Microwave Engineering

Building efficient remote sensing systems using micro- and millimeterwaves requires in-depth knowledge of microwave engineering and electromagnetics. Signals must be generated, routed, amplified and filtered prior to transmission and after reception. Typical transmit powers are on the order of Watts or kiloWatts, while received power is ten orders of magnitude (0.000000001%) smaller than that. State of the art construction and technology is always a part of every system constructed within MIRSL in order to make best use out of the time and effort that it takes to assemble and deploy each of our systems. Having an end-to-end knowledge of the inner workings of a system, and its relationship to the scientific end products of wind speed or sea-surface topography is an important part of all of our student's educations.