Photonics Microwaves

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The aim of the course is two-fold:

  • to provide physical insight of photonic and microwave components;
  • to offer the theoretical and practical tools to design and measure basic antennas.

Those aims are achieved through a combination of lecturers, tutorials, and laboratory activities.

This course requires that the students have studied the compulsory courses in electromagnetics at UNIMORE, or equivalent courses at other universities.


  • Introduction: Electromagnetic Spectrum;Microwave applications; Wireless systems; Optical and Photonic Applications
  • Review antenna fundamentals: radiation pattern; drectivity and gain; radiation resistance; effective area; Friis transmission formula.
  • Microstrip antennas: Basic Characteristics; feeding methods;
  • RFID systems and antennas;
  • Aperture type antennas: radiation from planar aperture; Uniform and tapered aperture field; radiaton from slots.
  • Plane waves; Reflection from dielectric and conducting planes.
  • Cylindrical structures and their modes; Mode properties; Dispersion and attenuation.
  • Metallic Waveguides: Planar and rectangular Waveguides; Modes; Cut-off frequency; Phase and Group velocities.
  • Dielectric Waveguides: Slab; Optical Fiber; Radiating Modes; Propagation Loss.
  • Sources and Detectors.
  • LEDs and Lasers: stimulated emission, resonant cavity;
  • Photodiodes


F. S. Marzano, N. Pierdicca, "Fondamenti di Antenne", Carocci 2011 (1st ed.)

S. Selleri, L. Vincetti, A. Cucinotta, "Componenti Ottici e Fotonici", Esculapio 2012 (1st ed.)


Constantine A. Balanis, "Antenna Theory: Analysis and Design," John Wiley & Sons Inc., 1982 (1st ed.), 1997(2nd ed.)
G. Keiser, Optical Fiber Communications, Mc-Graw-Hill
J. A. Buck, Fundametal of Optical Fibers, Wiley

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