CM Overview

CM Overview

There are different sources for an overview on the theory and applications of characteristic modes, including the following:

  • A Wikipedia page on Characteristic Mode Analysis.
  • Overview papers on this topic found in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine


CM SIG has created its own YouTube channel, and as a new initiative, live webinars (organized by Marta Cabedo Fabres and Divitha Seetharamdoo) are held. The presentations recorded in these webinars are now available in our channel.

Webinar on 23 June 2020

Title of Presentation Speaker Affiliation
Characteristic Mode Analysis for the Design of Nanosatellite Reconfigurable Antennas Simone Genovesi University of Pisa, Italy
Antenna Positioning for Bandwidth Optimization Using Characteristic Mode Analysis Peter W. Futter Altair Development S.A. (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
Circularly Polarized Electrically Small Antenna Using Chiral Metamaterials and Based on Characteristic Modes Theory Nadia Kari Universite Gustave Eiffel, Lille Campus, France

Webinar on 25 June 2020 –

Title of Presentation Speaker Affiliation
Systematic Design Method for Asymmetric Multiport Antennas Based on Characteristic Modes Nikolai Peitzmeier Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
Patten Synthesis for Single Antennas Using Theory of Characteristic Modes Hui Li Dalian University of Technology (DLUT), China


PhD theses (some MSc theses) on various aspects of characteristic modes are a good source of information, often with very good overview of the topic (if any link is broken, just google the title to find the new site):


A number of presenters from our Special Interest Group consented to sharing their presentation slides from EuCAP 2019 (Krakow, Poland) here:


For those who may be interested, Dr. Miloslav Čapek has provided links to his latest presentations on CMs:

1/ Capek, M., Masek, M., Hazdra, P.: Some Numerical Aspects of Characteristic Mode Decomposition, EuCAP 2016, Davos, Switzerland, 2016.
2/ Capek, M., Jelinek, L.: Optimal Composition of Characteristic Modes For Minimal Quality Factor Q, IEEE APS/USNC-URSI, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, 2016.
3/ Capek, M., Jelinek, L., Kadlec, P., Štrambach, M.: Excitation of Optimal and Suboptimal Currents, EuCAP 2017, Paris, France, 2017.
4/ Capek, M., Losenicky, V., Jelinek, L., Gustafsson, M., Tayli, D.: Numerical Benchmark Based on Characteristic Modes of a Spherical Shell, IEEE APS/USNC-URSI, San Diego, USA, 2017.
5/ Capek, M.: Current Optimization for Electrically Small Antennas, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, Seminar lecture, 2017.
6/ Capek, M.: Implementation of Source Concept in Matlab, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, Seminar lecture, 2017.
7/ Capek, M., et al.: Accurate Evaluation of Characteristic Modes, EuCAP 2018, London, UK, 2018.
8/ Capek, M., et al.: Characteristic Modes, Department Seminar, Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, 2018.


This page will be constantly updated with more materials.