calendar.

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    At least three questions are asked during the oral exam: the first one is chosen by the student, the second is about theory, the last one is more practical (an exercise, typically).

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    After this course, students should demonstrate to know the fundamentals of distributed-element circuits operating at radio and microwave frequencies, as well as the operating principles of standard guiding systems and basic passive radio-frequency/microwave components.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    The teacher is available for any further information about this course.