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I have to design a microwave amplifier in the frequency range of 0-15GHz. To this end, I need to be able to design circuits with HEMT/PHEMT transistors. Is there a comprehensible manual that teaches precisely how to deal with and manipulate such transistors? I prefer online manual, but books are also welcome. I'm not a professional electrical engineer, so, I need practical explanations of how to build circuits with such transistors.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Gigahenries (GH) is not a unit of frequency. \$\endgroup\$
    – The Photon
    Aug 5 '15 at 14:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ I doubt if you'll find a single book. Most people who do that kind of design start by getting a PhD. Also, the kind of frequency rang you're asking for probably means a cascode amplifier, and you'll have a hard time building that from individual transistors if you don't have access to your own fab. \$\endgroup\$
    – The Photon
    Aug 5 '15 at 16:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is it because the building and tuning of such circuits is so difficult that one needs a PhD, or is it because there are commercial and/or military interests ? \$\endgroup\$
    – MikeTeX
    Aug 5 '15 at 17:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ If you have only a little experience, then GHz are tricky... Maybe try mini-circuits. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 5 '15 at 17:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ @MikeTeX, Yes, Though I know I'm not suppose to give shopping suggestions. This?? minicircuits.com/pdfs/ZX60-183A+.pdf \$\endgroup\$ Aug 5 '15 at 18:34
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There aren't many complete references for HEMTs or pHEMTs. It may be because they're relatively new and specialized. I think it's because they're just another variation in the FET family.

Most people learn to initially use FETs by studying MOSFETs and then MESFETs. HEMT/pHEMT usage is so similar to MESFETs, most MESFET techniques can be used without changing a thing. This is why most references are focused on a specific difference, and do not cover general HEMT usage.

Here are a few "RF 101" books I would start with... Pozar, Microwave Engineering

Ludwig, RF Circuit Design

If you still want something specific to HEMTs...

Golio, Microwave MESFETs and HEMTs

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Just to know: what is "RF 101 books" (I haven't been successful with google) \$\endgroup\$
    – MikeTeX
    Aug 11 '15 at 7:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ At US university's, the first class towards a degree is often numbered 101. To get a degree in radio frequency, you might start by taking a class called RF 101. I guess I didn't consider that it's limited to the US. \$\endgroup\$
    – curtis
    Aug 11 '15 at 8:47

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