Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Next meeting: Tue 9/13, at Lincoln Laboratory

Microwave Theory and Techniques, and Antenna and Propagation Societies

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Tuesday, 13 September

Combining Differential/Integral Methods and Time/Frequency Domain Analysis to Solve Complex Antenna Problems

Ian Wood, Application Engineer, CST of America, Inc.

The accurate and efficient electromagnetic simulation of antenna elements poses a substantial challenge due to the wide variation present in antenna topologies and operating specifications as well as the environments they are installed in for end use. This presentation provides an overview of several of the most robust numerical techniques currently employed by commercial simulation packages, including transient, finite element and integral equation based methods. The details of each algorithm are discussed, and their relative strengths and weaknesses are compared. Several antenna examples are presented to demonstrate where each solver technology is most applicable.
Ian Wood PhotoIan Wood graduated from the University of Victoria with a MASc in Electrical Engineering. His research involved developing a compact, planar imaging array for use in radio astronomy. He worked as a student researcher at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, assisting in the production of 84-116 GHz receiver cartridges for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array Telescope. He currently works for CST of America where he provides advanced antenna simulation solutions for customers in a variety of application fields.
Location: MIT Lincoln Laboratory Cafeteria (directions and parking information below)
Please join us at 5:30 PM for refreshments with our invited speaker, Ian Wood, with a talk to follow at 6:00 PM. After the meeting, all are welcome to go out for dinner at a to-be-determined location. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Directions and parking:

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is located at 244 Wood St., Lexington, MA 02420. The cafeteria is open to the public and visitor parking is available. The Laboratory is also accessible via MBTA Bus route 76.
(Thanks to the Boston Photonics Society for the following directions.)
From interstate I-95/Route 128:
From Exit 31B:
Take Exit 31B onto Routes 4/225 towards Bedford - Stay in right lane
Use Right Turning Lane (0.3 mile from exit) to access Hartwell Ave. at 1st Traffic Light.
Follow Hartwell Ave. to Wood St. (~1.3 miles).
Turn Left on to Wood Street and Drive for 0.3 of a mile.
Turn Right into MIT Lincoln Lab, at the Wood Street Gate.
From Exit 30B:
Take Exit 30B on to Route 2A - Stay in right lane.
Turn Right on to Mass. Ave (~ 0.4 miles - opposite Minuteman Tech.).
Follow Mass. Ave for ~ 0.4 miles.
Turn Left on to Wood Street and Drive for 1.0 mile.
Turn Left into MIT Lincoln Lab, at the Wood Street Gate.
To get to the Cafeteria, proceed toward the Main Entrance of Lincoln Laboratory. Before entering the building, proceed down the stairs located to the left of the Main Entrance. Turn right at the bottom of the stairs and enter the building through the Cafeteria entrance. The Cafeteria is located directly ahead.
For additional information, please contact Chris Galbraith (, IEEE MTT-S Boston Chapter co-chair.