EI3204 Antenna Theory, PhD Course I 8.0 credits

Antennteori, doktorandkurs I

The course is intended for PhD students whose research topic is within or related to electromagnetic field theory, microwave propagation, antennas, metamaterials and optics.
The course extends parts of EI2400 providing a more in depth-coverage of the topics as well as additional topics. Specifically, the theory will be more exhaustive than in the master course (EI2400), and advanced antennas will be studied and analyzed with emphasis in arrays, leaky wave radiation, periodic structures, metamaterials antennas, and complex lenses.
The course will also give a broad perspective of the field, identifying also the new topics of research and their importance.

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Information for research students about course offerings

The course is given when there is sufficient demand. Please contact the examiner if you are interested in taking the course.

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course, the student shall be able to
• Identify the key parameters in any commercial antenna; and to be able to explain the importance of each of these parameters.
• Determine the theoretical limitation of antennas, specifically the link between electromagnetic size, efficiency and bandwidth.
• Define the operation of advanced antennas such as leaky wave antennas, metamaterials antennas, phased arrays and lens based antennas.
• Have scientific discussions about antennas and to identify the strong points and limitations of advanced antennas.
• To identify which are the recent trends of research in the topic and the importance of this research.

Course main content

Antenna theory, physical optics, microwave devices, advanced antennas, metamaterials.


Lessons 30 h


The course requires basic knowledge of electromagnetism, and it is desirable to have a basic knowledge about radiofrequency technologies. Students who hold an MSc degree in Telecommunication Engineering, Electrical or Electronic Engineering or Physics could potentially have the bases for the development of this course.
Furthermore, basic knowledge of antennas and/or microwave devices is an asset. If the student has already passed the Master course EI2400 (or an equivalent “Antenna Course” in any other University institution), he/she should be in ideal conditions to follow the lectures.


• “Antenna Theory: Analysis and Design”, Constantine A. Balanis, Wiley, 3rd Edition.
• “Antenna Theory and Design”, W. L. Stutzman and G. A. Thiele, 3rd edition.
• “Foundations of Antennas A Unified Approach”, Per-Simon Kildal,
• “The Plane Wave Spectrum Representation of Electromagnetic Fields”, P.C. Clemmow, IEEE Press.
• “Geometry and Light: The Science of Invisibility”, Ulf Leonhardt, Thomas Philbin, Dover, 1st Edition.
Article and notes will be provided during the lessons.


  • EXA1 - Examination, 8.0, grading scale: P, F

In the beginning of the course, the student will choose a project which will be supervised by the coordinator of the subject. The coordinator will propose different projects, although the project could be also proposed by the student (however, the coordinator will have to express the consent about the project).
Alternatively, the student can choose not to carry out a project and to go for a final exam (written and oral), in which he/she will have to demonstrate

Requirements for final grade

Regular home-assignments, including exercises and development of own scripts of simulation.
Additionally, one of the two options will be chosen by the student:
1) Written and oral individual examination.
2) Creation of a written report and oral presentation of a proposed project.

Offered by

EECS/Electromagnetic Engineering


Oscar Quevedo-Teruel


Oscar Quevedo Teruel <oscarqt@kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2014.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.