Essentials of Rf and Microwave Grounding (Artech House Microwave Library) Paperback – 31 Jan 2006
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About the Author
Eric Holzman is a consulting engineer in the Advanced RF Product Technology Department of Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. Previously, he was a senior engineer at YDI Wireless. Dr Holzman is a Senior Member of the IEEE, former reviewer for the Transactions on Antennas and Propagation journal, and past Chairman of the Philadelphia Chapter of the IEEE. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, all in electrical engineering.
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It was particularly good to see examples of the concepts demonstrated through actual commercial circuit implementations. There are some very appropriate examples relating to the grounding of amplifiers and filters.
The chapter on transmission line transitions was particularly interesting, I've not seen as wide a treatment of this topic in one place before. The chapter on antennas seemed out of place at first but was quite good.
The book won't necessarily answer all of your questions but it may help to provide you with the background and inspiration you need to figure it out for yourself.
The book essentially begins with Chapter 2, where the author attempts a nice parallelism between electrostatics and electromagnetics as a way to define the notion of "RF ground".
The core of the book comprises Chapters 3 and 4. The practical information given on proper grounding of TL's and how to make the transition between TL's is indispensable. Some nice references can be found there, too.
Chapters 5 and 6 are much more focused. Ch. 5 will benefit the amplifier designer, while Ch. 6 tries to convince the antenna designer that sometimes the ground plane is more important than the radiating element itself. Both chapters could have been much larger in extent, with many more practical examples. Unfortunately, the author and publisher decided to keep them at about 40 pages each. Nonetheless, their worth is inversely proportional to their extent.
To sum it all up, the book is worth every penny. It's a definite must for engineers who have delved into RF/MW theory but not so much into hardware and its intricacies.
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