Microwave Circuits and Systems

TBC for 2019

Course overview

The Course provides an introduction to the essential principles of RF and microwave engineering, giving particular attention to printed circuits and guided wave transmission. To supplement the theory covered in lectures, there will be invited presentations from industry that will put the theory into the context of current industrial practice.

Furthermore practical and simulated laboratory sessions are also included in the course to supplement the lectures. It is intended that the course should be a stand-alone course that will require only a minimum level of previous RF knowledge though some grounding in mathematics including matrix algebra, parabolic equations and some calculus will be desirable.

The course material progresses to an advanced level equivalent to that required to an MSc module. This course can also form part of the Modular MSc in Electronic Engineering. Please contact the CE office for further details.

The topics covered will include:

  • Printed transmission lines and waveguides
  • Microwave semiconductors
  • Microwave amplifiers, antennas and diode circuits
  • Dielectrics for microwave planar circuits
  • Printed passive microwave devices
  • Microwave measurements
  • MCMs (Multichip Modules) for microwaves
  • MMICs (Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits)

Course syllabus

Please note that this syllabus can be changed at the University of Surrey's discretion.

Microstrip Transmission Lines and Stub Matching I and II – Dr Peter Aaen
Microstrip line design, Reflection coefficient, S-parameters, Smith Chart, Stub matching.

Printed Microwave Components – Dr Peter Aaen
Quarter Wave Matching Circuit, transformers, Wilkinson combiners, Couplers (Hybrid, Rat-race, directional, Lange), Circulators

Microwave Transmission – Dr Tim Brown
Propagation of electromagnetic waves through material including propagation constant, wave number, attenuation constant dielectric constant and loss tangent. Types of transmission lines, phase velocity, group delay, dispersion. Brief overview of Maxwell’s equations, boundary conditions and skin depth.

Waveguides I and II – Dr Tim Brown
Principles of propagation in rectangular and circular waveguides. Phase velocity and group delay in waveguides, cut off frequencies. Evanescent modes, waveguide modes. Applications of waveguides.

Microwave measurements I and II – Nick Ridler
Measurement of: Impedance, Power, Attenuation, Noise / Mismatch corrections / Accuracy and Uncertainty / Vector Network Analyser (VNA) Basics / Cables and Connectors / Calibration Methods / Calibration in Coaxial line / Calibration on-wafer / Extended VNA practical session – calibration; measurement; verification.

Microwave antennas – Dr Tim Brown
Basics of antenna theory: directivity, gain, impedance and effective area. Types of microwave antenna: horn antennas and planar antennas.

Microwave Semiconductors – Dr Rob Davis
Doping, semiconductor transport, comparison of key semiconductor properties, the p-n junction, band diagrams, the Schottky diode,  MESFET and HEMTs, bipolar transistors,  device characteristics, frequency response and equivalent circuits, Enhancement and Depletion mode FET integration, Bipolar and FET integration. Wideband gap materials and devices: SiC and GaN. Device Limitations: Noise, linearity and dynamic effects.

MMICs – Dr Rob Davis
Introduction to Monolithic Microwave Integrated Circuits (MMICs), examples of typical applications, overview of process technology, device modelling, Process Design Kits, designing your components, thermal design, using a foundry, process control and wafer acceptance.

PIN Diodes and Phase shifters – Dr Peter Aaen
Operation of PIN diodes and switch circuits. Switched and loaded line phase shifters, reflection type phase shifters.

Microwave Amplifiers – Dr Peter Aaen
Microwave FETs, relative merits of FETs and BJTs. Device and circuit linearity, harmonic and intermodulation distortion, concept of 3rd order intercept.

High Power Devices and Magnetrons – Dr Peter Aaen
Tubes, Travelling wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTAs), Klystrons. Structure and operational principles of the magnetron.

Microwave Oscillator Concepts I and II – Prof Mike Underhill
High frequency transistors and oscillator design. Phase noise characteristics. Oscillations using IMPATT and Gunn diodes.

Millimetre Wave Propagation – Dr Tim Brown
Fundamentals of Propagation, propagation issues at microwave bands. Applications in packet microwave wireless backhauls.

High Frequency MCMs – Quentin Reynolds
Definition of multi-chip modules (MCMs). Advantages, properties and types of MCM. Filter design examples. Assembly techniques, wire bonding and flip chip. Costing issues.

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00-10:30 Microstrip Transmission Lines and Stub Matching I Waveguides I Microwave Antennas Microwave Amplifiers Millimetre Wave Propagation
  Dr P Aaen Dr T Brown Dr T Brown Dr P Aaen Dr T Brown
1030-11:00 Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee

Microstrip Transmission Lines and Stub Matching II


Waveguides II


Microwave Semiconductors


Multiphysics Microwave Simulation and Characterisation High-frequency MCMs
  Dr P Aaen Dr T Brown R Davis Dr P Aaen Q Reynolds
12:30-13:30 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch

Printed Microwave Components


Microwave Measurements I




Microwave Oscillator Concepts I


  Dr P Aaen N Ridler R Davis Prof M Underhill Dr T Brown and Dr P Aaen
15:00-15:30 Tea Tea Tea Tea Tea
15:30-17:00 Microwave Transmission Microwave Measurements II PIN Diodes and Phase Shifters Microwave Oscillator Concepts II END
  Dr T Brown N Ridler Dr P Aaen Prof M Underhill  
17:00-18:30 including break

Labs – ADS Microstrip Design


Labs – Waveguide Demonstrator


Labs – CST Antenna Lab History of High Power Devices and Magnetrons
(1800 finish)
  Dr P Aaen Dr T Brown Prof M Underhill    
        18:45 Complimentary Course Dinner at the Rum Wong Thai Restaurant  


Price per person, including lunch, refreshments and printed course notes

  • £1850 - Standard rate
  • £1750 - Early bird rate for payment received by 1 February 2018

For IET Members (proof of membership needed)

  • £1850 - Standard rate
  • £1650 - Early bird rate for payment received by  1 February 2018

How to apply

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Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment. This makes the price of this course very competitive!

Terms and conditions

  • Cancellations notified in writing ten working days before the event; we charge a cancellation fee of 35% of the standard rate. If we have already received payment we refund 65% of the full fee
  • Cancellations within 10 working days before the event; We charge these at the full rate and do not give refunds
  • If no written notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made
  • The University of Surrey reserves the right to cancel any event. In this case, the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged
  • Details of event changes or cancellations are available by phoning +44 (0)1483 686040
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  • Substitutions, from the same company, may be made following consultation with the Continuing Education Manager
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Tel: +44(0)1483 686040 or email b.steel@surrey.ac.uk.

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