Microwave Components and Antennas (2015)

EEE 5121Z (2015) Microwave Components and Antennas - Class photo
EEE 5121Z (2015) Microwave Components and Antennas – Class photo


Course Information

Dates: 13-17 July 2014

Course code: EEE5121Z

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


Course Description

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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.

The course requires students to have a good background in Mathematics and Physics, the latter with an exposure to propagating electromagnetic waves. This course will provide some revision, but students may need to carry out extra reading. Students should also be familiar with the use of a computer to carry out calculations: the use of spreadsheets and a programming language is essential. Some packages may be introduced in the course.


Course Overview

Specific course topics include:

  • Overview of radar and microwave radio
  • Circuits and transmission lines
  • Microwave oscillators
  • Microwave amplifiers
  • Diodes in switches and limiters
  • Mixers and receivers
  • Antennas

Upon completion of this course, students 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.



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 the Convenor of the MEng (Radar), and involved in the research programmes of the RRSG Masters and PhD students.