Microwaves (EE 409)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Electronics Engineering(EE)
─░brahim Tekin tekin@sabanciuniv.edu,
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Formal lecture,Laboratory
Interactive,Communicative,Project based learning
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Generation, transmission, control, and detection of electromagnetic waves. Antennas, cavities, couplers. Path loss, multipath, modulation techniques. Passive and active microwave devices, including filters, amplifiers, mixers, couplers, power dividers, and diplexers, that constitute wireless communication systems between the antenna and the digital signal processor.


1) To introduce fundamental concepts of microwaves and RF system design, which provide a foundation for further study in RF/Microwaves area.
2) To introduce RF/Microwave terminology and devices and elementary system components such as Microwave filters, RF amplifiers, Low Noise Amplifiers, Mixers as well as RF/Microwave receivers for wireless communications.
3) To introduce RF/Microwave systems using online projects.


  • Students will learn Basic Electromagnetic Theory, Wireless Communication transmission lines and Microwave network analysis, S-parameters , Smith Chart, Impedance matching and tuning
  • Students will distinguish and understand the role and function of RF/Microwave system blocks in modern day wireless communication applications. Noise and distortion in microwave systems: Noise Figure, Gain compression, Third order intercept point concepts, Filters: Low pass, band pass, high pass filter design using transmission line stubs. Students will learn Amplifiers: Power gains, stability, LNA design, Mixers: Diode, BJT and balanced mixers
  • Students will apply basic principles of microwave and RF to simple microwave systems; Students will learn Receiver Design: Minimum detectable signal, Sensitivity, Inter modulation distortion, Receiver architectures, super heterodyne receiver, direct conversion receiver.
  • Students will design and implement simple RF/Microwave circuits using printed circuit board technology; Students will work on hands-on RF projects and make RF measurements to get experienced with RF systems.
  • Students will use Microwave laboratory equipments, RF Network analyzer, RF signal generator, RF Spectrum analyzer correctly and safely, to make RF/Microwave measurements; Students will use electromagnetic simulation software for the solution of RF/Microwave systems.


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 3

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 3

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 3

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 3

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 4

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 4

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 4

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 4

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 5

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 3

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 3

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 4

1. Use mathematics (including derivative and integral calculations, probability and statistics, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics), basic sciences, computer and programming, and electronics engineering knowledge to (a) Design and analyze complex electronic circuits, instruments, software and electronics systems with hardware/software or (b) Design and analyze communication networks and systems, signal processing algorithms or software 5

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 1

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 1

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 1

1. Familiarity with concepts in statistics and optimization, knowledge in basic differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, complex variables, multi-variable calculus, as well as physics and computer science, and ability to use this knowledge in modeling, design and analysis of complex dynamical systems containing hardware and software components. 2

2. Ability to work in design, implementation and integration of engineering applications, such as electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, control and computer systems that contain software and hardware components, including sensors, actuators and controllers. 3


  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Midterm 25
Individual Project 35
Homework 10



Microwave and RF Design of Wireless Systems, D. M. Pozar, Wiley, 2001


Foundations of Microwave Engineering, R.E. Collin, McGraw Hill, 1966.
Microwave Engineering, D.M. Pozar, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons.