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With this book engineers will understand the fundamental theoretical bases of modern microwave measurements. The narrative is firmly based on the principles of swept frequency techniques, though single frequency measurements, for instance of power, are also fully covered. By the use of flowgraph techniques and careful approximations, the author has given physical meaning to the mathematical arguments and has been careful to show the practical and theoretical limitations on measurement accuracy. The book covers a wide range of microwave measurements in the time and frequency domains, including reflectometry, the Smith chart, spectrum analysers, vector and scalar analysers, multiports, power, noise, frequency stability, time domain reflectometry, and a comprehensive account of antenna far and near field measurements. It is particularly recommended for young engineers requiring a good background in microwave measurement principles and will also be a useful reference for more experienced engineers.
Professor Geoff Bryant is Head of the Electrical and Communications Engineering Department at the University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea. His current research into the effects of rainfall on satellite to ground propagation depends on novel measurement techniques and has led to new results for tropical sites. Formerly, as a Senior Lecturer at the Open University, he maintained close links with the microwave industry as a consultant and tutor. This book is based on his experiences in developing a relevant postgraduate course for microwave engineers in the major UK microwave companies Prior to this he was leader of the Microwave Group at Plessey Radar Ltd., working on satellite ground systems and a number of antenna and microwave component designs, and has been involved in array antennas, devising test procedures for active arrays. Professor Bryant is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.
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