The Importance of Everything New in Radio Waves and Propagation Fundamentals with Artem Saakian

Radio Wave Propagation Fundamentals, Second Edition is the newest edition of the book written for senior undergraduate and entry level graduate students specializing in antennas, propagation and radio links design; it may be used by researchers, professional engineers and practitioners in those areas of theory, design and technology as a valuable source of reference. The book provides an overview of electromagnetic waves theory, basic properties and parameters of the antennas, as well as thorough discussions of the mechanisms of propagation of the RF electromagnetic waves in variety of real-word conditions, including Earth’s and atmosphere’s impact in presence of fluctuation processes such as signal fades and noises. In addition to the first edition, the second edition includes: (1) improved clarifications regarding the specifics of accounting for reflection from the Earth as applicable to vertically polarized antennas on fixed and mobile terrestrial radio links, (2) the mechanisms of forming of the ionospheric layers (Chapman model), (3) specifics of propagation of the radio waves of low and extra-low frequencies in the earth-ionosphere waveguide, (4) a more detailed analysis of the propagation in the magnetoactive plasma of the ionosphere, and some other materials.


The book is devoted to the theory of the propagation of radio waves from transmitting to receiving antenna, as well as the overview of the propagation mechanisms; the principles of calculating radio lines of various frequency ranges are demonstrated using real examples.
Special attention is paid to random fluctuations of the field level at the reception site, as well as the influence of external and internal noise, and their consideration in the analysis of the stability (percentage of availability) of the radio line.
Many examples are showcased to help the reader in end-chapter problems solution.

What are some problems your book can help technical professionals solve?

  • Analysis of propagation conditions on real propagation paths: analysis of the power budget of the VHF/UHF link to assure its stability (percentage of availability within observation time frame), including terrestrial, broadcast, mobile, and satellite RF links,
  • Use the text materials in support of engineering design of the cellular networks, including LTE 4G, 5G and upcoming higher generations,
  • HF propagation predictions for extremely long-range links design for commercial and military applications,
  • Use the text materials by radar engineers for further improvement of the radar systems performance in terms of range and target direction finding,
  • Provide a theoretical background for astrophysical, aeronomy and geophysical instrumentation design.

What are the important Features of your book and the Specific Benefits a buyer can expect to derive from those Features?

Feature: Provide a comprehensive lecture material for university professors in antennas, propagation, radars, communication systems courses.

Benefit: Reducing lecture/exams preparation time by providing reference materials.

Feature: Refined approaches in RF links design, including terrestrial fixed and mobile links, satellite communication links, troposcatter links, HF long range ionospheric links, etc.

Benefit: Makes the design process fast and easy, based on numerous calculation examples

Feature: A well-designed methodology of the analysis of RF propagation conditions and RF link engineering design.

Benefit: Support for the software companies in refined algorithms evaluation while designing commercial/military applications

Feature: Precise analysis of direct-to-reflected rays’ interference on the open antenna test ranges.

Benefit: Improving the accuracy and time consumption in measurements

Name the audiences at which this book is aimed. Why is the book is appropriate for this audience?

  • Senior level university undergraduate students of EE major will use this as a textbook.
  • Entry level university graduate students of EE major will use this as a textbook
  • Electrical/Electronics Engineers specializing in: (1) Antennas, (2) RF links design, (3) RF & communication systems design, (4) Microwave systems design, (5) Radar systems design, (6) Cellular systems design and coverage analysis will use this as a source of reference
  • Software designers, who specializes in SW applications for antennas and RF links modeling and analysis for support in SW algorithms design

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