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ISBN-13: 978-0471667827 ISBN-10: 047166782X Edition: 3rd

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The new edition of a classic resource for the study of antenna theory, updated with Multimedia Material

The discipline of antenna theory has experienced vast technological changes. In response, Constantine Balanis has updated his classic text, Antenna Theory, offering the most recent look at all the necessary topics. Like the previous editions, Antenna Theory, Third Edition is designed to meet the needs of electrical engineering and physics students at the senior undergraduate and beginning graduate levels, and those of practicing engineers as well. The text assumes that the readers have a knowledge of basic undergraduate electromagnetic theory, including Maxwell's equations and the wave equation, introductory physics, and differential and integral calculus.

The Third Edition offers new material that includes:

  • A chapter on smart antennas, which is presently a hot topic of current interest to antenna engineers in a number of application areas, especially wireless communication
  • A fractal antenna section, which introduces a new class of antennas that has received a lot of interest and attention after the second edition was published
  • New end-of-chapter tables that provide a summary of important equations in each of the respective chapters
  • Additional new figures, photos, and tables to better illustrate concepts
  • Additional end-of-the-chapter problems

An important new feature is the multimedia material on the accompanying CD, which presents:

  • PowerPoint view graphs of lecture notes
  • End-of-the-chapter interactive questions for revie
  • Animations and applets for most of the chapters based on Java
  • Second-edition FORTRAN computer programs translated to MATLAB®
  • Additional new computer programs based on MATLAB® with applications to topics in the various chapters

About the Author

CONSTANTINE A. BALANIS received his BSEE degree from Virginia Tech in1964, his MEE degree from the University of Virginia in 1966, his PhD in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University in 1969, and an honorary doctorate from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2004. From 1964 to 1970, he was with the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and from 1970 to 1983, he was with the Department of Electrical Engineering of West Virginia University. In 1983, he joined Arizona State University and is now Regents' Professor of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Balanis is a Life Fellow of the IEEE and the author of Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics, also published by Wiley.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1136 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 3 edition (April 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047166782X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471667827
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 19, 2005
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I have two standard textbooks on antennas, namely, Antenna Theory by Balanis and Antennas by Kraus (both third edition). Both are good books. But if I could keep only one book, I would definitely choose Balanis because, in my non-expert opinion, it is more coherent, more systematic, and has a stronger emphasis on principles. Balanis also comes with a helpful CD containing Powerpoint slides (tons of them), Matlab files, and a few other items. The paper quality is superb but the paper thickness makes for a tome that feels like a heavy college dictionary. The mathematics is not as scary as I originally thought, and should be okay for final year EE undergraduates. I recommend this book highly and unreservedly.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By it on December 8, 2005
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The author has done a good job of scouring the antenna literature and summarizing all of the equations in one place. The problem is the lack of any discussion about what the equations mean. I am reminded of the definition of a college education given by Prof. McWhorter of Stanford, "the process of the professors notes becoming the student's notes without having passed through the mind of either."

If you are an experienced antenna designer, this book will be of help. If you want to learn from scratch, try the 50 year old book by Kraus.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Arismendi on February 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent reference if you are looking for an extensive resourse of many kind of antennas and information about them. But if you are interested on study antennas in a rigorous way, please, don't waste your money. This book treat a large number of antenna parameters before talk anything about the radiation problem in a serious way. Many questions arise from reading the first two chapters without any knowledge of potentials problems and their solutions that leads to Green's functions. I preferred classic books like Weeks or Elliott books. In conclusion: Not so good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By x on April 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The pedagogy contained within this book is fairly lacking. For example, the book does not give a clear derivation of the free-space Green's function; it basically just gives a plausibility argument and tells you what it is. This, in a 1,000 page text book whose every subsequent topic depends on the Green's function. Another example: the book goes to lengths to establish the vector potentials, then promptly discards the process of currents -> potentials -> fields at the very first opportunity to make use of it (deriving the pattern of a half-wave dipole) in favor of a more ad-hoc method. The book is basically a large compendium of formulas that is not especially conducive to deeper understanding of antenna theory. You're on your own for that. So it will help if this is not your first exposure to the topic of electromagnetics and antennas. That having been said, it is a huge volume that gives a basic introduction to many kinds of radiators. Unfortunately, with such breadth the depth is limited, and you will likely need further resources to be able to design a non-trivial antenna using any one of the radiator types discussed. Another aspect of this book is that the problems are written very very poorly. They often give confusing, contradictory, or incomplete information and ask for non-sensical things to be calculated. I've found the CD-ROM useless. (CD-ROMs seem to primarily serve as justification for high textbook prices.) I suggest the antenna book by Stutzman and Thiele for significantly better pedagogy and heuristics. Even Balanis' other book "Advanced Engineering Electromagnetics" seems to be a better guide to understanding the physics of antennas than this book is (of course that book does not cover analysis techniques for any specific radiators).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Underhill on June 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Obviously from the other reviewers this book has collected a lot of very good antenna information. However, reading this book as a student new to the subject, I regularly found myself mislead or just simply lost. I know this can be a result of the subject matter (always a potential when diving into EM fields and their applications), but I believe it was more due to how the book is written and laid out.

I regularly found that the organization and connection/discussion of the information left much to be desired. The motivation for many of the issues is very unclear, usually non-existent.

Also, Balanis regularly changes nomenclature or coordinate systems (again, without motivation or warning. This leads the cut&paste feel and, as a student newer to this field, is very confusing). An example is the patch antenna development. For the rectangular patch, Balanis has x direction normal to the patch surface (very non-standard for the literature) but then he returns to the standard z direction normal to the patch for the circular patch.

In summary, Balanis is probably a good reference, but confusing for use as a text.

(Can any other reviewers recommend other good teaching books on antennas??)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Srikumar Sandeep on November 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The best book on Antenna theory. Covers pretty much all types of Antennas. Has a good list of reference for further exploration in each chapter. Indispensable if you are into Antennas!. You should have a copy of Balanis' other book "Advanced engineering electromagnetics".We covered pretty much the whole book in graduate antenna course here in UC,Boulder.
But beware, if you want to clearly understand the stuff in this book, you should have sound background in undergraduate EM, vector calculus and complex algebra. Otherwise do not complain, this is NOT A COOK BOOK FOR AN ANTENNA TECHNICIAN.Thats not the purpose of the book.
Other good Antenna book is Stutzman and thiele, but this books is way better. Also I suggest Antenna handbook by Volakis
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