Electromagnetic Field Theory
Catalog Data: 

Graduate Course Information


ECE 581B - Advanced Electromagnetic Theory – Part 2

Credits: 3.00

UA Catalog Description:

Course Assessment:

Homework:  10 – 13 assignments

Project:  1 Project.

Exams:  1 Midterm Exam, 1 Final Exam

Grading Policy:

Typically: 25% Midterms,

                  35% Final Exam,

                  25% Project/Report,

                  15% Homework.

Course Summary:

ECE 581b is structured as a sequential, second course that follows ECE 581a.  In ECE 581a the fundamental concepts and analytical techniques associated with engineering electromagnetics were introduced. These concepts and the associated analytical tools were then used to investigate a variety of canonical problems in the rectangular coordinate system.  In ECE 581b, these concepts will be extended to the analysis of propagation, scattering, and diffraction problems in the cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems.   These problems include metallic and dielectric waveguides, closed and open guiding structures, plane wave scattering from cylinders, wedges, and spheres; line source scattering from cylinders and wedges; and dipole scattering from spheres.  Integral equation techniques and the method of moments will also be discussed.


As with ECE 581a, ECE 581b class material will emphasize understanding and analysis tools. The material is a complete exposure 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, millimeter wave engineering, optical engineering, antennas, sensors remote sensing, electromagnetic interference and electromagnetic compatibility.  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.

ECE 581A.

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

Course Topics: 

1.     Construction of solutions to the wave equation in cylindrical coordinates and radiation.

2.     Analysis of metallic circular waveguides, circular resonators, radial waveguides, and circular dielectric waveguides.    

3.     Investigation of plane wave sources, line sources in cylindrical coordinates, and scattering by plates

4.     Develop wave transformations and use them to analyze scattering from PEC and dielectric cylinders, and PEC wedges.

5.     Construction of solutions to the wave equation in spherical coordinates.

6.     Analysis of biconical transmission lines and spherical cavities.

7.     Investigation of plane wave sources and dipoles sources in spherical coordinates.

8.     Plane wave and dipole scattering from PEC and dielectric spheres.

9.     Electric and magnetic field integral equations.

Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

Lecture:  150 minutes/week

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

University of Arizona College of Engineering