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Master lecture series: Microwave engineering and antennas

Microwave engineering, active circuits, antenna systems, ADS and vector network analysis

Within the domain of electrical engineering there is a growing interest in microwave engineering and antenna systems. Next to traditional application areas, such as wireless and radar, microwave engineering and antennas have become eminent in several new application domains, such as medical applications (e.g. MRI scanner) and high‐speed IC and PCB design. The course includes hands‐on lab using state‐of‐the‐art design tools and measurement equipment (Network Analyser).


  • Introduction in Microwave engineering, including passive components and active circuits (amplifiers)
  • Introduction into antenna systems
  • Hands‐on labs in design tools (ADS) and the vector network analyser

Intended for

Engineers (TU/HBO+experience) in electrical engineering. 

Participants to bring their own laptop to the course with the freeware QUCS installed.

This master lecture series is open to participants PAO Techniek en Management. Regular students of the TU will attend the lecture series too. The lectures will be taught in English.

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  • Information
    Trainer: Dhr. A.B. Smolders (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e))
    Course data: mid November 2023 - January 2024
    Day format: Two 2-hour lectures a week
    Location: Eindhoven
    Price: € 1,760.00 ex. vat
    The program will be taught in English.
  • Program

    Detailed content

    1. Introduction and organization of the course 

    2. Passive microwave structures 

    • Transmission lines, Smith chart 
    • Microwave networks 
    • Combiners 
    • Impedance matching and tuning 
    • Microwave filters 

    3. Active microwave circuits

    • Definitions of different Gains 
    • Stability, gain circles, technology performance 
    • Noise figure and noise circles 
    • Amplifier, load line and matching conditions 

    4. Antennas 

    • Introduction of various antenna and modelling concepts 
    • Radiated fields 
    • Electric and magnetic dipole 
    • Antenna parameters 
    • Reciprocity 
    • Aperture antennas 

    5. Lab

    • Microwave engineering tools: ADS 
    • Design, realization and measurement of an active antenna (amplifier+matching+antenna)