ECE 44100 - Distributed Parameter Systems

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Counts as:

  • EE Elective
  • CMPE Complementary Selective

Normally Offered:

Each Fall


On-campus only


ECE 30411 or ECE 31100

Catalog Description:

Transient and steady state behavior of transmission lines; wave guides, antennas, propagation, noise, microwave sources, system design.

Course Objectives:

To introduce the student to the main factors that must be considered in communication system design, apart from lumped circuit analysis, and modulation and information theory.

Required Text(s):

  1. Microwave Engineering , 4th Edition , D. Pozar , Wiley , 2011 , ISBN No. 978047063155-3

Recommended Text(s):


Lecture Outline:

Week Topic
1 Introduction. Transmission Line Equations and their solutions. Propagation of Signals. Wave Velocity and Surge Impedance.
2 Attenuation, Distortion; Reflections, Reflection Coefficient. Pulses. Transmission Line Equations in Steady State.
3 Standing Waves. Input Impedance and Admittance. The Smith Chart. Slotted Line Technique.
4 Stub Matching. Quarter Wave Transformers. Diplexers.
Test 1.
5-6 Coupled Line Directional Couplers and Filters.
7 Plane Wave Propagation. Guided Wave Propagation.
8-9 Metallic and Optical Waveguides and Components.
Test 2
10-12 Radiation, Elementary Antennas. Patterns and Impedance. Antennas Gain, Arrays, Horns and Reflections. Effective Aperature, Images.
13 Test 3
14 Propagation Effects in the Earth Environment
15 Noise, Sources of External Noise. Internal Noise in Receivers and Amplifiers. Noise Temperature.

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