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Wireless and Guided Wave Electromagnetics

Fundamentals and Applications, 1st Edition

By Le Nguyen Binh

CRC Press

406 pages | 169 B/W Illus.

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Wireless communications allow high-speed mobile access to a global Internet based on ultra-wideband backbone intercontinental and terrestrial networks. Both of these environments support the carrying of information via electromagnetic waves that are wireless (in free air) or guided through optical fibers. Wireless and Guided Wave Electromagnetics: Fundamentals and Applications explores the fundamental aspects of electromagnetic waves in wireless media and wired guided media. This is an essential subject for engineers and physicists working with communication technologies, mobile networks, and optical communications.

This comprehensive book:

  • Builds from the basics to modern topics in electromagnetics for wireless and optical fiber communication
  • Examines wireless radiation and the guiding of optical waves, which are crucial for carrying high-speed information in long-reach optical networking scenarios
  • Explains the physical phenomena and practical aspects of guiding optical waves that may not require detailed electromagnetic solutions
  • Explores applications of electromagnetic waves in optical communication systems and networks based on frequency domain transfer functions in the linear regions, which simplifies the physical complexity of the waves but still allows them to be examined from a system engineering perspective
  • Uses MATLAB® and Simulink® models to simulate and illustrate the electromagnetic fields
  • Includes worked examples, laboratory exercises, and problem sets to test understanding

The book’s modular structure makes it suitable for a variety of courses, for self-study, or as a resource for research and development. Throughout, the author emphasizes issues commonly faced by engineers. Going a step beyond traditional electromagnetics textbooks, this book highlights specific uses of electromagnetic waves with a focus on the wireless and optical technologies that are increasingly important for high-speed transmission over very long distances.


"The teaching and learning of electromagnetics have in recent years been profoundly influenced by the availability of simple experimental apparatus and very accurate simulation software. This book gives a detailed overview of the main application areas of electromagnetics especially tailored for electrical engineering students. In particular, the book covers a wide range of topics in electromagnetics ranging from guided waves to radiated waves."

—Malin Premaratne, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia

"This book merges a systematic rigorous mathematical approach with a solid and clear physical view of the electromagnetic phenomena. The book is structured in a very student-oriented way: the chapters can be introduced in different order according to the needs of students and/or instructors. … an essential guide for engineers and/or practitioners."

—Prof. Ing. Antonio Orlandi, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione e di Economia, University of L’Aquila, Rome, Italy

Table of Contents

Electric and Magnetic Fields and Waves

Brief Overview

Wave Representation

Maxwell’s Equations

Maxwell Equations in Dielectric Media

Current Continuity

Lossless TEM Waves

Maxwell’s Equations in Time-Harmonic and Phasor Forms

Plane Waves


Electrical Transmission Lines

Model of Time-Harmonic Waves on Transmission Lines

Terminated Transmission Lines

Smith Chart

Impedance Matching


Concluding Remarks

Problems/Questions on Transmission Line–Transmission and Reflection

Problems on Transmission Lines 1

Problems on Transmission Lines 2

Problems on Transmission Lines 3 Using the Smith Chart




Radiating Fields

Antenna Figure of Merit


Concluding Remarks

Appendix: Metallic Waveguide



Planar Optical Waveguides


Formation of Planar Single-Mode Waveguide Problems

Approximate Analytical Methods of Solution

Design and Simulations of Planar Optical Waveguides: Experiments

Appendix: Exact Analysis of Clad Linear Optical Waveguides

Appendix: WKB Method, Turning Points, and Connection Formulae



Three-Dimensional Optical Waveguides


Marcatilli’s Method

Effective Index Method

Finite Difference Numerical Techniques for 3D Waveguides

Mode Modeling of Rib Waveguides



Optical Fibers: Single- and Few-Mode Structures and Guiding Properties

Optical Fibers: Circular Optical Waveguides

Special Fibers

Nonlinear Optical Effects

Optical Fiber Manufacturing and Cabling

Concluding Remarks


Appendix: Technical Specification of Corning Single-Mode Optical Fibers


Optical Fiber Operational Parameters

Introductory Remarks

Signal Attenuation in Optical Fibers

Signal Distortion in Optical Fibers

Advanced Optical Fibers: Dispersion-Shifted, -Flattened, and -Compensated Optical Fibers

Propagation of Optical Signals in Optical Fiber Transmission Line: Split-Step Fourier Method

Appendix: Program Listings for Design of Standard Single-Mode Fiber

Appendix: Program Listings of the Design of Non-Zero-Dispersion-Shifted Fiber



Guided Wave Optical Transmission Lines: Transfer Functions

Transfer Function of Single-Mode Fibers

Fiber Nonlinearity

Nonlinear Fiber Transfer Functions and Application in Compensations

Concluding Remarks

Appendix: Program Listings of Split-Step Fourier Method (SSFM) with Nonlinear SPM Effect and Raman Gain Distribution

Appendix: Program Listings of an Initialization File


Fourier Guided Wave Optics



Background: Fourier Transformation

Guided Wave Wavelet Transformer

Optical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing

Nyquist Orthogonal Channels for Tbps Optical Transmission Systems

Design of Optical Waveguides for Optical FFT and IFFT

Concluding Remarks

Appendix: AWG Specifications


Appendix: Vector Analysis


About the Author

Le Nguyen Binh is a technical director at the European Research Center of Huawei Technologies in Munich, Germany. He is the editor, author, or coauthor of eight books in optics and photonics, including:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications