Credits: 3


Prerequisite: ENEE381.
Restriction: Must be in one of the following programs (Engineering: Computer; Engineering: Electrical).
Credit only granted for: ENEE490 or ENEE498B.
Formerly: ENEE498B.

Semesters Offered

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022

Learning Objectives

  • Achieve understanding of how Maxwell’s equations, quantum mechanics, general relativity and statistical analysis are basic to understanding the operation of the physical layer in modern communication systems
  • Achieve ability to layout a cell-phone systems for an urban area
  • Achieve ability to analyze and design antennas and antenna arrays
  • Achieve working knowledge of electromagnetic wave propagation models including Friis free space model, the plane earth model and statistical models for propagation in urban areas
  • Achieve working knowledge of satellite orbit physics including effect of gravity on clocks in GPS satellites

Topics Covered

  • History of wireless communications
  • Modern wireless systems including multiple access techniques
  • Basic noise concepts, noise sources, noise in specific  systems
  • Radiation from a Hertzian dipole antenna and a half-wave dipole antenna
  • Antenna effective area and aperture antennas
  • Co-linear antenna arrays, array directivity
  • Microstrip patch antennas
  • Some elementary EM wave propagation models
  • Diffraction by multiple obstructions
  • Models of wave propagation in an urban environment
  • Shadowing and statistical design of a cell phone system
  • Multipath interference and fast fading
  • Wireless LANs
  • Tropospheric refraction and ionospheric reflection
  • SATCOM fundamentals
  • Signal attenuation by atmospheric gases and rain
  • Noise in SATCOM and design of GEO SATCOM system
  • MEO satellites and GPS systems
  • LEO SATCOM systems