Course detail

EM Compatibility and Radiation Issues

FEKT-MPA-EMRAcad. year: 2023/2024

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.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

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.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Students obtain points for the activity in computer labs during the semester. The final exam is composed of written, practical and oral part.
Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.


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.
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

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

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)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-SAP Master's, 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Electromagnetic compatibility - definition, origin and development. 2. Sources of interfering signals. Coupling mechanisms of transmission of interfering signals. 3. Suppression capacitors, chokes and filters. Surge protection elements. 4. Electromagnetic shielding and its characteristics. 5. Measurement of interfering signals. Measurement of interfering signals using antennas. 6. Electromagnetic immunity and its testing. Standardization in the field of EMC. 7. Introduction to ionizing radiation. 8. Photoelectric effect, Compton scattering. 9. Quantities and units and of nuclear physics. 10. Protection against ionizing radiation 11. Ionizing radiation detection 12. Cosmic radiation sources and properties 13. Radiation hardness of semiconductor materials

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Measurement of interference signals propagated by radiation 2. Effects of electrostatic discharge on instrument-type equipment 3. Measurement of disturbing signals propagating on power lines 4. The importance of interference caused by fast transients 5. Measurement of interference signals on different types of lines 6. Measuring the properties of suppression filters 7. Radiation hardness: component board assembly 8. Radiation hardness: component board initial measurement 9-10. Radiation hardness: component board irradiation at test facility 11-12. Radiation hardness: evaluation of radiation exposure