Engineering and design

Radio to Optical Frequency Engineering

Module code: H6109
Level 6
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Laboratory, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

This module introduces established high frequency circuit design techniques. It also extends the coverage of electromagnetic transmission to millimetre wave and optical frequencies.

Topics covered by this module will include:

  • high frequency devices and equivalent circuit models, S-parameters, biasing, linearity, stability and matching
  • the Smith chart
  • Microstrip and its use in coupled line structures and matching network design 
  • microwave circuit materials and their characterisation
  • high frequency measurements using vector network analyser and measurement of microstrip transmission-line components
  • further electromagnetic wave equation and TEM waves
  • propagation through various media, reflection and refraction and waveguides
  • optical fibres, optodevices and couplers and optical communications.

Pre-requisite

Analogue Communication and Propagation

Module learning outcomes

  • Deploy established techniques for the analysis of high frequency circuits using scattering parameters
  • Use the Smith chart in the design of microstrip matching networks
  • Demonstrate systematic understanding of electromagnetic transmission in guided structures
  • Comment on the uncertainties in the design and manufacture of ultra-high frequency components and systems and make informed design choices.