Microwaves (EE 409)

2022 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Electronics Engineering(EE)
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
─░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.


  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.