Course syllabus

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EME102 Active microwave circuits lp3 VT20 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience

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Course purpose

The aim of this course is to learn how to design active microwave circuits; such as amplifiers, oscillators, multipliers, and mixers.

Schedule

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Course literature

David M Pozar, Microwave engineering, 4th edition, Wiley,
2011, (ISBN: 978-0-470-63155-3).

Lecture notes
Scientific and technical papers

Optional: Guillermo Gonzalez, Microwave Transistor Amplifiers: Analysis and Design 

E-books available from Chalmers’ library

Steve Cripps, RF Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications, Second Edition, 2006
(E-book ISBN 9781596930193)

Course design

The course treats analysis and design of microwave circuits, particularly amplifiers but also oscillators and nonlinear circuits like mixers and multipliers.

Topics: Two-port theory, impedance matching, stability, noise/gain optimisation, amplifier design, oscillation conditions, wideband amplifiers, the Bode-Fano criteria, high power amplifiers, microwave oscillators, mixers, multipliers, and nonlinear simulation techniques.

The course contains two lab exercises

  1. Design of a microwave-transistor amplifier using modern commercial soft-ware
  2. Assembly of the designed amplifier and measurement to verify the simulated performance

The course contains two home assignments

  1. Design of a noise optimized small-signal amplifier
  2. Exercise in large-signal modeling and nonlinear simulations, carried out in groups of 2

Organisation:

Lectures 32 hours (Dan Kuylenstierna, Vincent Desmaris)

Tutorials 28 hours (Martin Mattsson & Ibrahim Can Sezgin)

Laboratory work 8 hours (Ibrahim Can Sezgin & Martin Mattsson)

Home assignments X hours (Cristian Lopez)

 

Lecture

Topic

Literature

1

Course information, introduction, Transistors, transistor modeling  at a glance

11.2-11.4

2

Twoport parameters, Smith chart, Impedance matching

4.1-4.4, 4.5, 5

3

Small-signal amplifier design, unilateral, stability, Signal flow graphs

12.1-12.3

4

Small-signal amplifier design, bilateral design, constant-gain circles,

12.1-12.3

5

Noise in twoport networks

10.1-10.2, hand outs

6

Modeling of semiconductor devices

11.2-11.3, hand-outs

7

Low noise amplifier design

12.3, Hand outs

8

Power amplifiers

12.5, Cripps 2.1-2.4 & 3.1-3.4

9

Nonlinear simulation techniques

10.3-10.4,
Maas 1.1-1.3 & 3.1-3.3

10

Mixers and frequency multipliers

13.4-13.5
(Maas 6-7, 10-11)

11

Oscillators

13.1-13.3, Gonzales Oscillators 2.1-2.5

12

Study visit

 

13

Challenges in amplifier design: Bandwidth, Multiple-stage amplifiers,

12.4,
hand-outs

14

Resource time

 

 

Be aware that all deadlines for home assignments and lab-preparations are sharp. A late home-assignment is not rewarded any points. On-time lab preparatory exercise is a prerequisite for doing the lab.

Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:

  1. Analyse two-port networks with respect to gain, noise, stability and VSWR
  2. Apply two-port representations for embedding, de-embedding and interconnecting components
  3. Apply equivalent transistor models for representation of microwave transistors
  4. Design and characterise a RF/microwave amplifier circuit (gain, noise, power, bandwidth, VSWR)
  5. Design a RF/microwave oscillator for low phase noise
  6. Extract small-signal transistor model parameters from S parameter measurements
  7. Extract large-signal transistor-model parameters from transistor DC characteristics and bias dependent small-signal S parameters
  8. Design and analyse nonlinear circuits such as mixers and frequency multipliers

Link to the syllabus on Studieportalen.

Examination form

Successful completion of this course module is based on:

  • Passed written examination (open book)
  • Completion of two lab exercises
  • Home assignment (amplifier design)
  • Home assignment large-signal modeling and nonlinear simulations

Final grade is based on sum of results from home assignments (total 20p) and exam (total 60p): 3 (≥32p), 4(≥48p) and 5 (≥64p). The home assignments and the exam must both be passed individually, i.e., >4p on each home assignment and >24p on the exam

 

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