Course detail

EM Compatibility and Radiation Issues

FEKT-MPA-EMRAcad. year: 2022/2023

The course is oriented on practical knowledge. First basic concept of electromagnetic compatibility is introduced with respect to current standards. The standards requirements are explained and demonstrated on selected examples. Students will perform real system and subsystem measurements and will evaluation their compatibility with EMC standards. Ionizing radiation issues are discussed: types and areas of occurrence of different types of ionizing radiation are explained, including their effect on electronic components. Design principles for radiation intensive environments are introduced.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able to
- find appropriate EMC standards required for particular application
- perform system analysis and point out critical design aspects with respect to EMC
- design a system with respect to EMC requirements
- analyze and solve EMC problems in systems not meeting EMC standards
- discuss general effects of ionizing radiation on electronic systems
- analyze requirements on an electronic system with respect to desired mission profile
- propose suitable radiation shielding for electronic components


Students are expected to have knowledge of electromagnetic wave propagation both in free space and transmission lines and basic principles of quantum physics. They should be familiar with basic electronic components (resistor, capacitor, inductor, transformer, diode, bipolar and unipolar transistor), have knowledge of basic circuits utilizing these components (passive RLC tanks, rectifiers, transistor switches) and a basic knowledge of differentiation and integration.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.


ZHANG, H., ZHANG, Y., HUANG, C., YUAN, Y., CHENG, L.: Spacecraft Electromagnetic Compatibility Technologies. Springer Singapore 2020, ISBN: 978-981-15-4781-2. (EN)
NIKOLOPOULOS, C. D.: Electromagnetic Compatibility for Space Systems Design. IGI Global 2018, ISBN: 978-1522554158. (EN)
VELAZCO, R.: Radiation Effects on Integrated Circuits and Systems for Space Applications. Springer; 1st ed. 2019, ISBN: 978-3030046590. (EN)
KNOLL, G. Radiation Detection and Measurement. 4th Ed. Wiley, 2010. 864 p. ISBN: 978-0470131480. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures, computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students obtain points for the activity in computer labs during the semester. The final exam is composed of written, practical and oral part.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. EMC: definition, history and future. Sources and consequences.
2. Distortion coupling mechanism and its elimination.
3. Interference suppression, PSB design practice, EMI suppression filters.
4. EMI shielding: theory, implementation, limitations.
5. Interference measurement methods, analysis of measurement results.
6. Communication interface immunity testing.
7. Metastability, practical examples of EMC issue solutions.
8. Near-Earth and free-space ionizing radiation: types and sources, effect on electronic systems.
9. Semiconductor component radiation hardness: SEE, TID, MTBF.
10. Minimizing of SEE occurrence and its consequences: system design, shielding, TMR, ECC, FEC.
11. Radiation hardness testing: methods, analysis.
12. Software requirements for environments with ionizing radiation.
13. Ionizing radiation sources: regulations, operation, available sites.


Students will know how to design electronic system with respect to electromagnetic compatibility and ionizing radiation issues. Students will be familiar with design rules for systems operating in free space (Earth orbits, interplanetary space), their testing and evaluation according to valid standards.

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 MPA-SAP Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


eLearning: opened course