Electromagnetic Field Theory
Catalog Data: 

Graduate Course Information


ECE 581A - Advanced Electromagnetic Theory

Credits: 3.00

UA Catalog Description:

Course Assessment:

Homework:  10 – 13 assignments

Project:  None

Exams:  2 Midterm Exams, 1 Final Exam

Grading Policy:

Typically: 50% Midterms,

               30% Final Exam,

               20% Homework.

Course Summary:

ECE 581a is structured to provide students with the fundamental concepts and analytical techniques associated with engineering electromagnetics (EM). The material is a complete exposure to Maxwell’s equations and their solutions for a variety of problems at an advanced graduate level.  This theoretical study provides the student with the basis to deal with a wide range of practical topics including microwave engineering, electronic packaging, millimeter wave engineering, optical engineering, antennas, sensors, remote sensing, electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatability.  Understanding the fundamentals of electromagnetics is intrinsic to understanding how to analyze and design various types of components, devices, and systems for all of these applications and more. 

Graduate Standing and ECE 381 or an equivalent course at another institution. Math 422.

Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics, by C. A. Balanis, (John-Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 1989). 

Course Topics: 

1.     Understand  Maxwell's equations and their relationship to circuit theory.

2.     Understand uniform plane wave propagation in the presence of dielectric interfaces.

3.     Be able to apply vector potentials in the solution of advanced EM problems.

4.     Understand the concept of far-zone radiation and be able to solve antenna, scattering, and diffraction problems.

5.     Be able to employ separation-of-variable techniques for the solution of advanced EM problems.

6.     Understand the concepts of guided waves and cavity resonators.

Be able to represent fields in terms of plane waves and understand the physics of plane-wave representations.

Prepared by: 
Steven L. Dvorak
Prepared Date: 
April 2013

University of Arizona College of Engineering