Electronics & Electromagnetics

Research activities cover the areas of antennas and propagation, numerical methods for solving complex electromagnetic field problems, microwave systems and devices, RADAR, electromagnetic compatibility and superconducting circuits.

This division’s research activities receive financial support from the NRF and several companies in the private sector. A specific, significant source of funding is the SKA SARCHI research chair.

More details on the main research focus areas within this division are listed below.

Computational Electromagnetics

HF Metrology and Electromagnetic Compatibility

High Frequency Antennas

Microwave Active Components and Systems

Microwave Passive Systems

SKA SARCHI Research Chair

Superconducting Devices and Sensors

High Frequency and Antenna laboratories

High Frequency and Antenna laboratories This is the university’s RF and antenna measurement laboratory. For more information about the services that are available, please contact Ms Anneke Bester at annekeb@sun.ac.za.


Superconductivity and Nano-Devices (SAND)

Superconductivity and Nano-Devices (SAND) Our research group is called SAND (Superconductivity, Advanced materials and NanoDevices), and we research Superconductive digital circuits (including software defined radio front-ends), superconductive IC parameter extraction (inductance), superconductive analogue sensors, SQUID magnetometry, cryocooled electronic interfaces, EDA software development and geomagnetism.

Prof MM (Matthys) BOTHA

Prof MM (Matthys) BOTHA

COMPUTATIONAL ELECTROMAGNETICS

Specific Research: Numerical techniques for EM analysis
Email: mmbotha@sun.ac.za
Website: /staff/mmbotha/

Prof DIL (Dirk) DE VILLIERS

Prof DIL (Dirk) DE VILLIERS

ANTENNAS AND MICROWAVES, SA SKA RESEARCH CHAIR: ENGINEERING ELECTROMAGNETICS

Specific Research: Design and modelling of antennas and microwave passive devices
Email: ddv@sun.ac.za
Website: /staff/ddv/

Prof CJ (Coenrad) FOURIE

Prof CJ (Coenrad) FOURIE

ELECTRONICS

Specific Research: Superconductor circuits; SQUID magnetometry; Geomagnetism and space weather monitoring; VLSI inductance extraction.
Email: coenrad@sun.ac.za
Website: http://staff.ee.sun.ac.za/cjfourie/

Dr J (Jacki) GILMORE

Dr J (Jacki) GILMORE

ANTENNAS

Specific Research: South African Square Kilometre Array; Antenna element and feed design; Electromagnetic modelling
Email: jackivdm@sun.ac.za

Mr L (Lanche) GROOTBOOM

Mr L (Lanche) GROOTBOOM

ANTENNAS AND ELECTROMAGNETICS

Specific Research: Integrated antenna design
Email: llgrootboom@sun.ac.za

Prof P (Petrie) MEYER

Prof P (Petrie) MEYER

MICROWAVE CIRCUITS, VICE-DEAN (RESEARCH)

Specific Research: Network synthesis; Microwave filters; Low-noise amplifiers; Numerical modelling.
Email: pmeyer@sun.ac.za

Prof WJ (Willem) PEROLD

Prof WJ (Willem) PEROLD

ELECTRONICS

Specific Research: Superconducting Josephson circuits; SQUID sensors; Nanotechnology sensing devices.
Email: wjperold@sun.ac.za