2018 RF Measurement Engineering

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Graduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Ito Hiroyuki  Ishihara Noboru  Hasegawa Hiroshi  Sakuma Hiroshi  Takahashi Satoru  Asada Takahiro 
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Course description and aims

For measurement technology in the high-frequency (several GHz band), basic theory of RF technology is lectured and the advanced training on measurement using a spectrum analyzer and network analyzer are included. In addition, high-frequency circuit and electromagnetic field simulator of ADS (Advanced Design System) is introduced.
The lecture and experiments are offered in intensive course format. There may be a case in which participants number is limited by the circumstances of the training equipment.

Student learning outcomes

Understanding of the theory of high-frequency measurement technology for RF and microwave circuits.
Through training that utilizes state-of-the-art high-frequency measurement equipment, to understand the high-frequency measurement theory for RF and microwave circuits.


RF, radio frequnecy , spectrum analyzer, network analyzer,

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lecture in Japanese and experiments using state-of-arts RF measurement equipments such as network analyzer and spectrum analyzer

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview of RF technology Understanding of history of RF technology and its importance in internet era.
Class 2 Feature of microwave and transmission line Understanding of specific nature of RF and impedance of transminssion line.
Class 3 Reflection and transmission parameters, Smith chart Understanding of reflection and transmission parameter. Understanding of S-parameters and differential S-parameters
Class 4 Fundamentals of spectrum analyzer Understanding of the operating principle of spectrum analyzer Understanding of the concept of phase noise
Class 5 Spectrum analysis fo modulated signals Understanding of AM/FM /pulser modulations and their spectrum features. Understanding of digital modulation
Class 6 Fundamental of noise figure, and microwave connectors Understanding of the noise figure and the conceptual meaning of the equivalent input referred noise. Understanding the types and features of microwave coaxial connectors
Class 7 Fundamentals of network analyzer Understanding of the principles of the network analyzer Understanding of 1-port and two-port calibration, and the TRL calibration Understanding of the the error factors in the reflection / transmission measurement.
Class 8 Experiments using network analyzer (I) Understanding of SOLT calibration
Class 9 Experiments using network analyzer (II) Measurements of passive elments such as filter, duplexer, etc.
Class 10 RF circuit simulator Understanding of ADS (RF simulator)
Class 11 Experiments of design, fabrication and measurement of RF circuits (I) Design of the strip-line LPF using ADS, fabrication of the LPF, and characteristic evaluation using network analyzer
Class 12 Experiments of design, fabrication and measurement of RF circuits (II) Differential S parameter measurement using a network analyzer, and time domain measurement
Class 13 Experiments of spectrum analysis (I) Measurements of AM, FM, and pulse modulations, and estimation of modulation degree
Class 14 Experiments of spectrum analysis (II) Understanding of the digital modulation signal
Class 15 Experiments of spectrum analysis (II) Measurement of RF amplifier Understanding of intermodulation



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Presentation materials are distributed at the lecture.

Assessment criteria and methods

Scored based on attendance and report.

Related courses

  • EEE.C201 : Electric Circuits I
  • EEE.C201 : Electric Circuits I
  • EEE.C211 : Analog Electronic Circuits
  • EEE.C311 : Advanced Electronic Circuits

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Basic knowledge of electrical circuit theory and electronic circuit theory.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Hiroyuki Ito, ito[at]pi.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

9:00-17:00 Email contact is required.

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