Best RF and Microwave Engineering Books

Artech House’ technical books collections provide essential information on a wide range of engineering areas with concentrated content applicable for students, researchers, and practicing engineers. Here are the best RF and Microwave Engineering titles according to our readers.

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1. Reflectionless Filters

Matthew A. Morgan
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9781630813277

This invaluable resource introduces progressive techniques for the creation of sophisticated reflectionless filter topologies that have identically zero reflection coefficient at all frequencies. Practical implementations are discussed along with their advantages when compared to classical absorptive filters and their benefits in real-world systems such as up/down converters, multiplier chains, broadband amplifiers, analog-to-digital converters, and time-domain applications. This book offers insight into the innovative process of developing reflectionless filters from first principles using both lumped elements and transmission lines. Tools for the creation of reflectionless multiplexers, matched sloped equalizers, and advanced, high-order, and nonplanar topologies are also presented.


2. High-Speed Circuit Board Signal Integrity, Second Edition

Stephen C. Thierauf
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781608079773

This thoroughly updated leading-edge circuit design resource offers the knowledge needed to quickly pinpoint transmission problems that can compromise the entire circuit design. This new edition demonstrates how to apply EM theory to solve signal integrity problems with a practical application-oriented approach. Discussing both design and debug issues at gigabit per second data rates, the book serves as a practical reference for projects involving high-speed serial signaling on printed wiring boards.

Step-by-step, this book goes from reviewing the essentials of linear circuit theory, to examining practical issues of pulse propagation along lossless and lossy transmission lines. It provides detailed guidelines for crosstalk, attenuation, power supply decoupling, and layer stackup tradeoffs (including pad/antipad tradeoffs). Other key topics include the construction of etched conductors, analysis of return paths and split planes, microstrip and stripline characteristics, and SMT capacitors. Filled with on-the-job-proven examples, this hands-on reference is the book that engineers can turn to time and again to design out and troubleshoot circuit signal loss and impedance problems.


3. Distributed Power Amplifiers for RF and Microwave Communications

Andrei Grebennikov, Narendra Kumar
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 372
ISBN: 9781608078318

This new resource presents readers with all relevant information and comprehensive design methodology of wideband amplifiers. This book specifically focuses on distributed amplifiers and their main components, and presents numerous RF and microwave applications including well-known historical and recent architectures, theoretical approaches, circuit simulation, and practical implementation techniques. A great resource for practicing designers and engineers, this book contains numerous well-known and novel practical circuits, architectures, and theoretical approaches with detailed description of their operational principles.


4. RF Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications, Second Edition

Steve C. Cripps
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 472
ISBN: 9781596930186

This extensively revised edition of the bestselling Artech House book, RF Power Amplifiers for Wireless Communications, offers you a comprehensive, practical, and up-to-date understanding of how to tackle a power amplifier design with confidence and quickly determine the cause of malfunctioning hardware. Among the numerous updates, the Second Edition includes five new chapters on class AB PAs at GHz frequencies; switching PA modes at GHz frequencies; signals, modulation systems, and PA nonlinearities; power amplifier bias circuit design; and load-pull techniques. Chapters on efficiency enhancement methods and Class F design have been substantially extended, and many more practical examples and design tools are included on the accompanying CD-ROM. Supported with nearly 200 illustrations, the book contains the most complete survey of RF PA efficiency enhancement and linearization techniques in a single volume. It helps you design suitable matching networks which provide correct fundamental harmonic terminations for conventional (AB, B) high efficiency PA modes, understand the Class D, E, and F modes and their feasibility at microwave frequencies, and use envelope simulation techniques to analyze the effects of distortion in overdriven PAs. You learn how to maintain high efficiency operation at low points in an amplitude modulated signal envelope, including detailed coverage of the Doherty, Chireix, and Kahn techniques. Moreover, this authoritative resource helps you understand the possibilities and limitations of linearization methods, and offers guidance in objectively analyzing PA stability and oscillation problems.


5. Introduction to RF and Microwave Passive Components

Krister Andreasson, Richard Wallace
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781630810085

This authoritative new resource provides an overview and introduction to working with RF, microwave, and high frequency components. From transmission lines, antennas, millimeter waves, ferrites, hybrids, power dividers and filters, this book focuses on practical, time-to-market issues to help with projects in the field. Keeping mathematics to a minimum, this comprehensive volume is packed with over 700 illustrations that help clarify key concepts. The reader will gain an in-depth understanding of the special characteristics exploited in microwave and high frequency design. The book is also used in industrial training courses. Course information is available at


6. Behavioral Modeling & Linearization of RF Power Amplifiers

John Wood
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 378
ISBN: 9781608071203

Wireless voice and data communications have made great improvements, with connectivity now virtually ubiquitous. Users are demanding essentially perfect transmission and reception of voice and data. The infrastructure that supports this wide connectivity and nearly error-free delivery of information is complex, costly, and continually being improved. This resource describes the mathematical methods and practical implementations of linearization techniques for RF power amplifiers for mobile communications. This includes a review of RF power amplifier design for high efficiency operation. Readers are also provided with mathematical approaches to modeling nonlinear dynamical systems, which can be applied in the context of modeling the PA for identification in a pre-distortion system. This book also describes typical approaches to linearization and digital pre-distortion that are used in practice.


7. Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Vacuum Electron Devices: Inductive Output Tubes, Klystrons, Traveling-Wave Tubes, Magnetrons, Crossed-Field Amplifiers, and Gyrotrons

A.S. Gilmour Jr.
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 950
ISBN: 9781630817282

Written by an internationally recognized as an expert on the subject of microwave (MW) tubes, this book presents and describes the many types of microwave tubes, and despite competition from solid-state devices (those using GaN, SiC, et cetera), which continue to be used widely and find new applications in defense, communications, medical, and industrial drying. Helix traveling wave tubes (TWTs), as well as coupled cavity TWTs are covered. Klystrons, and how they work, are described, along with the physics behind it and examples of devices and their uses. Vacuum electron devices are explained in detail and examines the harsh environment that must exist in tubes if they are to operate properly. The secondary emission process and its role in the operation of crossed-field devices is also discussed.

The design of collectors for linear-beam tubes, including power dissipation and power recovery, are explored. Discussions of important noise sources and techniques that can be used to minimize their effects are also included. Presented in full color, this book contains a balance of practical and theoretical material so that those new to microwave tubes as well as experienced microwave tube technicians, engineers, and managers can benefit from its use.


8. Understanding Quartz Crystals and Oscillators

Ramon M. Cerda
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781608071180

Quartz, unique in its chemical, electrical, mechanical, and thermal properties, is used as a frequency control element in applications where stability of frequency is an absolute necessity. Without crystal controlled transmission, radio and television would not be possible in their present form. The quartz crystals allow the individual channels in communication systems to be spaced closer together to make better use of one of most precious resources – wireless bandwidth. This book describes the characteristics of the art of crystal oscillator design, including how to specify and select crystal oscillators. While presenting various varieties of crystal oscillators, this resource also provides you with useful MathCad and Genesys simulations.


9. Frequency Measurement Technology

Ignacio Llamas-Garro, Marcos Tavares De Melo, Jung-Mu Kim
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 222
ISBN: 9781630811716

This unique first-of-its-kind resource provides practical coverage of the design and implementation of frequency measurement receivers, which aid in identifying unknown signals. The technologies used in frequency measurement interferometry-based on-delay lines and filters are explored in this book. Practitioners also find concrete examples of microwave photonics implementations. The designs and concepts that cover conventional photonic instantaneous frequency measurement (IFM) circuits are explained. This book provides details on new designs for microwave photonic circuits and reconfigurable frequency measurement (RFM) circuits using diodes and MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS).

This book explains the many diverse applications of frequency measurement that are used in defense, radar, and communications. The instrumentation used to perform frequency measurements is explained, including the use of block analysis for network and spectrum analyzers and calibration techniques. Readers learn the advantages of using frequency measurement based on microwave/RF techniques, including immunity to electromagnetic interference, low loss, compatibility with fiber signal distribution, and parallel processing signals. Moreover, readers gain insight into the future of frequency measurement receivers. The book examines both the underpinnings and the implementation of frequency measurement receivers using many diverse technological platforms.


10. Microwave and RF Semiconductor Control Device Modeling

Robert H. Caverly
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 290
ISBN: 9781630810214

This comprehensive new resource presents a detailed look at the modeling and simulation of microwave semiconductor control devices and circuits. Fundamental PIN, MOSFET, and MESFET nonlinear device modeling are discussed, including the analysis of transient and harmonic behavior. Considering various control circuit topologies, the book analyzes a wide range of models, from simple approximations, to sophisticated analytical approaches. Readers find clear examples that provide guidance in how to use specific modeling techniques for their challenging projects in the field. Numerous illustrations help practitioners better understand important device and circuit behavior, revealing the relationship between key parameters and results. This authoritative volume covers basic and complex mathematical models for the most common semiconductor control elements used in today’s microwave and RF circuits and systems.

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