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INP7080597, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0520, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANTENNAS AND WIRELESS PROPAGATION
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-INF/02 Electromagnetic Fields 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
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Prerequisites: The course requires the knowledge of the fundamental laws of electromagnetism and electrical engineering, which can be acquired in course like, Physics, Electrotechnical Engineering or Circuit theory,Electromagnetic fields and propagation
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide students with specific skills in the design, experimental realization and characterization of antennas , optical antennas included for the course of 9 ECTS, and wireless transmission links. In particular:
- to know the principles of wireless propagation of electromagnetic signals
- to know the main parameters that specify the operation of an antenna system
- to know the characteristics of the main types of antenna commonly used in wireless transmission
- to know the properties of plasmonic materials and nanostructures and the properties of optical antennas (9 ECTS course)
- to be able to understand the operation of an antenna system
- to be able to design, also assisted by the computer, an antenna system (including the case of optical antennas for the 9 ECTS course) starting from a set of assigned specifications.
Examination methods: The verification of the knowledge and skills learned is carried out with a written test, in which textbooks and notes cannot be used, with exercises assigned in order to verify the level of learning and skills in solving problems related to the use of antenna systems and the design of radio links.
A bonus of up to 3 marks can be obtained by attending the laboratory and delivering the relative reports.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria used to evaluate the knowledge and skills acquired are:
- completeness of knowledge
- ability to present the results with the appropriate terminology in both the written and oral tests
- ability to solve problems related to radio links
- ability in the design, also through the computer, of specifically assigned antennas (including optical antennas, for the 9 ECTS course).
Course unit contents: Maxwell and Helmholtz equations in homogeneous media. Sinusoidal Regime, complex vectors and polarization. Electromagnetic waves and transported power (Poynting vector). The electromagnetic potentials.
Elementary dipole: far and near fields.
Antenna parameters: radiation intensity, radiation patterns, directivity, gain, efficiency, effective length in transmission. Antenna circuit theory. Antenna impedance and radiation resistance. The scattering parameters. Adaptating and balancing the antennas.
Antennas in reception. Effective length and effective area. Reciprocity and relationships between parameters in transmission and reception. Examples of parameters.
Wire antennas (short, half-wave, full-wave dipoles, multi-band and broadband). Antennas with a ground plane (symmetries and image antennas). Equivalent dipole moment of a system of sources.
The diffraction. Aperture and reflector antennas. Patch antennas.
Antenna arrays. Composition factor. Uniform linear arrays. Phased arrays. Smart antennas and MIMO systems.
Physical architecture of wireless links (Friis formula and its variations, noise). Satellite communications and radio links. Radio navigation systems (GPS etc.). Antennas for 3G, 4G, 5G, WI-FI and WIMAX.
Laboratory of antennas (antenna design with CST during lesson time and experimental characterization in overtime).
For the 9 ECTS course: Drude and Lorentz models of the electromangetic response of metals and doped semiconductors, surface plasmons, localized plasmons, plasmonic resonances, optical antennas and their properties, circuit equivalent models of optical antennas in transmitting and receiving modes, antenna efficiency, Purcell factor, optical antenna arrays and metasurfaces.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The activities include 30 classroom lectures with presentations of the topics on the blackboard with the support of powerpoint projections of particularly complex graphics. Some course topics not covered in the textbook will be presented using dedicated powerpoint projections. The lessons will be accompanied by practical examples and exercises in order to help the student to adquire specific problem solving skills. 6 lessons will be dedicated to the computer lab where the students will perform the design and simulation of specific assigned antennas using the CST software.
Additional notes about suggested reading: On the elearning platform the transparencies and animations projected in the classroom will be uploaded, in particular those of the sections of the course not present in the textbook. Moreover, for each section exercises with solutions will also uploaded.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Stutzman, Warren L.; Thiele, Gary A., Antenna theory and designWarren L. Stutzman, Gary A. Thiele. Hoboken: NJ, Wiley, 2012. Selected sections of Chapters 1-9 and 11 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Haus, Joseph W., Fundamentals and applications of nanophotonicsrisorsa elettronicaedited by Joseph W. Haus. Waltham: Woodhead Publishing, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • CST software

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