Radio Frequency Solid-State Amplifiers
Syllabus, Master's level, 1FA364
- Education cycle
- Second cycle
- Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
- Physics A1N, Technology A1N
- Grading system
- Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
- Finalised by
- The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 23 February 2021
- Responsible department
- Department of Physics and Astronomy
120 credits in science or engineering with Electromagnetism I and Analogue Electronics. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.
On completion of the course the student shall be able to:
- dimension matching networks using circuit models, S-parameters and the Smith chart
- identify and describe different types of amplifiers
- design and evaluate the layout of an RF amplifier and realise the Printed Circuit Board (PCB)
- realise the measurements of an RF amplifier
- explain different power combination concepts
- account for industrial applications of microwave power
Transmission line theory, Telegrapher's equation, reflection coefficient, Smith-chart, single stub and lumped matching. Two-port power gains, design for maximum gain, constant gain circles and design for specific gain. Introduction to load pull measurements. Classes of operation, harmonically terminated power amplifiers (PAs), Doherty power amplifier. PCB generation and fabrication. Measurement techniques at high power. Power combiners. Industrial application of microwave power.
Lectures, project work and laboratory excercises.
Written project report.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.