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Advanced microwave filter synthesis techniques using coupling matrix approach


School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

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Dr Y Wang Applications accepted all year round Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

A PhD student is sought to undertake original research in microwave filter synthesis techniques using coupling matrix approach. Microwave filter design is generally a well-established engineering area. However, the advent of next generation wireless and satellite communications (such as 5G and advanced telecom satellites) augments the demands for more complex functionalities and more stringent design margins in microwave filters. For instance, these may be in terms of the increased number of filtering channels, higher rejection/isolation requirement, and complex impedance loading conditions. The design of these advanced filters has been made even more challenging by the constant demand for miniaturisation, cost reduction and ease of post-production tuning. This project will develop new filter synthesis techniques using the coupling matrix approach. This is a general approach irrespective of the type of resonators used in the filter and applicable to a wide range of filter topologies. The project will involve extensive theoretical analysis, algorithm development, and programming as well as filter design and prototyping.

The research programme will take place in Communications and Sensing group (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/eese/communications-sensing/communications-sensing.aspx), Department of Electronics, Electrical and Systems Engineering. The group is specialised in developing new device technologies using advanced microwave design methods, new materials and manufacturing techniques.

Applications are sought from highly motivated students graduating with first degree (2:1 or higher) in Electronic Engineering or Physics (and preferably a Master degree). Good analytical skills and a confident grasp of mathematical tools are essential.

Funding Notes

Funding is awarded on a competitive basis.
UK/EU nationals: The funding will cover tuition fees and stipends.
Non-EU Students: If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application to work on this project will be considered.


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