Book: Microwave Engineering by Kaul and Wolff

Wolff and Kaul, Microwave Engineering and Systems Applications

Emphasizing modern design techniques and practical applications, Microwave Engineering and Systems Applications provides a balanced introduction to microwave engineering, systems, and components.  It covers the topics needed by the advanced engineering student and practicing engineer in aerospace, electronics, and communications – applications and requirements, components, circuits, measurements, and subsystems. Here is some history of the book, cribbed from its preface.

This book had its beginnings when Richard A. Wainwright, Cir-Q-Tel President, asked Washington area microwave engineers to create a course to interest students in microwave engineering and prepare them for positions the industry was unable to fill. Five of these microwave engineers, H. Warren Cooper, Albert W. Friend, Robert V. Garver, Roger Kaul, and Edward A.Wolff, responded to the request. These engineers formed the Washington Microwave Education Committee, which designed and developed the microwave course. Financial support to defray course expenses was provided by Bruno Weinschel, President of Weinschel Engineering.  

The committee eventually decided that they needed to develop their own textbook to best fit the course.  The result is Microwave Engineering and Systems Applications, published in 1988 by John Wiley and Sons.  The chapters in Microwave Engineering and Systems Applications were contributed by an outstanding team of experts, each a specialist in his field.  Part I surveys basic microwave principles and outlines the parameters that must be met by the microwave engineer working on communications, radar, and electronic warfare applications.  Part II examines microwave transmission, control, detection, and generation design techniques and components.  Part III focuses on measurement techniques, particularly those used to verify component and subsystem performance.  Part IV develops procedures for integrating the components into receiver and transmitter subsystems.

Throughout the text, a strong systems framework guides the reader, defining system parameters that must be met by the engineer, explaining the impact of design parameters on the user, and developing subsystem and component performance requirements.  Computer-aided design techniques and design examples are integrated into the presentation.  This is also the first text to describe modern monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) design.  Practice problems are included at the end of each chapter to aid study and review.  While some lengthier derivations have been omitted, the mathematical rigor is sufficient for most applications, and references to in-depth theoretical derivations of design equations are given.

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We want to thank Roger Kaul and Edward Wolff for allowing their book to be fully accessible here. Here are some career highlights of the authors:

Edward A. Wolff, now retired, spent 47 years involved in microwave systems including requirements definition, technology development, system concept development, design review, performance verification and resource acquisition.  Dr. Wolff spent ten years as an engineer and manager at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and held engineering and executive positions with Geotronics, Inc.; Aiken Industries; Electromagnetic Research Corp.; Litton Industries; MRJ, Inc.; and the Department of Defense.  He is the author of the books Spacecraft Technology, Antenna Analysis, Geoscience Instrumentation, and Urban Alternatives.  He earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Maryland.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Washington Academy of Sciences. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Engineering, American Men and Women of Science, and others.

Roger Kaul is now retired after 32 years involvement with microwave systems and components.  His final position was a Supervisory Electronics Engineer at the U. S. Army Research Laboratory (previously Harry Diamond Laboratories) in Adelphi, Maryland, involved in microwave studies related to electromagnetic hardening of military systems.  Previously, Dr. Kaul was a Department Manager and Staff Scientist at Litton Systems Inc., Amecom Division, College Park, Maryland, where he was responsible for microwave component development, millimeter wave system design and electronic warfare receiver design.  He has held engineering and management positions at ORI, Inc., and United Technology Research Laboratories.  He is a member and was Chair of the IEEE MTT-S Systems Committee (MTT-16) for several years and is still involved with the MTT-S Graduate Fellowship for Medical Applications program.  Roger has been an Instructor in the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professional program since 1987.  He was a mountain climber and is still active with his amateur radio hobby as K3TM.  Dr. Kaul earned his PhD in electrical sciences and applied physics at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

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