Both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching is conducted using AWRDE V11 Design. In addition to laboratory and class room use, the license server provides home access to registered students for completing their laboratory classes off working hours. Forty users can simultaneously access the software.
The laboratory is equipped with an Agilent 8719ES vector network analyser for measurements up to 13.5 GHz. Shown in the figure is the Agilent Network analyser interfaced to a PC for automated measurement. A test fixture and a 3.5mm calibration kit can also be seen in the picture.
The R.F./microwave measurements are also supplemented by two Anritsu Spectrum Analyzers. The picture above shows a R.F. synthesised source connected to a spectrum analyser in a CNR measurement experiment.
Microwave and R.F. circuits are fabricated in-house using the facilities of the PCB Fabrication laboratory of the department. The equipment in the PCB laboratory has been carefully selected to meet the high accuracies demanded by microwave applications. These include the LPKF-S63 PCB milling machine with a 100 micron accuracy and the Photoplotter with a 50 micron accuracy.
Shown below are a collection of circuits fabricated as part of the EE554 Microwave Techniques course. This is an undergraduate course of 3 credits with a 30 hour laboratory component. All the following circuits are designed for a center frequency of 5 GHz.