Microwave Components and Antennas (2014)

Microwave Components and Antennas: Class Photograph 2014
Microwave Components and Antennas: Class Photograph 2014


Course Information

Dates: 14-18 July 2014

Course code: EEE5121Z

Venue: Menzies Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Menzies Building (Upper Campus), University of Cape Town


Course Description

This course presents the technology underlying the implementation of the RF and Microwave parts of Radar Systems and Microwave Radio Systems. Although digital components and signal processing are very important for modern systems, high performance RF & Microwave Components and Antennas are key to overall system implementation.


Course Overview

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Specific course topics include:

  • Overview of Radar and Microwave Radio
  • Circuits and Transmission Lines
  • Microwave Oscillators
  • Microwave Amplifiers
  • PIN Diodes in Switches and Limiters
  • Mixers and Receivers
  • Antennas

Upon completion of this course student will be conversant in the important parameters of antenna systems. They will have strong appreciation of the important properties of antennas and will be familiar with antenna systems, whether single elements or array configurations, implemented in many radar and EW systems.



Barry DowningProf Barry Downing completed an MScEng degree by research into electronically tuned Gunn oscillators in 1970, and a PhD part time at the University of Sheffield in 1973. He joined the University of Cape Town as a full professor in 1983 and established a research group in novel Microwave transducers, components and circuits. He was Head of the Electrical Engineering Department for 12 years and a Deputy Dean for 10 years. He retired in December 2010 and he has continued to be actively involved at UCT to date as an Emeritus Professor. He is presently the Convenor for the MEng Professional Taught Masters degree in Radar.



Daniel OHaganAssoc Prof Daniel O’Hagan obtained a PhD in radar from University College London, and worked as a Radar Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Technique (Germany) since 2009. He has been extensively engaged in passive radar (commensal radar) research. Additional research interests have included VHF radar, antenna array design and beamforming, LPI techniques, low-observable platform design considerations, and bistatic clutter. He is taking over as Convenor of the MEng (Radar), and will be involved in the research programmes of the RRSG Masters and PhD students.



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