This volume combines updated material from Volumes 1 and 2 of the first edition of "The Handbook Of Microwave And Optical Components", originally published in four volumes. It also includes several new chapters such as Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors, RF Components, Frequency Synthesizers, and Microwave MEMS and Micromachining. Since the first, four-volume edition of the Handbook was published in 1989 and 1990, there has been a rapid development in the microwave and optical areas. RF and microwave wireless personal communications has become one of the hottest growth areas. Optical devices have been used in a wide variety of applications from compact disk players to communications systems.
KAI CHANG is a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of Texas A&M University where he teaches and performs research in microwave devices and circuits. Previously he was a section head at TRW, Inc. where he was responsible for millimeter-wave integrated circuit component and subsystem development. Prior to this, Dr. Chang was a supervisor at Hughes Aircraft Company, where he was involved in the development of microwave circuits, millimeter-wave oscillators, and power combiners. Dr. Chang is the author of a number of book chapters and has published over 90 technical papers on microwave circuits, components, and subsystems. He earned his PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Michigan.