Foundations of Antenna
Theory & Techniques

By Vincent F. Fusco
Pearson Education
March 2005
ISBN: 0130262676
246 Pages, Illustrated, 6 " x 9 "
$69.50 Paper Original

As a result of recent growth of the wireless market, research and development in antenna technology is growing at a fast pace. New emerging technologies include antennas for cellular mobile communications, vehicle mounted antennas and those for mobile satellite communications. This text is intended to introduce new engineers and undergraduates to the topic of antennas.

It will be a well-paced, low level introduction to the subject. This text does not require previous knowledge of electromagnetic theory. In addition, the step by step approach to maths is ideal for those who do not have a good mathematical background. It provides a good introduction to the subject without being overly detailed and includes some non-core subjects to give the student a good overview of techniques.

" Uses a series of simple explanations based on undergraduate physical concepts (such as the physics of motion, Coulombs, and Amperes Law) to construct a framework which leads to the development of the radiation characteristics of basic antenna types
" The author uses intermediary steps in the elaboration of key concepts to facilitate a better understanding of the physical principles associated with antennas - makes the text accessible to those who have not studied advanced vector calculus
" Details the operation of arrays of basic wire antennas in order to enhance their collective radiation characteristics
" Uses a logical development of the precise technical terminology used by antenna designers when specifying or quantifying antenna behaviour
" Includes coverage of issues such as impedance matching terminology and practice - only assumes a knowledge of 1st year undergraduate circuit theory
" The final chapter provides a brief introduction to the key antenna structures deployed widely in industry, as well as a summary of some modern antenna types which are currently occupying research literature - including Fractal antennas, the Planar Inverted F antenna and the Reflectarray

1. Radiation
2. The Hertzian Dipole
3. Hertzian Dipole Polar Pattern
4. The Hertzian Dipole Reconsidered
5. Maxwell's Equations
6. Plane Wave Propagation in Space
7. Power Flow
8. Power Radiated from an Isotropic Source
9. Antenna Power Gain and Directivity
10. Dipole Antenna of Finite Length
11. Current Distribution on a Finite Length Dipole
12. Radiation Resistance
13. Dipole Antenna Radiation Resistance
14. Short Dipole Antenna
15. Gain of a half-wave dipole relative to a Hertzian dipole and power transfer
16. Radiation patterns for two antennas
17. 1-D linear arrays
18. 2-D stacked arrays
19. Non uniform current excitation array
20. Induced-emf method and mutual coupling
21. Antenna input impedance
22. End fire array example with mutual coupling
23. Effective length of an antenna
24. Antenna aperture and the free space link equation
25. Dipole antennas in relation to a ground plane
26. Effective temperature of an antenna and noise effects
27. Polarisation for electromagnetic waves
28. Antenna scale models
29. Distance to antenna far field
30. Path clearance
31. Antenna characterisation techniques
32. Transmission line principles
33. Insertion loss
34. Lumped matching circuits
35. Reactive matching circuits
36. Balun matching
37. Power splitting - combining networks
38. Impedance matching and the Smith Chart
39. Small rectangular loop antenna
40. Slot antenna
41. Yagi antenna
42. Rectangular microstrip patch antennas

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