Antennas And Wave Propagation
Periods/week : 3 Periods & 1 Tut /week. Ses. : 30 Exam : 70
Examination (Practical): 3hrs. Credits: 4
1. Radiation and Antennas
Antenna definition, Functions of antennas , Network theorems, Properties of antennas, Antenna parameters , Polarization, Basic antenna elements , Radiation mechanism, Radiation fields of alternating current element, Radiated power and radiation resistance of current element, Radiation, induction and electrostatic fields, Hertzian dipole, Different current distributions in linear antennas, Radiation from half-wave dipole, Radiation from quarter wave monopole , Radiation characteristics of dipoles.
2. Analysis of Linear Arrays
Directional characteristics of dipole antennas, Radiation pattern of alternating current element, Radiation pattern expressions of centre-fed vertical dipoles of finite length, Radiation patterns of centre-fed vertical dipoles, Radiation patterns of centre-fed horizontal dipoles, Radiation patterns of vertical dipoles, Two-element uniform array, Uniform linear arrays, Field strength of a uniform linear array, First sidelobe ratio (SLR), Broadside and End-fire arrays, Patterns of array of non-isotropic radiators, Multiplication of patterns, Generalized expression for principle of pattern multiplication, Radiation pattern characteristics, Binomial arrays, Effect of earth on vertical patterns, Effect of earth on radiation resistance, Methods of excitation, Impedance matching techniques, Transmission loss between transmitting and receiving antennas – FRIIS formula, Antenna temperature and signal-to-noise ratio.
3. Array Synthesis
Introduction, Synthesis methods, Fourier transform method, Linear array design by Woodward-lawson method, Dolph-chebychev method (Tschebyscheff distribution), Taylor method, Laplace transform method, Standard amplitude distributions.
4. HF, VHF and UHF Antennas
Introduction, Isotropic radiators, Directional antennas, Omni-directional antennas, Resonant antennas, Non-resonant antennas, LF antennas, Antennas for HF, VHF and UHF, Dipole arrays, Folded dipole, V-Antennas, Inverted V-antennas, Rhombic antenna, Yagi-Uda antenna, Log-periodic antennas, Loop antenna, Helical antenna, Whip antenna, Ferrite rod antenna, Turnstile antennas, Discone antennas, Notch antenna.
5. Microwave Antennas
Introduction, Rod reflector, Plane reflector, Corner reflector, Parabolic reflector, Types of parabolic reflectors, Feed systems for parabolic reflectors, Shaped beam antennas, Horn antennas, Corrugated horns, Slot antennas, Impedance of a few typical dipoles, Slots in the walls of rectangular waveguides, Babinet’s principle, Lens antennas, Microstrip antennas.
6. Antenna Measurements
Introduction, Drawbacks of measurements of antenna parameters, Methods to overcome drawbacks in measurements, Methods for accurate measurements, Measurement ranges, Indoor and outdoor ranges, Antenna impedance measurements, Measurement of radiation resistance, Gain measurements, Measurement of antenna bandwidth, Directivity measurement, Measurement of sidelobe ratio, Measurement of radiation efficiency, Measurement of antenna aperture efficiency, Measurement of polarization of antenna, Phase measurement.
7. Wave Propagation
Propagation characteristics of EM Waves, Factors involved in the propagation of radio waves, Ground wave propagation, Ground wave field strength by Maxwell’s equations, Reflection of radio waves by the surface of the earth, Roughness of earth, Reflection factors of earth, Wave tilt of the ground wave, Tropospheric wave propagation, Atmospheric effects in space wave propagation, Duct propagation, Radio horizon, Troposcatter, Fading of EM waves in Troposphere, Line of sight (LOS), Ionospheric propagation, Characteristics of ionosphere, Refractive index of ionosphere, Phase and group velocities, Mechanism of Ionospheric propagation, reflection and refraction, Characteristic parameters of Ionospheric propagation, Sky wave field strength, Fading and diversity techniques, Faraday’s rotation, Effect of earth’s magnetic field.
Text Book :
- Antennas and Wave Propagation, G.S.N. Raju, Pearson Education (Singapore) Pvt., Ltd., New Delhi, 2007.
- EM Waves and Radiation Systems, E. C. Jordan and K. G. Balmain, PHI – N. Delhi, 1997.
- Antennas, J.D. Kraus, McGraw Hill, NY.
- Antenna theory, C.A. Balanis, John Wiley & Sons, NY, 1982.