Modern design of radio communications

Subject description

Introduction to the radio communications. Basic radio communication systems and sub-systems: sources (transmitters), media, drains (receivers), antennas. Modern antenna design with the appropriate numerical tools (2D, 2.5D and 3D). Millimetre, sub-millimetre and terahertz antennas. High-frequency electrical circuit design. High-frequency properties of passive and active devices. Modern modelling of linear and nonlinear high-frequency circuits. High-frequency measurements. Ground-based and satellite communications. Limitations, properties and design of satellite communications.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

Learning basic radio-communication building blocks. Learning the operation, properties and the design of antennas. Learning about numerical antenna-design tools. Learning millimetre and terahertz antennas. Learning high-frequency properties of basic electronic devices. Learning the design and modelling of radio-frequency circuits. Learning high-frequency measurements. Learning design of the communication link between a small satellite and a ground station.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures for theoretical background. Sole and team seminar work with laboratory exercises (numerical tools and practical experiments).

Expected study results

Knowledge and understanding of the basic radio-communication building blocks, antennas, high-frequency properties of devices and circuits, high-frequency measurements. Familiarization with modern numerical tools for antenna and circuit design.

Basic sources and literature

  1. Belov LA, Smolskiy SM, Kochemasov VN (2012) Handbook of RF, Microwave, and Millimeter-Wave Components. Artech House, London
  2. Rogers JWM, Plett C, Marsland I (2013) Radio Frequency System Architecture and Design. Artech House, London
  3. Vidmar M (2005) Radiokomunikacije. Založba Fakultete za elektrotehniko in računalništvo, Ljubljana
  4. Izbrani prispevki iz zbornikov seminarja Radijske komunikacije (2010-2014). Založba Fakultete za elektrotehniko in računalništvo, Ljubljana

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