CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Transmission lines; impedance transformation; transients on lines; electromagnetic waves; electromagnetic wave reflection and transmission; metallic, dielectric and optical waveguides and wave transmission; single and multimode fibers; antennas and diffraction, antenna arrays; communication, and radar.


1. Ulaby, et al, Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics , Prentice Hall, 6/e edition, 2010
2. Plonus, M. A. Applied Electromagnetics, McGraw-Hill, 1978 (as reference)


Martin Plonus, Professor, EECS
Office: Tech L310, hours W F 4-5 PM
Phone: (847) 491-3445; email:

COURSE GOALS: To provide the electrical engineering student with detailed information regarding key applications of electromagnetic fields and waves in modern communications technology, especially antennas, fiber optics and photonic devices.


ORGANIZATION: Three lectures per week  (MWF). Weekly homework assignment.


Week 1: Review of Maxwell's equations and plane wave propagation. Review of plane wave reflection and transmission at normal incidence

Week 2: Review of transmission lines, transients

Week 3: Plane wave reflection and transmission at oblique incidence.

Week 4: Geometric optics. Images formed by mirrors and lenses.

Week 5: Waveguides: Infinite parallel metal plate waveguide. Propagation and cutoff phenomena. Hollow rectangular metal waveguide.

Week 6: Waveguides, continued: Hollow circular cylindrical metal waveguide. Dielectric waveguides including sheets and rods. Fiber optics.

Week 7: Radiation and antennas: The short dipole. Antenna radiation characteristics. Half-wave dipole antenna.

Week 8: Radiation and antennas, continued: Aperture antennas. Antenna arrays.

Week 9: Contemporary applications of antennas: Friis transmission formula. Satellite communication systems. Global positioning system. Cellular telephone systems. Radar and radar cross section.

Week 10: Contemporary photonic devices, including micron-scale waveguides, couplers, resonators, photonic bandgap structures, and lasers.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: When a student completes this course, s/he should understand:

1) Key aspects of the behavior and design of antennas for wireless communications systems, including satellite direct-broadcast and terrestrial cellular / personal communications systems.

2) Propagation and cutoff behavior of electromagnetic wave modes in metal waveguides comprised of parallel plates, rectangular pipes, and circular pipes.

3) Waveguiding phenomena for light in optical fibers.

4) Electromagnetic phenomena associated with contemporary photonic devices, including micron-scale waveguides, couplers, resonators, photonic bandgap structures, and lasers.

ABET CONTENT CATEGORY: 100% Engineering (Design component).