Radiofrequency System Design

Course Description

This course presents a selection of advanced topics related to modern microwave and wireless communications technologies: - Microwave oscillator design: frequency stability, phase noise origins, analysis, phase-noise measurement, and approaches to building low-phase-noise oscillators. - Microwave amplifiers for use with high bandwidth-efficiency modulations: analysis of non-linearity, digital pre-distortion (DPD), feed-forward (FF) amplifiers, achieving linearity. - High-power microwave amplifiers: power combining, synchronization, high-power RF system passive and active components (switches, limiters, junctions, directional couplers), and linear amplification with non-linear elements. - Microwave modulation and demodulation technology, homodyne and heterodyne detection, polyphase receivers, software-defined radio technology. - Antenna impedance and polarization matching, antenna aperture efficiency, phased array antennas and MIMO systems with emphasis on the RF front end. - Advanced topics in thermal design and management of microwave and RF amplifiers. *** The course includes lectures and individual consultation, and one practical project that may include one or more of design (simulations), building a circuit, and characterizing it - topic to be decided between the teacher and student on an individual basis.

Study Programmes

Postgraduate doctoral study programme


Steve C. Cripps (2002.), Advanced Techniques in RF Power Amplifier Design, Artech House, Norwood, MA 02062
Earl McCune (2010.), Practical Digital Wireless Signals, Cambridge University Press
Enrico Rubiola (2010.), Phase Noise and Frequency Stability in Oscillators, Cambridge University Press
Gernot Hueber, Robert B. Staszewski (2011.), Multi-Mode/Multi-Band RF Transceivers for Wireless Communications, John Wiley & Sons

For students


ID 155177
  Winter semester
L2 English Level
L1 e-Learning