ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering

ECE 6115 Antenna Theory and Design I

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ECE 6115 Antenna Theory and Design I (3C)

6115: Aperture theory. Aperture antennas: horns, reflectors, feeds. Phased arrays; Array antennas.

What is the reason for this course?

The course sequence ECE 6115, 6116 provides intensive education in antenna design. Antennas are essential to communications and remote sensing. In particular, today’s explosion in wireless communications has increased the demand for radio frequency engineers who can design hardware in sophisticated applications. Antennas are an integral part of any wireless system.

Typically offered: Fall. Program Area: Electromagnetics.

Prerequisites: 5105.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

Understanding basic introductory graduate electromagnetic wave theory as covered in 5105 is necessary for these courses.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
Course Topics
Topic Percentage
Antennas in Systems 10%
Antenna Synthesis 10%
Array fundamentals 12%
Array excitation and mutual impedance
Nonuniformly excited, equally spaced linear arrays
Unequally spaced linear arrays
Space tapered arrays
Errors in arrays
Array Configuration Examples 10%
Circular arrays
Waveguide slot arrays
Microstrip Antennas 17%
Microstrip elements
Microstrip arrays, planar and conformal
Multiple-band and dual-polarized microstrip antennas
Numerical Method for Antenna Analysis 17%
General formulation of method of moments and FDTD
Wire antenna analysis using method of moments
Microstrip antenna analysis using method of moments
Monopole and slotline array analysis using FDTD
Antenna Measurements 12%
Applications 12%
Phased Arrays
Antennas for Wireless Systems

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