Basic Tools Of Microwave Engineering

By Prof. Amitabha Bhattacharya   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 174
The course will introduce three basic tools of a microwave engineer viz. smith chart, s-parameter and signal flow graph. The lectures would try to emphasize the need to understand the key concepts behind these tools for solving various analysis and design problems in microwave engineering. The concepts of microwave measurement both in the traditional microwave bench and network analyzer would be explained and some typical applications of the tools like impedance matching, network analyzer calibration, and directional coupler characterization would be demonstrated. The course would lay the foundation for further exploring the vast area of microwave engineering analysis and design.

UG Course
Core Course UG Course BE/ME/MS/PhD

PREREQUISITES: Basic Knowledge of Electromagnetic Theory, Transmission line, Electronic network theory

Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Core
Duration : 4 weeks
Start Date : 20 Feb 2023
End Date : 17 Mar 2023
Exam Date : 30 Apr 2023 IST
Enrollment Ends : 20 Feb 2023
Category :
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Credit Points : 1
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Challenges of microwave design and how Smith Chart can be used to find unknown impedance
Week 2:  Impedance matching network design
Week 3: Equivalent voltage and current concept at microwave frequency and s-parameters
Week 4:  Signal flow graph, problem solving with s-parameters and signal flow graphs

Instructor bio

Prof. Amitabha Bhattacharya

IIT Kharagpur
Amitabha Bhattacharya was born in Kolkata, West Bengal in the year 1964. He received his B.Tech, (E&ECE) Degree from IIT Kharagpur in 1986, M.E. (E&TCE) from Jadavpur University in 1994 and Ph.D. (E. & ECE) from IIT Kharagpur in 1998.  

He started his professional career in 1986 by joining as Junior Research Engineer in an ISRO- sponsored research project at IIT Kharagpur and continued thereafter as a Senior Research Assistant in a DRDO sponsored Research Project till 1991. In 1997, he joined SAMEER, Mumbai and then Defence Lab, Jodhpur as a Research Scientist. From 2000 onwards he joined teaching profession, first as an Assistant Professor in the Electronics and Instrument Department of Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad and then in 2007, in the faculty of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering Department of IIT Kharagpur in 2007. Presently he is working as an Associate Professor in the same Department and is involved in the teaching and research activities of the RF and Microwave Group of the E&ECE Department. 

Dr. Bhattacharya‘s research interest is in the areas of Microwave Imaging, Microwave Propagation, High Power Microwaves and Microwave Stealth Technology. He has published 97 international research publications, two technical reports for Indian Defense, written a Tata McGraw Hill published text book on “Digital Communication” and co-authored a book chapter on “Modal Analysis of Reflector backed Hybrid Printed dipole antenna”. He has also developed 3 NPTEL MOOC online courses on microwave technology. He has been principal Investigator of 19 research projects and consultancies sponsored by agencies like DRDO, ISRO, Indian Army, BARC, MHRD, Wipro etc.,  has conducted 18 short term courses specially training scientists from HAL, ISRO, DRDO, Indian tri-services etc. in the areas of Electromagnetic Environments and Microwave Technologies. Dr. Bhattacharya has supervised six Ph.D. thesis and thirty five postgraduate theses. Presently he is supervising nine research students. 

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 April 2023  Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 3 assignments out of the total 4 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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