The course deals with the modeling and design principles of small
antennas for communications in mobile environments with emphasis on
wideband, multiband and multi-element antenna geometries. The course
includes the theoretical background, design principles, implementation
aspects and measurement methods.
The course will first cover the theoretical aspect of the analysis and design of patch and compact antennas.
In the second part, design algorithms and practical technologies and
applications will be discussed. The previous analytical methods will be
used to design compact antennas for particular applications:
- The basic and the most successful models will be presented and studied. The main numerical techniques will also be described.
- The fundamental radiation principles and limits will be presented
and discussed. As a special case the principles of the fractal
geometries and its application to the design of miniaturized devices
as: fractal shapes, fractal loading and self-complementary fractal
antennas, superconductive resonators and filters.
- The students will design antennas, with different software tools
and asses their directivity, efficiency, and diversity performance with
both experimental and computational methods.
- Some prototypes will be designed, implemented and measured,
to check the validity of the methodology. This will also allow us to go
into the particular problems linked to terminal antenna measurement.