Short Course: The Art and Science of UWB Antennas

Presented by

Dr. Hans Schantz


The wide scale commercial deployment of ultra-wideband (UWB) systems has led to increased interest in UWB antenna designs. In many cases, though, investigators have unknowingly resurrected already known designs rather than developing new ones. Also, the subtleties of UWB antenna physics and design are not always obvious to those more familiar with narrowband antennas. For instance, the spectral and impedance matching properties of a UWB antenna exert a profound influence on an overall UWB system design.

This workshop will enable attendees to:

  • Understand basic antenna physics as applied to UWB antennas
  • Quickly and correctly apply UWB antennas to current projects
  • Design and analyze UWB antennas
  • Integrate these antennas in an RF system

Based on the author's 2005 text, and including material from the forthcoming second edition, this workshop is available in a full day (eight hour) format presenting nearly 500 slides.

Speaker Biography

Dr. Hans Schantz

Dr. Hans Schantz is CTO of the Q-Track Corporation (, and a co-inventor of NFER® technology, a low-frequency, near-field solution to real-time location systems in complicated indoor environments. He is also a consulting engineer with Next-RF, Inc. ( with whom he designed the Model 310C 3-10GHz standard gain horn and the Model 860A 800MHz-6GHz standard gain horn. His prior work experience includes stints with IBM, the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, The ElectroScience Lab of the Ohio State University, and Time Domain Corporation. Author of The Art and Science of Ultra-wideband Antennas (Artech House, 2005), his thirty-five U.S. patents include antennas, RF systems, RFbased location systems, and related inventions. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and an amateur radio operator [KC5VLD]. Schantz earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds degrees in Industrial Engineering and Physics from Purdue. Dr. Schantz blogs at