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Master of Science


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Andrew J. Terzuoli, PhD


Antenna design is a pervasive, growing field for electrical engineers. As the number of new materials and techniques increase so too does the demand and requirements pushing forth new innovative ideas. Among these ideas is a leading edge analytic technique called Characteristic Modal Analysis (CMA) originally credited to Garbacz and Turpin. CMA works to break down the current distribution along a structure in a way that can offer great insights into how that structure operates as an antenna. This technique has great merits in post design analytics but it is rarely seen to be integrated into the design process. This thesis demonstrates three independent design methods for a single antenna problem which each utilize CMA in a unique way. The results are three different designs that meet the requirements proving the utility of CMA in the antenna design process.

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