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.
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.
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.
by David M Pozar, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
John Wiley 1998
xvi + 716 pp
A splendid modern text, well written and accessible.
By Syed A Nasar.
Schaum's solved problems series
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.
by Samuel Y Liao
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.
by John D Kraus and Daniel A Fleisch
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.
by Samuel Y Liao
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.