ECE 520: Electromagnetic Waves and Radiating Systems

Spring 2020

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Teaching assistant


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Professor Zhen Peng

Office: 5058 ECE Building

Email: zvpeng@illinois.edu

Teaching assistant:

Yanan Liu

Office: 5038 ECE Building

Email: yliu258@illinois.edu

Lecture Schedule:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30 - 13:50

3015 ECE Building

Office hour

Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 pm

ECEB 3036


J. M. Jin, Theory and Computation of Electromagnetic Fields, Wiley-IEEE Press; 2nd edition, 2015.


1. C. A. Balanis, Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics, New York: Wiley, 1989.

2. R. F. Harrington, Time-Harmonic Electromagnetic Fields, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1961.

3. J. A. Kong, Electromagnetic Wave Theory (2nd Ed.), Cambridge, MA: EMW, 2000.

4. J. A. Stratton, Electromagnetic Theory, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1941.

Course Overview:

Field equations: definitions of field vectors: E, B, D and H. Lorentz force relation;

electrical and magnetic polarizations and constitutive parameters; electric and magnetic

currents and conductivity parameters; boundary conditions at the interface between two

media and across surface currents; poynting theorem in real and complex forms and

energy relations; complex permittivity and permeability

Electromagnetic principles and theorems: Uniqueness theorem, reciprocity theory,

image theory, equivalence principles, induction theorem, physical optics

Plane wave in homogeneous media: reduction to vector Helmholtz equation; separation

of variables; uniform and nonuniform plane waves; wave impedance; reflection and

refraction at oblique incidence; fields of infinite current sheets; polarization properties of

waves, scattering by cylinders and spheres

Fields in waveguides: dispersion; phase, group and energy velocities; attenuation;

resonant cavity; inhomogeneously filled waveguides; waveguide excitations

Antennas: dipoles; radiation patterns; approximate analysis of some antennas


Introductory knowledge of electromagnetic fields and waves at the level of ECE 450 and ECE452.



Jan 2020: ECE520

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign