ECE 6116 Antenna Theory and Design II | ECE | Virginia Tech


Course Information


Measurements. Antennas in Wireless Systems. Antenna Synthesis, Waveguide slot arrays. Microstrip antennas. Numberical techniques. Moment method analysis of wire antennas. Geometrical theory of diffraction, finite-difference time-domain techniques.

Why take this course?

The course sequence ECE 6115, 6116 provides intensive education in antenna design. Antennas are essential to communications and remote sensing. In particular, today‚??s explosion in wireless communications has increased the demand for radio frequency engineers who can design hardware in sophisticated applications. Antennas are an integral part of any wireless system.

Learning Objectives

  • identify all aperture antenna types
  • identify performance parameters and their quantification for antennas
  • design the following antennas: horns, reflectors, apertures
  • analyze different forms of reflector systems
  • use computer codes for reflector analysis
  • use different antenna numerical analysis principles to analyze antennas

Course Topics


Percentage of Course

Aperture Theory 15%
Equivalence principle
Physical optics approximation
The rectangular aperture
Gain calculations for aperture antennas
Rectangular Horn Antennas, Analytical and Computer Designs 10%
Reflector Antenna Fundamentals 20%
Circular apertures
Feeds for reflectors
Corrugated horn antennas
Shaped beam reflectors
Numerical Methods for Reflector Analysis 20%
General formulation of GO, PO, GTD, PTD and UTD methods
Gausian beams
Application to reflector systems
Low sidelobe and cross-polarization computations
Software for reflector analysis
Reflector Engineering 15%,
Reflector optic configurations, prime-symmetric, Gregorian, Cassegrain, prime-offset
Analysis of strut scattering
Aperture blockage
Reflector Systems 10%
G/T analysis
Measuring and commissioning reflector systems
Reflector Feed Array 10%
Focal plane arrays
Defocused arrays