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Course unit
ANTENNAS AND WIRELESS PROPAGATION
INP7080597, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
ICT FOR INTERNET AND MULTIMEDIA
IN2371, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
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 https://elearning.dei.unipd.it/course/view.php?idnumber=2018-IN2371-000ZZ-2018-INP7080597-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MARCO SANTAGIUSTINA ING-INF/02

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
INP7080597 ANTENNAS AND WIRELESS PROPAGATION MARCO SANTAGIUSTINA IN0520

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Calendar
Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 A.A. 2018/2019 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 SANTAGIUSTINA MARCO (Presidente)
CAPOBIANCO ANTONIO DANIELE (Membro Effettivo)
DE CEGLIA DOMENICO (Supplente)
GALTAROSSA ANDREA (Supplente)
PALMIERI LUCA (Supplente)
1 A.A. 2017/2018 01/10/2017 15/03/2019 SANTAGIUSTINA MARCO (Presidente)
GALTAROSSA ANDREA (Membro Effettivo)
CAPOBIANCO ANTONIO DANIELE (Supplente)
DE CEGLIA DOMENICO (Supplente)
PALMIERI LUCA (Supplente)

Syllabus
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.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide students with specific skills in the design, experimental realization and characterization of antennas 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 be able to understand the operation of an antenna system
- to be able to design, also assited by the computer, an antenna system starting from a set of assigned specifications.
Examination methods: The verification of the knowledge and skills learned is carried out with a test divided into two parts.
The first part consists of 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. The written test consists of 4 exercises, each with 3 or 4 questions with a generally numerical answer, concerning the wireless propagation, the antenna parameters, the design of a radio link.
The second part consists of an oral test in which the student presents through transparencies
a) a computer antenna project and a course topic
or alternatively to the student's choice
b) two topics of the course.
The oral test texts are assigned 7 days before the test itself.
The final grade will be the weighted average of the vote of the first and second rounds with weights 22/30 and 8/30.
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.
Course unit contents: Part I: Wireless propagation.
Maxwell and Helmholtz equations in homogeneous media. Sinusoidal Regime, complex vectors and polarization. Electromagnetic waves and transported power (Poynting vector). The electromagnetic potentials.
Uniform plane waves in homogeneous media (Poynting vector, wave impedance, phase velocity). The conditions of continuity between different media. Reflection and refraction of plane waves on dielectrics and conductors. Ray optics. Outline of radiation protection policies.
A brief introduction to numerical methods for the design of indoor and outdoor wireless coverage.

Part II: Antennas.
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).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The activities include 31 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. 5 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
  • Someda, Carlo G., Electromagnetic waves risorsa elettronica. Boca Raton: Fl., CRC/Taylor & Francis, 2006. Selected sections of Chapters 1-5 and 8 Cerca nel catalogo

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

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

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