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EI2400 Applied Antenna Theory 7.5 credits

In this course, you will learn how to analyse and design classic and advance antennas. 

First, we will review the theory of antennas. Then, you will learn how to evaluate these antennas, including commercial software, such as CST Microwave Studio, which is one of the most commonly used in industry. You will learn how to measure antennas in our hands-on labs. You will visit the facilities of SAAB and Ericsson in Stockholm, where you will understand how an antenna engineer works everyday. Finally, you will design an antenna in the final project. 

In the photo, there are some prototypes made by former students, for example, there is a reflector, a lens and an array antenna.  

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For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus EI2400 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course includes a review of the main parameters that describe antennas. It continues with the mathematical description and experimental demonstration of the operation of the most commercially employed antennas. The list of antennas studied in the course includes classical and modern antennas:

  • Dipole antennas.
  • Loop antennas.
  • Aperture antennas.
  • Horn antennas.
  • Arrays.
  • Reflector antennas.
  • Lens antennas.
  • Leaky wave antennas.
  • Frequency independent antennas.
  • Periodic structures.
  • Antennas based on gap waveguide technology.

This course includes a modern view of the physical operation of antennas. 

Intended learning outcomes

Applied Antenna Theory is a course where theory is implemented to practice. As a student, you will learn how to classify, design, build, and measure antennas.

Students should, at the end of the course, be able to:

  • Explain the operation of a given antenna based on its geometry; and describe its expected performance in terms of radiation pattern, efficiency, bandwidth, and polarization.
  • Define the required specifications of an antenna for a given application.
  • Judge, by using physical constraints, if an antenna can fulfil some given specifications.
  • Design an antenna for some given feasible and realistic specifications.
  • Simulate, evaluate the performance and design antennas using commercial software: CST Microwave Studio or HFSS.
  • Measure the performance of an antenna by using standard microwave equipment. The equipment includes a vector network analyser, a spectrum analyser, a near-field scanner, a signal generator and an anechoic chamber.
  • To find, understand and use relevant technical literature to solve antenna problems.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

150 university credits (hp) in engineering or natural sciences including 10 hp electromagnetic theory and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Recommended prerequisites

EI1210 Wave propagation and antennas


During the course, the students will be able to use commercial full wave simulation software.

Additionally, the students will have access to the measurement equipment, including vector network analysers, a spectrum analyser, a near-field scanner, a signal generator and an anechoic chamber.


Information about course literature is announced in the course PM.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB2 - Laboratory work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN2 - Oral exam, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The students will be evaluated with:

  • The attendance and participation in the labs.
  • The attendance and participation in the lectures.
  • Delivered reports of the results obtained in the labs.
  • Delivered reports of the homework specified during the lectures.
  • Final oral exam.

Other requirements for final grade

To achieve a grade, the student must fulfil ALL of the requirements for each ILO for that grade. 

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

No information inserted

Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

EI2405 Classical Electrodynamics 
EI2410 Field Theory for Guided Waves
EI2420 Electromagnetic Wave Propagation


Oscar Quevedo Teruel

Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: