Booklist for Microwave Engineering 2005

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Current preferred recommendation

Microwave Engineering, with wireless applications.

By S R Pennock and P R Shepherd

Macmillan press 1998


This book is compact and well-written, and reflects the flavour of the courses taught at the University of Surrey for undergraduates and MSc students.

Previous recommendations

Foundations for Microwave Engineering. Second Edition 1992.

By Robert E. Collin

McGraw-Hill International Edition


This is a classic reference book. If you only buy one book, you might buy this one. It has chapters on EM theory, transmission lines and waveguides, waveguide circuit theory, matching and impedance transformation, passive devices, resonators, periodic structures and filters, tubes, solid state amplifiers, parametric amplifiers, and oscillators and mixers. 924 pages. Good value for money.

Microwave and RF design of wireless systems

by David M Pozar, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

John Wiley 2001


xii + 366 pp

As in the earlier book by David Pozar, below, this is succinct and splendidly well written. It used to be my preferred introductory book to modern wireless communications. It is nice to see such a wide-ranging book in a sensible total number of pages; maybe, at last, American authors are realising that students have limited time and energy at that stage of their lives, and also, that economy and efficiency in learning is indeed important.

Microwave Engineering, second edition

by David M Pozar, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

John Wiley 1998


xvi + 716 pp

A splendid modern text, well written and accessible.

2000 solved problems in Electromagnetics.

By Syed A Nasar.

Schaum's solved problems series

McGraw Hill


This book builds on Paul and Nasar's textbook, "Introduction to Electromagnetic fields" edition 2 McGraw-Hill 0-07-100233-2 1987; and it contains a collection of useful problems and solutions for our purposes, particularly in the areas of transmission lines and waveguides at microwave frequencies. The problems on pulses and edges on transmission line are particularly useful, as they have application to digital systems which are not usually thought of as "microwave".

Currently out of print March 1997 but this may change.

Microwave devices and circuits. Edition 3.

by Samuel Y Liao

Prentice Hall


This book is a reasonable overview of the subject, largely descriptive in tone but with some nice mathematical development here and there. It has good sections on stub tuner matching. It covers a large variety of active devices, semiconductors and vacuum tubes, and has a section on ferrites.

Electromagnetics, with applications Edition 5.

by John D Kraus and Daniel A Fleisch

McGraw-Hill 1999


This is a classic text. It covers the standard transmission line and microwave topics and also has a chapter on antennas at an introductory level. (There is a specialised book by J D Kraus, "Antennas" edition 2 1988) It comes with an instructor's solution manual which may be purchased as a guide to the excellent problems. For my taste, it is rather short on physical explanation, but the potted descriptions benefit by being short and easy to learn if you want to adopt this approach to the subject.

Sadly, J D Kraus died in 2004.

Microwave circuit analysis and amplifier design.

by Samuel Y Liao

Prentice Hall


This is another excellent book by Samuel Liao, with sections on amplifier stability.

If you want to read in more depth, there is an Extended Book List here.

D.Jefferies email
24th September 2004.