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Wave computations for microwave education

Wedge, Scott W. and Rutledge, David B. (1993) Wave computations for microwave education. IEEE Transactions on Education, 36 (1). pp. 127-131. ISSN 0018-9359.

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The analysis of even simple microwave circuits can involve complicated calculations. It is argued that students repeatedly forced through this exercise are left exhausted and never develop understanding and insight into the principles of high-frequency circuit design. The use of computer-aided design software eliminates the network analysis burden, but it is a precarious solution: students easily become dependent on software and never develop analytical skills. A simple wave computational approach to microwave network analysis is discussed. The method is derived from Mason's theory of signal flow graphs and is based on wave variables and scattering parameters. The approach is easily understood and applied as either an analytical tool, or within a microwave CAD analysis engine. PC software using this computational technique is described and its educational applications are discussed.

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Additional Information:© Copyright 1993 IEEE. Reprinted with permission. Manuscript received June 1992. The development of PUFF was sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Hughes Aircraft Company. The authors would like to thank Mark Vaughan and PUFF coauthor Prof. Richard Compton, both with Cornel1 University, for their contributions to the program.
Subject Keywords:Mason's theory; circuit analysis computing; engineering education; microwave circuits; scattering parameters; signal flow graphs; wave computations
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