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ATI's Antenna Fundamentals - One Day Overview course


    Technical Training Short On Site Course Quote

      This one day class is geared as an introduction into basic antenna and antenna array concepts. The material is basic and should be familiar to an engineer working on any system involving transmitted electromagnetic waves (e.g., radar, satellite communication, terrestrial communications, etc.)

      The course is roughly broken into four components: Basic antenna concepts, Basic antenna array concepts, and an overview of antenna simulation tools (software) and antenna measurements.



      Dr. Steven Weiss leads the antenna design efforts at the Army Research Lab in Adelphi, MD. He has a Bachelorís degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology with Masterís and Doctoral Degrees from The George Washington University. He has numerous publications in the IEEE on antenna theory. He teaches both introductory and advanced, graduate level courses at Johns Hopkins University on antenna systems and electromagnetic theory. He is active in the Antennas and Propagation Society of the IEEE, The Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society (ACES), and he presently serves as the chair of Commission A of the USNC/URSI Commission A. In his job at the Army Research Lab, he is actively involved with all stages of antenna development from initial design, to first prototype, to measurements. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in both Maryland and Delaware. in Steve Weiss's 1-day Antenna course:

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    What You Will Learn:

    At the conclusion of the course, the student should understand various antenna concepts and practical engineering tradeoffs and should be more familiar with the terminology used when discussing antenna systems.

    Course Outline:

    1. Basic antenna concepts
      • Definition of the antenna.
      • Definition of antenna directivity and distinction between gain and
      • directivity.
      • Discussion of beamwidth and sidelobes.
      • Various definitions of antenna bandwidth and system connectivity issues.
      • Discussion of polarization: linear, circular, elliptical.
      • Discussion of aperture size and its impact on beamwidth.
      • Overview of commercially available antennas: dipole, horn, spiral,
      • biconical, patch, and various other popular antennas.
      • The Friis transmission formula is introduced and a detailed example given.

    2. Basic antenna array concepts
      • Discussion of the array and the concepts of pattern multiplication.
      • Explanation of phasing an array to cause the beam to scan.
      • Impact of amplitude distributions on the shape of the beam and on sidelobe levels.
      • Concept of grating lobes and how to circumvent them.
      • Explanation of "beam squint" and the distinction between constant phase versus time delay phase shifters.
      • Discussion of mutual coupling and possible adverse effects (e.g., scan blindness)

    3. Software simulation concepts
      • Discussion and distinction between: Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD), the method of moments (MoM), and the Finite Element Method (FEM.)
      • Some commercial codes that use these techniques.

    4. Antenna measurements
      • Explanation of the importance of an anechoic chamber.
      • Measuring the E- and H- planes.
      • Gain and directivity measurements.
      • Polarization measurements.


    Tuition for this one-day course is $600 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or send an email to