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EECS 430 - Radiowave Propagation and Link Design

Course Objectives:
1.  To develop a theoretical and practical understanding of wireless radiowave propagation, antennas, system noise, and the hardware realizations used in applications such as telecommunications, remote sensing, and satellite communications.

2.  To acquire practical experience in wireless radiowave link design and to develop professional skills including team dynamics, project management, and product development.


Lecture Topics:
Lecture topics include : refraction, reflection, diffraction,  attenuation and radiation of radio waves; antenna system parameters; basic practical antennas; the Friis equation; propagation (near earth, troposphere, ionosphere, indoor and urban environments); atmospheric effects; systemnoise and interference; link budget analysis; fading and multipath interference. Practical wireless systems such as point-to-point microwave links, mobile, satellite, radiometer and radar systems are covered. 

The Design Experience:
In this course, student teams design, build and characterize a practical radio link.  Last year's projects included the development of: a wireless link between two PCs, an RF ID tag system, a satellite ground station for the UM amateur radio club, and an Infrared-to-RF-to-Infrared transceiver for ubiquitous control of a CD player within a household environment.   

EECS 598 - Electromagnetic Metamaterials 

Course Description:
This course will cover engineered structures possessing tailored electromagnetic properties, or properties that are difficult to achieve using conventional materials. The course material will include classical microwave structures like periodically loaded transmission lines and waveguides, corrugated surfaces, wire arrays, and more recent examples such as high impedance surfaces, electromagnetic bandgap structures, negative refractive index and artificial magnetic media. Photonic structures such asphotonic bandgap materials and metal-dielectric plasmonic structures will also be touched upon. The course will allow graduate students to develop an intuitive feel for the electromagnetic response of various structures through exact and approximate methods. Effective medium theories will be developed for those structures operating in the long wavelength regime, and distributed circuit concepts utilized to gain understanding. 

EECS 230 - Electromagnetics I

Lecture Topics:
The course covers the following topics: waves and phasors, transmission lines, vector calculus, electrostatics, magnetostatics, time-varying fields (Faraday's law and displacement current).  

Laboratory Experience:
There are 5 labs. The labs cover a range of topics: acoustic waves, transmission lines and fault location, the Smith chart and the measurement of fundamental quantities.

If you have any questions regarding these courses, please contact the instructor, Prof. Anthony Grbic.