Dr Frederick Huang

Lecturer

Dr Fred Huang

Contact details

Telephone (+44) (0) 121 414 4299

Fax (+44) (0) 121 414 4291

Email f.huang@bham.ac.uk

School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Dr Huang is a member of the EDT group, with research interests in microwave filters including high-temperature superconducting filters and suppression of filter harmonics.  He has 90 research publications in surface acoustic waves, signal processing, and microwaves.  He was co-investigator in a multi-million pound EPSRC portfolio award (HTS :  Fundamental Science to Applications) together with other EPSRC and EU awards.

He is also year tutor for the Electrical Engineering Foundation year, and lectures in electric field theory and analogue signal processing.    

Qualifications

  • CEng 1989
  • DPhil 1984
  • BA 1980

Biography

Frederick Huang received a B.A. and D. Phil in Engineering Science from the University of Oxford in 1980 and 1984 respectively.  He has worked in at Racal Research Ltd. and at Thorn-EMI Central Research Laboratories.  Since 1989 he has been a lecturer with the University of Birmingham.

Previous research interests are surface acoustic wave (SAW) dot array pulse compressors, analogue voice scramblers, Langmuir-Blodgett films in SAW devices, SAW and superconducting linear phase and chirp filter synthesis using inverse scattering, slow-wave structures, superconducting quasi-lumped element filters, switched filters and delay lines, together with microstrip and waveguide discontinuities. A recent major research area is spiral band-pass filters, mainly superconducting filters.  This has lead to collaboration with the Jodrell Bank radio telescope and the Sardinia radio telescope, which benefit from increased telescope performance using superconducting filters. The most recent research area is in the suppression of harmonic responses in microwave filters. 

Dr Huang’s research over the years has led to three patents and patent applications. He is a member of the IET (UK).  He is reviewer for various academic journals.

Teaching

  • Analogue signal analysis and signal processing (3rd yr) 
  • Foundation Electrical and Electronic Engineering 

Postgraduate supervision

In addition to the research described in the biography, Dr. Huang also supervises PhD students in

  • Antennas and
  • Waveguide components

Research

Research Highlights:

A recent major research area is spiral band-pass filters, mainly superconducting. These are not simply old designs from existing copper filters transferred to a new medium, but new architectures specially created to take advantage of the low superconductor losses, creating very compact and low-loss designs. Some of these designs were used by in the Jodrell Bank radio astronomy receivers, including one specially designed in the attempt to receive signals from the Beagle II Mars probe. Work for the Sardinia radio telescope continues. 

 The most recent research area is in the suppression of harmonic responses in microwave filters. This was originally for the radio telescope receivers but has been extended to copper filters for a wider range of applications.

Publications

  1. F. Huang and E.G.S. Paige, “Reflection of surface acoustic waves by thin metal dots” (Invited paper),
    1982 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposiuum Proceedings, pp72-82.
  2. F. Huang,  “Medium-loss SAW filters with synthesised characteristics”,
    IEEE Trans. on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Freq. Control, vol. 37, no. 5, pp411-7, Sep 90.
  3. F. Huang, H.C.H. Cheung, M.J. Lancaster, R.G. Humphreys, N.G. Chew and S.W. Goodyear,  “A superconducting microwave linear phase delay line filter”,
    IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, vol. 3, no. 1, pp2778-81, Mar 93, (also presented at the 1992 Applied Superconductivity Conference, Chicago)
  4. F. Huang and E.G.S. Paige, “The design of SAW RACs using arrays of thin metal dots”,
    IEEE Trans. on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Freq. Control, vol. 41, no. 2, pp236-244, Mar 94.
  5. F. Huang, “Frequency-dependent loss in quasi-transversal filters”,
    IEE Proc. Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation, vol. 141, no. 5, pp402-6, Oct 94.
  6. F. Huang, “A novel slow-wave structure for narrowband quasi-transversal filters”,
    IEE Proc. Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation, vol. 142, No.5, Oct 95, pp389-93.
  7. M.J. Lancaster, F. Huang, A. Porch, B. Avenhaus, J.S. Hong, and D. Hung,  “Miniature Superconducting Filters”,
    IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory and Techniques. Vol. 44, No. 7, pp1339-46, Jul 96.
  8. F. Huang, “Thin-Film HTS Delay-Line Filters”, (invited review paper),
    Cryogenics, Vol. 37, no.10, pp 671-9, Oct 97,
  9. H.T. Su, M.J. Lancaster, F. Huang, “Electrically tunable superconducting lumped element resonator using thin film ferroelectrics”,
    Institute of Physics Superconductivity Group Annual Conference, Mar 99.
  10. H.T. Su, F. Huang, and M.J. Lancaster, “Highly Miniature HTS Microwave Filters”,
    IEEE Trans. Appl. Superconductivity, Vol 11, No. 1, Mar 2001, pp349-52.
  11. F. Huang, “Ultra-compact Superconducting Narrowband Filters Using Single and Twin-spiral Resonators”,
    IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory and Techniques. Vol. 51, No. 2, pp 487-91, Feb 03.
  12. Jiafeng Zhou, Michael J Lancaster and Frederick Huang, “Coplanar quarter-wavelength quasi-elliptic filters without bond-wire bridges”,
    I IEEE Trans. Microwave Theory and Techniques, Vol. 52, No. 4, pp1150-1156, Apr 2004.
  13. Hieng Tiong Su, Yi Wang, Frederick Huang and Michael Lancaster,  “Characterizing a double-spiralled meander superconducting microstrip delay line using a resonator technique”,  in 2004 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium Digest pp. 135-138.
  14. Hieng Tiong Su, Yi Wang, Frederick Huang, and M J Lancaster, "Wideband Superconducting Microstrip Delay line,"
    IEEE Trans. on Microwave Theory and Technique, vol. 52, no. 11, pp. 2482-2487, Nov. 2004.
  15. Guoyong Zhang, Michael J Lancaster and Frederick Huang,  “ Superconducting Spiral Filters with Quasi-elliptic Characteristic for Radio Astronomy”,
    IEEE Trans. on Microwave Theory and Techniques. vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 947 – 951, March 2005.
  16. Yi Wang, Hieng Tiong Su, Frederick Huang and Michael J. Lancaster “Wideband superconducting coplanar delay lines”,
    IEEE Trans. On Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 53, no. 7, pp. 2348-54, July 2005.
  17. Frederick Huang, “Superconducting Spiral Wide Band-pass Filters with Wide Upper Stop-band”,
    IEEE Trans. On Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 53, no. 7, pp. 2335-9, July 2005.
  18. Guoyong Zhang, Michael J Lancaster, and Frederick Huang,  “A High Temperature Superconducting Bandpass Filter with Microstrip Quarter-Wavelength Spiral Resonators”,
    IEEE Trans. On Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 559-563, Feb 2006. ]
  19. Frederick Huang, “Quasi-Dual Mode Microstrip Spiral Filters Using First and Second Harmonic Resonances”,
    IEEE Trans. On Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 742-747, Feb 2006.
  20. Frederick Huang, Ming Zhou and Libin Yue, “A Narrow-Band Superconducting Filter Using Spirals with a Reversal in Winding Direction”
    IEEE Trans. On Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 54, no. 11, pp. 3954 – 3959, Nov 2006.
  21. Y. Wang, H. T. Su, F. Huang, M. J. Lancaster, “Measurement of YBCO Surface Resistance Using Coplanar Line Resonator Techniques from 20 MHz to 20 GHz”,
    IEEE Trans. Applied Superconductivity, vol. 17, no. 2, pp3632-3639, Jun. 2007
  22. Hieng Tiong Su, Phe Man Suherman, Timothy J. Jackson, Frederick Huang, and Michael J. Lancaster, “Novel Tunable Bandpass Filter Reasilized Using Barium-Strontium-Titanate Thin Films”,
    IEEE Trans. On Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 56, no. 11, pp. 2468 – 2473, Nov 2008.
  23. F. Huang, “Dual-Band Superconducting Spiral Filters Including Narrow Bandstop Notches”
    IEEE Trans. On Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 57, no. 5, pp. 1188-1195, May 2009.
    Digital Object Identifier : 10.1109/TMTT.2009.2017812
  24. Yi Wang, Maolong Ke, M.J. Lancaster and F. Huang, “Micromachined millimetre-wave rectangular-coaxial branch-line coupler with enhanced bandwidth”,
    IEEE Trans. On Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 57, no. 7, pp. 1655-1660, Jul 2009.
  25. F. Huang, “Suppression of Superconducting Filter Spurious Response Using Lossy Parasitic Resonators” IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation, vol. 4, no. 12, pp. 2042-2049, Dec 2010.
    Digital Object Identifier : 10.1049/iet-map.2010.0008
  26. T.F. Skaik, M.J. Lancaster and F. Huang, “Synthesis of multiple output coupled resonator circuits using coupling matrix optimisation”
    IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation, vol. 5, no. 9, pp. 1081 - 1088, 2011.
    Digital Object Identifier : 10.1049/iet-map.2010.0447
  27.  F. Huang, “Suppression of Microstrip Filter Spurious Responses Using Frequency-Selective Resistive Elements”
    IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation, vol. 5, no. 15, pp. 1836 - 1843, 2011.
    Digital Object Identifier: 10.1049/iet-map.2010.0532
  28. Pietro Bolli and Frederick Huang “Superconducting Filter for Radio Astronomy Using Interdigitated, Capacitively Loaded Spirals”
    Experimental Astronomy, (Springer) Vol. 33, Issue 1, pp. 225-236, March 2012.
    Published on-line 10 Feb 2012. Digital Object Identifier: 10.1007/s10686-012-9289-y
  29. F. Huang “Suppression of Spurious Responses in Microstrip Filters Using a Reduced Number of Resistors”
    IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation, vol. 6, no. 10, pp. 1128-1135, Jul 17, 2012.
    Digital Object Identifier: 10.1049/iet-map.2012.0107
     

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