ECE 577
Advanced Antenna Theory

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Section Type Times Days Location Instructor
B LCD 1230 - 1350 T R   260 Everitt Lab  Jennifer Bernhard
Official Description Selected topics from recent engineering literature on antennas supplemented by advanced topics in electromagnetic theory needed for comprehension; current techniques for analysis of wire, slot, horn, frequency independent, quasi-optical, and array antennas. Course Information: Prerequisite: ECE 520.
Subject Area Electromagnetics, Optics and Remote Sensing
Course Prerequisites Credit in ECE 520
Course Directors Jennifer Truman Bernhard
Detailed Description and Outline


  • Antenna system parameters: gain; directivity; efficiency; impedance; antenna temperature
  • Methods of antenna analysis: equivalence theorem; induction theorem; Huygens' principle; Kirchoff approximation; Fourier transform; physical and geometrical optics; scattering of electromagnetic waves; method of moments
  • Integral equations for simple radiators: thin wire antennas and linear dipoles; kernel functions and approximate representations, numerical solution
  • Antenna noise temperature: Nyquist theorem; computation of antenna temperature
  • Discrete arrays and aperture antennas: general introduction; synthesis; optimization of directive gain and signal-to noise ratio; super-gain phenomena; sensitivity and stability analysis; large phased arrays; mismatch and blind angle phenomena; aperiodic arrays
  • Special topics: log-periodic antennas; low-profile antennas; multiple-beam and steerable-beam antennas; reflector antennas; artificial lens and boot-lace antennas; aberrations and method of corrections; corrugated waveguides and horns
C.A. Balanis, Antenna Theory Analysis and Design, Harper & Row.
Last updated: 2/13/2013