Marian Kazimierczuk (Advisor), Michael Saville (Committee Member), Yan Zhuang (Committee Member)
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE)
This thesis presents a high-efficiency Class-F power amplifier (PA) operating from 30-88 MHz through the use of an electronically tunable resonant network. While conventional Class-F designs are limited to operation over less than an octave, the proposed design utilizes reconfigurable reactive elements in order to cover the entire VHF-FM frequency range. A real circuit implementation using GaN HEMT is designed and simulated, with the notable design considerations examined in detail. A minimum power added efficiency (PAE) of 71.7% is achieved across the band, at output powers = 49.2 dBm. This combination of high output power and high-efficiency operation across a wide frequency range creates opportunities for the design's use in various commercial and defense applications where power consumption is a major design factor, most notably Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems.
Department or Program
Department of Electrical Engineering
Year Degree Awarded
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