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Barton, Taylor Wallis Assistant Professor and Lockheed Martin Faculty Fellow

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  • Dr. Barton’s RF Power and Analog Laboratory investigates engineering challenges related to RF and microwave active circuit design, specifically in RF front-ends for communications, imaging, and telemetry applications in both commercial and defense spaces. The growing importance of these areas is tied to rising costs of energy and an interest in global energy consumption reduction, underscoring the need for development of energy-efficient systems. A major driving application is next-generation 5G radio, which has motivated increased interest in MIMO systems that also translates to defense applications such as phased array systems. Dr. Barton's research has concentrated on three primary areas: (1) energy-efficient power amplifier (PA) design, (2) analog techniques for signal generation and linearization, and (3) integrated PA sensing and adaptation techniques. The combination of these technologies can result in efficient 'smart' transmitters able to adapt to environmental changes.

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  • Power Amplifiers, Radio Frequency (RF), Microwave Circuits, Transmitters, Reconfigurable Systems, Analog circuits

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Teaching

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  • ECEN 3250 - Microelectronics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Develops a basic understanding of active semiconductor devices. Focuses on building an understanding of BJT and CMOS devices in both digital and analog applications.
  • ECEN 3400 - Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Electromagnetic fields are covered at an introductory level, starting with electrostatics and continuing with DC current, magnetostatics, time-varying magnetic fields, waves on transmission lines, Maxwell's equations and the basics of plane waves. The use of fields in inductors, capacitors, resistors, transformers, and energy and power concepts are studied.
  • ECEN 4634 - Microwave and RF Laboratory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduce RF and microwave measurement methods. A laboratory course whose experiments build on material learned in ECEN 3410: electromagnetic waves, transmission lines, waveguides, time-domain reflection, frequency-domain measurement, microwave networks, impedance matching, antenna pattern measurement, radar and simple nonlinear concepts such as harmonics, square-law detection, mixing and transmitter/receiver applications. Same as ECEN 5634.
  • ECEN 5024 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Same as ECEN 4024.
  • ECEN 5634 - Microwave and RF Laboratory
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduce RF and microwave measurement methods. A laboratory course whose experiments build on material learned in ECEN 3410: electromagnetic waves, transmission lines, waveguides, time-domain reflection, frequency-domain measurement, microwave networks, impedance matching, antenna pattern measurement, radar and simple nonlinear concepts such as harmonics, square-law detection, mixing and transmitter/receiver applications. Same as ECEN 4634.
  • ECEN 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
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