FEKT-BPC-MVTAcad. year: 2020/2021
The subject introduces circuit techniques in the frequency range up to tens of GHz. The lectures are concentrated on the presentation of basic principles and properties of microwave structures whose knowledge is necessary for the design of devices not only for communication purposes. Laboratory exercises practically familiarize students with individual microwave circuits and measurement methods.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The graduate is able to:
- describe, analyze and design a coax line, and metal rectangular and circular waveguides;
- explain „hybrid microwave integrated circuit“;
- describe basic types of passive microwave integrated structures ( microstrip, coplanar, slot one) and compare them;
- explain „monolithic microwave integrated circuit“;
- describe basic types of microwave resonators (transmission lines resonators, cavity resonators, planar resonators, dielectric resonators);
- explain coupling of cavity resonators to surrounding circuits;
- explain basic principles of a waveguide and cavity resonator excitation;
- analyze and design transmission lines and cavity resonators;
- explain „power divider“ and a principle of Wilkinson power divider;
- explain „directional coupler“, define its basic parameters and explain „quadrature hybrid“;
- explain principles on which waveguide microwave attenuators, phase shifters, and reactance components are based;
- explain „ferrite isolator“ and „ferrite circulator“, explain principles on which they are based and specify areas of their application;
- explain „substrate integrated waveguide“, specify its basic properties and compare it with a rectangular waveguide.
Students who enroll the course should be able to:
- compute with complex numbers;
- explain fundamental principles of theory of electromagnetic waves and transmission lines(Maxwell’s equations, propagation of a wave along transmission line, transmission line parameters);
- work with Smith chart.
- recommended prerequisite
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
HANUS, S., SVAČINA, J. Vysokofrekvenční a mikrovlnná technika. Skripta FEKT VUT v Brně, 2002. (CS)
TYSL, V., RŮŽIČKA, V. Teoretické základy mikrovlnné techniky. SNTL Praha 1999. (CS)
POZAR, D. Microwave engineering, John Wiley and Sons, New Jersey, 2005. (EN)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Techning methods include lectures and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
A test written during semester (15 points), laboratory exercises (20 points), written final exam (65 points).
Language of instruction
1. Introduction to microwave techniques, fundamental transmission structures
2. Rectangular waveguides
3. Circular waveguides, coaxial lines and waveguides
4. Microwave integrated techniques
5. Basic kinds of microwave integrated circuits
6. Transmission line resonators, cavity resonators, resonator excitation
7. Planar and dielectric resonators
8. Microwave network analysis
9. Impedance transformers
10. Power dividers, directional couplers
11. Microwave attenuators and phase shifters, matched loads, filters
12. Nonreciprocity microwave ferrite circuits
13. Circuits based on substrate integrated waveguide technology
The subject is aimed to present basic principles of microwave techniques in the frequency range up to tens of GHz, and on practicing practical approaches to computing parameters of basic transmission structures and microwave circuits.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.