Courses Catalogue

Advanced Microwave Communication

COURSE CODE: PHY7117
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

Measurements at VHF and microwave frequencies; characteristics of microwave generators, amplifiers, passive devices and detection systems; measurement of frequency, noise and simple antenna patterns; time domain reflectometry, swept frequency network and spectrum analyzer techniques;

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

To provide basic principles of microwave amplifiers and oscillators, passive component characteristics, resonators and filters, antennas and microwave radio link characterization.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the theoretical principles underlying microwave devices and networks
  • Design microwave components such as power dividers, hybrid junctions, microwave filters, ferrite devices, and single-stage microwave transistor amplifiers
  • Improve skills in written communication, through a project report
  • Quantify the effects of noise in microwave systems
  • Quantify the signal and noise characteristics of microwave systems such as communication networks, radars, and radiometers, and relate this to the design process

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to:

  • Design a microwave system taking into account the path losses and fading channel characteristics, carry out measurements and interpret results obtained