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Graduate Course Information
ECE 581A - Advanced Electromagnetic Theory
UA Catalog Description: http://catalog.arizona.edu/allcats.html
Homework: 10 – 13 assignments
Exams: 2 Midterm Exams, 1 Final Exam
Typically: 50% Midterms,
30% Final Exam,
ECE 581a is structured to provide students with the fundamental concepts and analytical techniques associated with engineering electromagnetics (EM). The material is a complete exposure to Maxwell’s equations and their solutions for a variety of problems at an advanced graduate level. This theoretical study provides the student with the basis to deal with a wide range of practical topics including microwave engineering, electronic packaging, millimeter wave engineering, optical engineering, antennas, sensors, remote sensing, electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatability. Understanding the fundamentals of electromagnetics is intrinsic to understanding how to analyze and design various types of components, devices, and systems for all of these applications and more.
Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics, by C. A. Balanis, (John-Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 1989).
1. Understand Maxwell's equations and their relationship to circuit theory.
2. Understand uniform plane wave propagation in the presence of dielectric interfaces.
3. Be able to apply vector potentials in the solution of advanced EM problems.
4. Understand the concept of far-zone radiation and be able to solve antenna, scattering, and diffraction problems.
5. Be able to employ separation-of-variable techniques for the solution of advanced EM problems.
6. Understand the concepts of guided waves and cavity resonators.
Be able to represent fields in terms of plane waves and understand the physics of plane-wave representations.