Course detail

EM Waves and Lines

FEKT-HEVAAcad. year: 2020/2021

Mobile communication systems are based on the propagation of electromagnetic waves in the environment. Waves are transmitted and received by proper antennas. Antennas have to be completed by a suitable transmission line with high-frequency transmit circuitry and receive one. Wave propagation, antennas and transmission lines can be numerically modeled in computer programs. Lectures are aimed to present the described topics to the beginners in the field.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able (1) understand fundamental properties of electromagnetic field, (2) evaluate propagation of waves in free space and on transmission lines, (3) exploit basic methods for the analysis of antennas and transmission lines, (4) provide overview of properties of various types of transmission lines, (5) technically apply antennas and transmission lines.


Knowledge of bachelor mathematics (fundamentals of the differential calculus and integral calculus) and physics (fundamentals of electrostatics, stationary magnetic fields and dynamic electromagnetic fields) and lower intermediate English are required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

RAIDA, Z. Electromagnetic waves and Antennas. Brno University of Technology, 2020. (EN)
JORDAN, E. C., BALMAIN, K. G. Electromagnetic Waves and Radiating Systems. Prentice Hall 1968. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, computer exercises, individual project.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Computer exercises (15 points), individual project (10 points), final exam (75 points). The exam will be passed remotely.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Computation of Maxwell equations.
2. Propagation of electromagnetic plane wave in free space.
3. Propagation of TEM wave along the transmission line. Parameters of the transmission line.
4. Electromagnetic wave propagation in waveguide.
5. Elementary antennas (elementary dipole, elementary surface). Parameters of antennas.
6. Antenna arrays. Computing parameters of antenna arrays in MATLAB.


Lectures are focused on presenting basics of electromagnetic field theory and wave propagation to students, and on practicing practical approaches to computing parameters of antennas and transmission lines.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme AJEI-H Bachelor's

    branch H-AEI , 2. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


eLearning: opened course