Radio Frequency and Microwave Electronics Illustrated / Edition 1

Radio Frequency and Microwave Electronics Illustrated / Edition 1

by Matthew M. Radmanesh

Foreword by Dr. Asad Madni, C. Eng., Fellow IEEE, Fellow IEE

Learn the fundamentals of RF and microwave electronics visually, using many thoroughly tested, practical examples

RF and microwave technology are essential throughout industry and to a world of new applications-in wireless communications, in Direct Broadcast TV, in Global Positioning System (GPS),

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Foreword by Dr. Asad Madni, C. Eng., Fellow IEEE, Fellow IEE

Learn the fundamentals of RF and microwave electronics visually, using many thoroughly tested, practical examples

RF and microwave technology are essential throughout industry and to a world of new applications-in wireless communications, in Direct Broadcast TV, in Global Positioning System (GPS), in healthcare, medical and many other sciences. Whether you're seeking to strengthen your skills or enter the field for the first time, Radio Frequency and Microwave Electronics Illustrated is the fastest way to master every key measurement, electronic, and design principle you need to be effective. Dr. Matthew Radmanesh uses easy mathematics and a highly graphical approach with scores of examples to bring about a total comprehension of the subject. Along the way, he clearly introduces everything from wave propagation to impedance matching in transmission line circuits, microwave linear amplifiers to hard-core nonlinear active circuit design in Microwave Integrated Circuits (MICs). Coverage includes:

  • A scientific framework for learning RF and microwaves easily and effectively
  • Fundamental RF and microwave concepts and their applications
  • The characterization of two-port networks at RF and microwaves using S-parameters
  • Use of the Smith Chart to simplify analysis of complex design problems
  • Key design considerations for microwave amplifiers: stability, gain, and noise
  • Workable considerations in the design of practical active circuits: amplifiers, oscillators , frequency converters, control circuits
  • RF and Microwave Integrated Circuits (MICs)
  • Novel use of "live math" in circuit analysis and design

Dr. Radmanesh has drawn upon his many years of practical experience in the microwave industry and educational arena to introduce an exceptionally wide range of practical concepts and design methodology and techniques in the most comprehensible fashion. Applications include small-signal, narrow-band, low noise, broadband and multistage transistor amplifiers; large signal/high power amplifiers; microwave transistor oscillators, negative-resistance circuits, microwave mixers, rectifiers and detectors, switches, phase shifters and attenuators. The book is intended to provide a workable knowledge and intuitive understanding of RF and microwave electronic circuit design.

Radio Frequency and Microwave Electronics Illustrated includes a comprehensive glossary, plus appendices covering key symbols, physical constants, mathematical identities/formulas, classical laws of electricity and magnetism, Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) examples and more.

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Prentice Hall
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Prentice Hall Communications Engineering and Emerging Technologies Series from Ted Rappaport Series
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Meet the Author

MATTHEW M. RADMANESH received his MSEE and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. He has worked in RF and Microwave industry for Maury Microwave Corp., Boeing Aircraft Co., and Hughes Aircraft Co. He is currently a faculty member at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at California State University, Northridge, CA.

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter begins with an Introduction.)


1. Fundamental Concepts of Science and Engineering.

Knowledge and Science: Definitions. Structure of a Science. Considerations Built into a Science. Commonality and Interrelatedness of Considerations. The Role of Mathematics. Physical Sciences: Clarification and Definition. Summary and Conclusions.

2. Fundamental Concepts in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Energy. Matter. Additional Considerations Implicit in Physics. The Field of Electronics. Basic Electrical Quantities, definitions of. Principle of Conservation of Energy. Maxwell's Equations. System of Units.

3. Mathematical Foundation for Understanding Circuits.

Phasor Transform. Inverse Phasor Transform. Reasons for Using Phasors. Low-Frequency Electrical Energy Concepts. Basic Circuit Elements. Series and Parallel Configurations. Concept of Impedance Revisited. Low-Frequency Electrical Laws. Fundamental Circuit Theorems. Miller's Theorem. Power Calculations in Sinusoidal Steady State. The Decibel Unit (dB).

4. DC and Low-Frequency Circuits Concepts.

Diodes. Transistors. Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs). Field Effect Transistors (FETs). How to Do AC Small-Signal Analysis. Summary and Conclusions.


5. Introduction to Radio Frequency and Microwave Concepts and Applications.

Reasons for Using RF/Microwaves. RF/Microwave Applications. Radio Frequency (RF) Waves. RF and Microwave (MW) Circuit Design. The Unchanging Fundamental versus the Ever-Evolving Structure. General Active-Circuit Block Diagrams. Summary.

6. RF Electronics Concepts.

RF/Microwaves versus DC or Low AC Signals. EM Spectrum. Wavelength and Frequency. Introduction to Component Basics. Resonant Circuits. Analysis of a Simple Circuit in Phasor Domain. Impedance Transformers. RF Impedance Matching. Three-Element Matching.

7. Fundamental Concepts in Wave Propagation.

Qualities of Energy. Definition of a Wave. Mathematical Form of Propagating Waves. Properties of Waves. Transmission Media. Microstrip Line.

8. Circuit Representations of Two-Port RF/Microwave Networks.

Low-Frequency Parameters. High-Frequency Parameters. Formulation of the S-Parameters. Properties of S-Parameters. Shifting Reference Planes. Transmission Matrix. Generalized Scattering Parameters. Signal Flow Graphs. Summary.


9. The Smith Chart.

A Valuable Graphical Aid: The Smith Chart. Derivation of Smith Chart. Description of Two Types of Smith Charts. Smith Chart's Circular Scales. Smith Chart's Radial Scales. The Normalized Impedance-Admittance (ZY) Smith Chart.

10. Applications Of The Smith Chart.

Distributed Circuit Applications. Lumped Element Circuit Applications. Foster's Reactance Theorem.

11. Design of Matching Networks.

Definition of Impedance Matching. Selection of a Matching Network. The Goal of Impedance Matching. Design of Matching Circuits Using Lumped Elements. Matching Network Design Using Distributed Elements.


12. Stability Considerations in Active Networks.

Stability Circles. Graphical Solution of Stability Criteria. Analytical Solution of Stability Criteria. Potentially Unstable Case.

13. Gain Considerations in Amplifiers.

Power Gain Concepts. A Special Case: Unilateral Transistor. The Mismatch Factor. Input and Output VSWR. Maximum Gain Design. Unilateral Case (Maximum Gain). Constant Gain Circles (Unilateral Case). Unilateral Figure of Merit. Bilateral Case. Summary.

14. Noise Considerations in Active Networks.

Importance of Noise. Noise Definition. Sources of Noise. Thermal Noise Analysis. Noise Model of a Noisy Resistor. Equivalent Noise Temperature. Definitions of Noise Figure. Noise Figure of Cascaded Networks. Constant Noise Figure Circles.


15. RF/Microwave Amplifiers I: Small-Signal Design.

Types of Amplifiers. Small-Signal Amplifiers. Design of Different Types of Amplifiers. Multistage Small-Signal Amplifier Design.

16. RF/Microwave Amplifiers II: Large-Signal Design.

High-Power Amplifiers. Large-Signal Amplifier Design. Microwave Power Combining/Dividing Techniques. Signal Distortion Due to Intermodulation Products. Multistage Amplifiers: Large-Signal Design.

17. RF/Microwave Oscillator Design.

Oscillator versus Amplifier Design. Oscillation Conditions. Design of Transistor Oscillators. Generator-Tuning Networks.

18. RF/Microwave Frequency Conversion I: Rectifier and Detector Design.

Small-Signal Analysis of a Diode. Diode Applications in Detector Circuits. Detector Losses. Effect of Matching Network on the Voltage Sensitivity. Detector Design.

19. RF/Microwave Frequency Conversion II: Mixer Design.

Mixer Types. Conversion Loss for SSB Mixers. SSB versus DSB Mixers: Conversion Loss and Noise Figure. One-Diode (or Single-Ended) Mixers. Two-Diode Mixers. Four Diode Mixers. Eight-Diode Mixers. Mixer Summary.

20. RF/Microwave Control Circuit Design.

PN Junction Devices. Switch Configurations. Phase Shifters. Digital Phase Shifters. Semiconductor Phase Shifters. PIN Diode Attenuators.

21. RF/Microwave Integrated Circuit Design.

Microwave Integrated Circuits. MIC Materials. Types of MICs. Hybrid versus Monolithic MICs. Chip Mathematics.


Appendix A: List of Symbols & Abbreviations.

Appendix B: Physical Constants.

Appendix C: International System of Unite (SI).

Appendix D: Unit Prefixes.

Appendix E: Greek Alphabet.

Appendix F: Classical Laws of Electricity, Magnetism and Electromagnetics.

Appendix G: Materials Constants & Frequency Bands.

Appendix H: Conversion Among Two-Port Network Parameters.

Appendix I: Conversion Among the Y-Parameters of a Transistor (Three Configurations: Ce, Cb, and Cc).

Appendix J: Useful Mathematical Formulas.

Appendix K: DC Bias Networks for an FET.

Appendix L: Computer Aided Design (CAD) Examples.

Appendix M: Derivation of the Constant Gain and Noise Figure Circles.

Appendix N: About the Software.

Glossary of Technical Terms.


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