Advanced Antennas

28-29 September


Please note that the IET has decided to discontinue the IET Endorsed Provider Scheme for all former participants. However, we will continue to offer Early Bird special discounts for IET members provided a current membership numbers is given at the time of booking. We expect this to continue for 2010-2011.


Course Overview

The seminar-course objective is a deeper understanding of the physics of Electromagnetics (EM) for Antennas and Propagation.  Several new practical discoveries will be presented that illuminate the past and look forward to the future.   ‘Seminar’ implies discussion, particularly of what is new.  The focus is on new concepts leading to better theory and understanding for new antenna designs.  The classical approach is revised wherever necessary. 

Who is the course for?


This seminar course is for the hands-on practitioner or the professional wishing to participate in the some of the very latest concepts and developments in Electromagnetics, Antennas and Propagation.  The course also points the way towards new research directions for the future.  It is a stand-alone course for all but the complete novice in the field.  It extends from the UoS Antennas and Propagation course. 


The expected level of mathematics is a basic knowledge of wave equations as solutions to the classical Maxwell’s equations.  These will be revised, simplified and extended as a part of the course,  Some knowledge of calculus will be found to be useful, namely differentiation and integration of independent variables.  Knowledge of transmission lines will also be found to be particularly useful.  But the emphasis is on the physics and simple models of the physics.  For the less mathematically inclined the physics concepts should suffice. 


What does the course involve?


Based on previous presentations to radio enthusiast audiences the course is aimed to be user friendly.  It will operate at two levels.  The physics concepts will be presented with simple (circuit) models, in a way that requires minimal mathematical knowledge.  And the supporting mathematics will be presented mainly as simple formulas.  The methods by which the supporting evidence has been collected will be presented.  No expensive equipment or facilities have been found to be necessary for this.  Some new but simple mathematical formulae have been derived from the new evidence so far collected. 


‘Heuristics’ is presented as the method of discovery.  Heuristics is ‘hindsight theory’ based on observations and measurements.  Over thirty new advances in Electromagnetics have been made in this way.  A relevant selection will be presented.  Several new measurement methods will be presented.  In general these utilise ‘heuristic simulation’.  Heuristic Simulation (HS) could become the preferred simulation and CAD method for Antennas and Propagation in the future. 


New features presented in the course are to include:




Course Syllabus


Please note that the University of Surrey reserves the right to update and alter these courses – please check our website for updates. 


The seminar-course consists of eight one and a half lectures and one laboratory session over two days.  Demonstration simulations and some of the more portable demonstrations will be included as part of the lectures.  


Day one:


Day two: 



The Lecturer


Professor Mike Underhill MA, PhD, FREng, FIET, FRSA joined the University in 1991 as Head of Department and subsequently became Head of the Applied Electronics Research Group and Dean of Engineering. Previously, he worked for Philips Research Laboratories then as Technical Director for MEL-Philips and for Thorn EMI Sensors as Engineering Director. He has been involved in Defence Electronics (mainly H F Radio) since 1961 and EW and Radar and IR since 1980. His current research interests include low phase noise in oscillators and frequency synthesis, low jitter clocks and clock recovery, HF transmitting loops and associated electromagnetic theory, millimetric and satellite borne HF radar and ionospheric sounding. He holds about 50 patents in these and related fields and has published about sixty papers. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering since 1993.

Provisional Timetable


Time Wednesday Thursday
09:00-10:30 Revision Mathematics Transmission Lines and  EM Models Small Antenna Physics and Propagation
  Professor Mike Underhill Professor Mike Underhill
10:30-11:00 COFFEE COFFEE
11:00-12:30 Heuristics and the Complete EM Wave Equations Optimal Antennas for Ionospheric  and Terrestrial Propagation

Professor Mike Underhill Professor Mike Underhill
12:30-13:30 LUNCH LUNCH
13:30-15:00 Evanescent Wave Layers and Equations Antenna Array Physics with Heuristics

Professor Mike Underhill Professor Mike Underhill
15:00-15:30 TEA TEA
15:30-17:00 Reception and Radiation Processes The Future of Electromagnetics
  Professor Mike Underhill FINSH
17:30-19:00 approx Laboratory Demonstrations  
  Professor Mike Underhill  


Updated 16 February 2010


Price per person, including lunch, refreshments and printed course notes

For IET Members (proof of membership needed)


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Terms and Conditions

  1. Delegates can make a provisional registration for a course by telephone or email. However bookings are only acknowledged formally once payment has been received.
  2. In the event of cancellation and provided that written notice is received seven days prior to the event, a refund of 50% of the total fee will be made. If no notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made.
  3. Substitutions, from the same company, may be made following consultation with the Continuing Education Manager.
  4. The University reserves the right to cancel any course on the grounds of insufficient numbers or for other reasons beyond our control. In this case the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged. 
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Updated 16 February 2010