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ECEN 4634 - Microwave and RF Laboratory

Catalog Data ECEN 4634 (3). Microwave and RF Laboratory. Introduce RF and microwave measurement methods. A laboratory course whose experiments build on material learned in ECEN 3410 (Electromagnetic Waves and Transmission): electromagnetic waves, transmission lines, waveguides, time-domain reflection, frequency-domain measurement, microwave networks, impedance matching, antenna pattern measurement, radar, and simple nonlinear concepts such as harmonics, square-law detection, mixing and transmitter/receiver applications. Restricted to juniors/seniors in Engineering.
(Meets with ECEN 5634.)
Credits and Design 3 credit hours: 1 hour of lecture and 3 hours of laboratory per week. Elective course.
Prerequisite(s) ECEN 3410, Electromagnetic Waves and Transmission
Textbook Instructor's notes.
Course Objectives To reinforce the student's understanding in basic wave and transmission concepts.
Topics Covered
  1. The artificial transmission line.
  2. Time-domain reflectometers.
  3. Microwave power measurements.
  4. The slotted line.
  5. The network analyzer.
  6. Impedance matching.
  7. The directional coupler.
  8. Antennas.
  9. Superheterodyne receiver.
  10. Microwave oscillators.
  11. Nonlinearities in time, frequency, and power.

Last revised: 08-02-11, PM, ARP.