ECEN 4634/5634, Microwave Lab, Fall 2017


Weekly updates, December 5, 2017:


-       Lab exams are December 12th and 13th. Your time slot can be found here: LabExamSignups.pdf

o   BE ON TIME for your 30-minute time slot. No accommodations will be made for late arrivals or missed exams.

-       Your lab 11 & 12 write-ups are due by Thursday, December 14th in ECEN 254. You can bring it in to the lab during any of our normal lab times (9:30-12 or 2-4:30).

-       Monday’s lecture will be office hours instead (in ECOT 253), there will be no 1-3pm office hours that day.



-       The final exam is on Monday, December 18th in ECCR 151, from 7:30-10pm

-       You will be allowed one, two-sided (or two, one-sided) notes sheet that you create yourself. Otherwise the exam is no notes, no books, no calculators.

-       There will be additional office hours on Friday, December 15th, 3-5pm, and NO office hours on Monday December 18th.

-       Last year’s final: Final-2016.pdf



Office hours:

1-3pm Mondays  (ECOT 253) or by appointment

PLEASE do not expect TAs to hold office hours.



Lab manual:  4634-Lectures-Labs.pdf    smith11.pdf


Previous Assignments, in order of posting:

-       HW1-ECEN4634-5634-2017.pdf

-       Prelab1-F2017.pdf

-       Prelab2-F2017.pdf

-       Prelab3-F2017.pdf

-       Prelab4-F2017.pdf

-       Prelab5-6-4624-F2017.pdf

-       Prelab5-6-5624-F2017.pdf

-       Prelab7-F2017.pdf

-       Prelab8-F2017.pdf

-       Prelab9-F2017.pdf

-       Prelab10-F2017.pdf

-       Prelab11-F2017.pdf

-       Prelab12-F2017.pdf




A handy quick tool for impedance matching:


Book chapters from Intro to EM (Popovic) relevant to this class – any other EM book will work as well, e.g. that by Notaros used in ECEN 3410:

Chapter 18 - Transmission Lines.pdf

Chapter 19 - Maxwells Equations.pdf

Chapter 20 - The Skin Effect.pdf

Chapter 21 - Uniform Plane Waves.pdf

Chapter 22 - Reflection and Refraction of Plane Waves.pdf

Chapter 23 - Waveguides and Resonators.pdf

Appendices and Index.pdf


Lab groups: Undergraduates (4634) in red, Graduates (5634) in blue.



Tuesday 12:30pm

Thursday 9:30am

Thursday 2pm



Troy Davis

Reed Monseng

Alec Motazedi

Nina Basta

Dan Fishler

Daniel Martin

Laila Marzall (Practicum group)

Robert Davis

Chengcheng Han

Matthew Camacho



Sean McComb

JD Barela

Miranda Thompson

Mike Fromandi

Megan Robinson

Bryan Harant



Josh Asmussen

Jake Sagaser

Michael O’Melveny

Maxwell Urmey

Devon Donahue

Nate Reed

Gabriel Faber

Alberto Michelena Suarez



Soumojit Bose

Trevor Dunn

Dakotah Simpson

Kshitij Sadasivan

Carlos Mulero Hernandez

Kari Van Zyl

Rachel Lawson

Cameron Seamans



General Class Information:


ECEN 4634

Microwave and RF Lab

ECEN 5634

Graduate Microwave and RF Lab


Section 010

M 5:00 – 6:15pm



Section 020

M 5:30 – 6:45pm


Lab Section 011

T 12:30 – 3:00 pm


Lab Section 021

T 12:30 – 3:00 pm




Lab Section 022

Th 9:30 – 12:00pm


Lab Section 012

Th 2:00 – 4:30 pm


Lab Section 023

Th 2:00 – 4:30pm



Instructor: Prof. Taylor Barton (ECOT-253)


Class organization and rules: 

-       There will be 10 experiments this semester. You must complete all of these to pass the course. There will be a single make-up lab session near the end of the semester only for students that miss a lab for a good reason and who inform me ahead of time.

-       If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for your lab section, you will not be allowed to do the lab, and will have to make it up during the make-up week.

-       A prelab homework is due at the beginning of your lab section each week. Be sure to do the homework appropriate to the lab that your group will be doing each week.

-       You will not be allowed to do the lab work (and hence will not get credit for that week's experiment) unless the pre-lab has been handed in at the beginning of the lab. The pre-labs are designed to help you finish the labs.

-       Lab reports are due in your next lab session (one week after you do the lab).

-       Although you carry out the lab experiments in groups, everyone must turn in their own individual lab report that shows your own understanding of the material. Only the data you took should be the same among reports from the same lab group.

-       Grading of pre-labs and lab reports is as follows: 10 – complete and all correct; 8-9 – complete and mostly correct; 5-7 – complete but some errors; 3-4 – complete but mostly wrong; and 0-2 – incomplete or wrong.

-       There will be a 1-hour written and a 20-minute lab oral final exam. The lab oral exams will be during the last week of the semester.


Recommended textbook: Pozar.

Additional material will be provided when needed.

Background text (free): Introductory Electromagnetics, Popovic and Popovic, on ECEN3400 web page, and Electromagnetics by B. Notaros.


Software:  In this class we will use an industry-standard   circuit simulator tool from National Instruments Applied Wave Research (AWR): Microwave Office. NI/AWR has generously allowed our class to obtain free licenses. Please follow the instructions below to obtain a license for your computer:

  1. Go to
  2. If for some reason you have previously already registered on the AWR website, you will use the same account to get the software.
  3. If you have not previously registered, the license generation will send you an email with the account login information.
  4. You will then obtain a license file with a link to the software download area.

If you are asked for a faculty contact name, use "Prof. Zoya Popović". It is probably best if you download from an on-campus location, or use a VPN. The domain "" is added to the system so you should not have any problems, but please let me know as soon as possible if you have trouble downloading the software. The AWR software runs on Windows only. If you run another OS, you will have to run it in a virtual machine.


Grading (preliminary)



(ECEN 4634)

(ECEN 5634)

Homework and Prelabs



Lab Write-ups



Midterm Exam (written)



Practicum (lab exam)



Final Exam (written portion: covers the entire course)



*Note that the total is 110%, and the grade is based on 100% (built-in curve)


Copying other students’ work, or letting other students copy your work is considered dishonest and if proven will result in an F in the course.  


Below is the class and homework schedule for the semester. It will be updated as needed, so please check periodically.



Class Topics


Week 1

Aug. 28

Introduction and review (Lec. 1)

Network Analysis and calibration (during lab times)

HW1 assigned.

Come to your assigned lab time; we will use the lab times to finish review

Week 2

Sept. 4

No Class Sept 4 (Labor Day)

Lectures in Tu/Th pm lab sessions

Homework 1 due Friday.

Week 3

Sept. 11

Power Measurements

Lab 1: Artificial transmission line

Lab 2: Network analyzer basics

Week 4

Sept. 18

Transmission lines in time domain and TDR 

Lab 1 and Lab 2

Week 5

Sept. 25

Multiport networks

Lab 3: Power measurements

Lab 4: TDR using a network analyzer

Week 6

Oct. 2


Lab 3 and Lab 4

Week 7

Oct. 9


Lab 5: CAD Lab using AWR

Lab 6: CAD lab, only grad students

Week 8

Oct. 16

Midterm, in class

Make-up labs

Week 9

Oct. 23


Lab 7: Gunn diode

Lab 8: Multiport networks

Week 10

Oct. 30

Antennas and propagation

Lab 7 and Lab 8

Week 11

Nov. 6

Mixers and superhet   


Lab 9: Antennas

Lab 10: Amplifiers

Week 12

Nov. 13

Radar fundamentals

Lab 9 and Lab 10

Week 13

Nov. 20

Thanksgiving and Fall Break

Week 14

Nov. 27

Topic on demand

Lab 11: Superheterodyne link

Lab 12: Radar

Week 15

Dec. 4

Topic on demand 

Lab 11 and Lab 12

Week 16

Dec. 11


Practicum, during lab times

Final Exam

December 18th, 7:30-10pm




Policies and Regulations: 


This course strives to provide the student with a variety of specific learning outcomes. These include the student outcomes identified by ABET, and adhered to by the ECEE department, related to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.  The specific Student


Cell phones and PDAs. Out of respect for the students and instructors as well as to minimize interference to laboratory measurement it is mandatory that cell phones or other devices with annunciators or other disturbing audio capabilities be turned off before entering the classroom or laboratory. Calculators may be used during exams when explicitly allowed, but personal digital assistants or other devices with communications capabilities are not permitted.


Electronic Communication. Questions on the course material, schedule, or policies may be e-mailed to the instructor at the above-listed address. E-mailed questions will be addressed as soon as possible, although given the volume of e-mail received by the instructors a delay of up to several days may occur. All course-related e-mails should include the course number in the subject line. Other forms of communication (voice mail, electronic communications other than email, etc.) are not guaranteed a response.




If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit your accommodation letter from Disability Services to your faculty member in a timely manner so that your needs can be addressed.  Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented disabilities in the academic environment.  Information on requesting accommodations is located on the Disability Services website (  Contact Disability Services at 303-492-8671 or for further assistance.  If you have a temporary medical condition or injury, see Temporary Medical Conditions under the Students tab on the Disability Services website and discuss your needs with your professor.




Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every effort to deal reasonably and fairly with all students who, because of religious obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required attendance.  In this class, the instructor must be informed at least two weeks in advance of a conflict with an exam or laboratory session, so that accommodations can be made. For missed laboratory sessions, the student will be allowed to work with another lab group on a date that does not conflict.

See the campus policy regarding religious observances for full details.




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