ECE 431: Antennas & Propagation

Prerequisite: ECE 336

General Education requirement: Natural Science Technology

Solution of Maxwell\'s equations for radiation problems. Hertzian dipole as a fundamental radiation element is described. Radiation patterns, directivity, gain, antenna impedance, radiation efficiency, and antenna polarization are defined. The course reviews wire dipole antennas, loop antennas, antennas above ground plane, and corner reflector antennas. Topics include receiving antenna properties, antenna arrays, and microstrip patch and slot antennas. Rectangular horn antennas and parabolic reflector antennas are studied. Also discussed are ground-wave propagation and ionospheric propagation.

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