This module can only be taken as part of the Expeditionary Warfare Systems Engineering and Technology MSc (USA).
To provide the students with an understanding of electromagnetic propagation, antennas and devices relevant to military sensor, communications and electronic warfare systems.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 04 - 08 May 2026
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationNSWC Crane, Indiana, USA

Course structure

Lectures, tutorials, computer based practical’s; video practical

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

- Describe and analyse the principles of operation and characteristics of antenna sensors and electromagnetic system components and recognise how they may be used in a modern military radar, communication or EW system
- Identify and assess the various models of propagation of electromagnetic waves in free space and transmission lines

Skills and Other Attributes

- Analyse and evaluate the performance of electronic warfare system components
- Assess the propagation of electromagnetic signals in physical environments
- Design antenna elements and develop radar phased arrays performance models

Core content

• Course introduction: course structure, aims and objectives
• Propagation: radio propagation: reflection, refraction, multipath, fading, attenuation, ionosphere propagation, troposcatter, anomalous propagation
• Antennas: fundamental antenna concepts and definitions; VSWR, radiation patterns, directivity, gain, polarisation, axial ratio, EIRP, effective aperture, noise temperature, etc. 
• Overview of antenna types for communications and radar applications including wire antennas, aperture antennas, reflector antennas, low profile and microstrip antennas
• Antenna arrays: introduction to phased array theory, types of antenna array,  feed network design, beam steering and radiation pattern shaping
• Electromagnetic devices: high power tubes including Magnetron, coaxial magnetron, Klystron, Extended Interaction Klystron andTWT
• Active solid state devices: rf diodes and transistors and their application in amplifiers and oscillators,ferrite non-reciprocal devices (circulators and isolators)
• PIN diode switches, modulators and phase shifters
• Guided waves: waveguides, coaxial lines, microstrip and other RF planar transmission line structures
• RF/Microwave power dividers and couplers





Dr Ivor Morrow

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