Antennas and propagation

lelec2910  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Antennas and propagation
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Main themes
This course is a part of the "Telecommunications" orientation in the Master in Electrical Engineering. LELEC2910 is dedicated to the electromagnetic aspects of wireless communications, more specifically to the antenna technology and microwave propagation theory.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 With respect to the AA referring system defined for the Master in Electrical Engineering, the course contributes to the development, mastery and assessment of the following skills
  • AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3
  • AA2.1, AA2.2, AA2.4
  • AA3.1
  • AA4.1
  • AA5.5, AA5.6
  • AA6.1, AA6.3
At the end of the course, the student will be able to :
  • Explain the fundamental properties characterizing an emitting and receiving antenna and calculate its characteristic parameters
  • Calculate the radiated field and the radiation pattern of antennas, antenna arrays, linear and aperture antennas.
  • Describe and calculate the influence of the troposphere, the ionosphere  and the ground on the propagation of electromagnetic waves.
  • Write the radar equation and describe the radar.
  • Calculate a link budget, taking into account the various propagation effects and the signal-to-noise ratio, for a terrestrial and earth-space link.
  • Antenna theory
  • Modeling of antenna array
  • Radiation from linear distributions
  • Radiation from apertures
  • Propagation for terrestrial links
  • Earth-space propagation
  • Propagation through the troposphere and the ionosphere
  • Radar equation
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The course is organized in
  • 12 courses of 2h
  • 10 supervised exercises of 2h
  • A project for the development of an antenna or a propagation model (1 or 2 students).
  • A project dedicated to the evaluation of tropospheric degradations.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The students have a written examination, based on the objectives described above. It is a closed-book exam.
The evaluation of the projects is a report and a presentation, individual or for a group of 2 students.
  • Syllabus de cours disponibles sur Moodle
  • Transparents disponibles sur Moodle
  • Livres de référence disponibles à la BST
Faculty or entity
Force majeure
Evaluation methods
No modification except that the professors might organize an oral exam for students for whom they have doubts about the grade obtained for the written exam.

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Electrical Engineering