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ENEE489A Special Topics in Electrophysics: Laboratory for Antennas for Wireless Personal Communication Systems

Course Description:

ENEE 489A is a senior level advanced laboratory course designed to provide hands-on exposure on concepts of antennas design, including computer modeling, fabrication and testing of small scale antennas used in personal communication systems.  The course builds upon the concepts of electromagnetic wave introduced in ENEE381.  Students will learn how to use state of the art microwave testing apparatus and techniques, simulate electromagnetic properties based on geometry as well as design, build and test several prototype antenna configurations.


ENEE381; Elementary understanding of Maxwell's Equation



Course Objectives:

  • Develop knowledge of sources and receivers of electromagnetic radiation and the application to the design of electrically small antennas. 
  • Understand the concepts of impedance, bandwidth and radiation characteristics of dipole, loop, helical, strip line and dielectric resonator antennas 
  • Understand the influence of the human body on the radiation performance. 
  • Learn high frequency electromagnetic design simulation software
  • Design antenna configurations with specific emphasis to applications in personal, mobile and base station communication technology. 
  • Fabricate and characterize various antenna designs



​Topics Covered:

  • Review of Maxwells Equations (2 weeks). 
  • Broad Survey of Portable Communication Technologies (4 weeks)
  • Characterization of Radiation Parameters and Performance 
  • Introduction to electromagnetic simulation using SEMCADx (4 week)
  • Design criteria for mobile and portable antennas (1 week) 
  • Fabrication and Testing of Electrically Small Antennas (5 weeks) 


Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (Moderate)
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data (Moderate)
  • Ability to function on a multi-disciplinary team (Moderate)
  • Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (Significant)
  • Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (Moderate)
  • Ability to communicate effectively (Moderate)
  • Knowledge of contemporary issues (Moderate)
  • Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice (Moderate)