EI2400 Applied Antenna Theory 7.5 credits

Tillämpad antennteknik

Please note

The information on this page is based on a course syllabus that is not yet valid.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Electrical Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

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.

Course main content

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. 


The course includes:

  • 12 theory lectures of 2 hours each.
  • 4 computers lab sessions of 2 hours each. These labs are carried out in pairs.
  • 4 measurement lab sessions of 2 hours each. These labs are carried out in groups of 3-4 people each.
  • A number of visits industrial facilities. Typically a visit to SAAB facilities of 3 hours, and a visit to Ericsson of 2 hours.

Finally, the students have free access to the ETK lab for the elaboration of the final project which consists of a design of antenna, manufacturing, and experimental validation.  


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


Information about course literature is announced in the course PM.

Required equipment

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.


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

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.

Requirements for final grade

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

Offered by

EECS/Electrical Energy Engineering


Oscar Quevedo Teruel


Oscar Quevedo Teruel <oscarqt@kth.se>

Add-on studies

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


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2019.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2019.