Microwave Lab

The Microwave Lab at Heriot-Watt University has state of the art facilities for fabrication and testing of antennas, microwave components and devices. We maintain a full suite of state of the art facilties for fabrication and testing of antennas and microwave components and devices as listed below. Facilities can be made available to external users, for further information please contact g.goussetis@hw.ac.uk.


The Microwaves Lab includes the following commercial and in-house facilities:

Commercial electromagnetics

  • Perpetual license of Ansys HFSS for 3D FEM electromagnetic modelling
  • CST microwave studio for generic 3D electromagnetic modelling in time and frequency domains
  • Sonnet High Frequency Electromagnetic Software for modelling 2D and 2.5D structure


  • Method of moments based software for Frequency Selective Surface modelling
  • Mode-matching based software for waveguide structures
  • In-house filter synthesis tools
  • Generic
  • FORTRAN with GUI environment (both Digital FORTRAN and Intel FORTRAN)
  • MATLAB including FEM module COMSOL


Antenna testing

  • 3.6m x 2.4m x 2.4m anechoic chamber
  • 1.2mx1.2m NSI near-field system
  • Semi-anechoic chamber

Component level

  • Agilent PNA up to 50 GHz
  • Range of VNAs up to 45GHz
  • Spectrum analysis up to 40 GHz
  • Vacuum and cryogenic chambers

System level

  • Signal Analysis up to 40 GHz
  • Vector Signal Generator
  • SISO and MIMO testbed


  • Protomat E44