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ELEC96025 (EE9-AO12) Microwave Technology

Lecturer(s): Prof Stepan Lucyszyn


This module will present you with fundamental principles behind practical microwave technologies used in modern applications.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
1. Interpret electromagnetic wave propagation in various media; how guided-wave structures can be used as practical components, bridging the gap between radio and optical frequencies.
2. Apply scattering(S)-parameters and their use in simulations and experiments.
3. Analyse the fundamental physical limitations of materials and components. For example, why some materials are better than others and why surface mounted devices are generally not used at upper microwave frequencies.
4. Present aspects of commercial technologies in the design and manufacture of components and circuits.
5. Theoretical predictions and a practical demonstration of the microwave oven will be given at the end of the course to highlight a number of basic electromagnetic principle associated with cavity resonators.


Electromagnetic Spectrum;
Applications of Microwaves and RF;
Microwave Office;
Vector Network Analyzer.

Material Characterization;
Lumped Elements;
RLC Resonators;
Transmission Lines;
Antennas and Propagation;
Guided-waves and Cavity Resonators;
Thermionic Valve Technologies and Heating Applications.
Exam Duration: 3:00hrs
Coursework contribution: 20%

Term: Autumn

Closed or Open Book (end of year exam): Open

Coursework Requirement:
         To be announced

Oral Exam Required (as final assessment): N/A

Prerequisite module(s): None required

Course Homepage:

Book List:
1.Supplementary Reading: [1] D. M. Pozar, Microwave engineering, 4th ed. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2012.
2.Background Reading: [1] S. Lucyszyn, RFIC and MMIC design and technology. London :: London : Institution of
3.Background Reading: [2] S. Lucyszyn, Advanced RF MEMS. Cambridge :: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010.