Bibliography of EMC Publications

Many of my favorite references.  Those out of print are likely available on the Internet.


EDN’s Designer’s Guide to Electromagnetic Compatibility, Daryl Gerke and William Kimmel, formerly printed by Cahners Publications, 2001. We now have the printing rights. Written by yours truly as a basic EMC design guide, it is available from our web site.

Electromagnetic Compatibility in Medical Equipment, William Kimmel and Daryl Gerke, CRC Press, 1995. Written by yours truly for the medical device industry, but should be of interest for any EMI discipline. Practical nuts and bolts treatment for designers and installers of medical electronics equipment. ISBN 9780935184808.

EMI Suppression Handbook, William Kimmel and Daryl Gerke, Seven Mountains Scientific, 1998, PO Box 650, Boalsburg, PA 16827, 814-466-6559. A collection of articles which originally appeared in ENR. Includes a variety of topics for the EMC designer and troubleshooter, including case studies. No longer in print, but available as an E-Book from Kimmel Gerke Associates.


Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering, Henry W Ott, John Wiley & Sons, 2009. Major update to his previous book (Noise Reduction Techniques in Electronic Systems, still available). Well written, this will be a classic on EMC. Recommended for everyone. ISBN 9780470189306. (KGB Review Winter 2009)

Noise Reduction Techniques in Electronic Systems, Henry W. Ott, John Wiley & Sons, 1988. Easy to read. General overview, strongest in analog electronics. ISBN 0471850683. (KGB Review Winter 2007)

Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility, 2nd Edition, Clayton Paul, Wiley Interscience, 2006.  Second Edition includes a CD. Written as a college text, but very readable. Lots of technical depth. Another classic on EMC.  ISBN 978-0-471-75500-5 (KGB Review Summer 2006)

Controlling Radiated Emissions by Design, Michel Mardiguian, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992. Informative and fairly easy to read. ISBN0442009496. (KGB Review Fall 1993)

EMC for Product Designers, Tim Williams, Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd, 1992. This is part of the EDN series for design engineers. An introduction to EMC with a strong European regulation viewpoint. Easy reading, quite basic. ISBN 0750624663.


High-Speed Digital Design, Howard Johnson & Martin Graham, Prentice Hall, 1993. Concentrates on maintaining signal integrity on circuit boards and cables. Not specifically an EMI book, but it still has very useful information. Recommended for all circuit and logic designers. ISBN 0133957241. (KGB Review Fall 1993)

High Speed Signal Propagation – Advanced Black Magic, Howard Johnson & Martin Graham, Prentiss Hall, 2003.  A continuation of their earlier book, this focuses on speeds above 1 GHz.  Both Johnson books highly recommended for high speed digital designers. ISBN 0-13-084408-X. (KGB Review Spring 2003)

EMC and the Printed Circuit Board, Mark Montrose, IEEE Press, 1998.  Concentrates on EMC techniques for the circuit board.  An in-depth engineering level treatment. (KGB Review Fall 1998.)

Printed Circuit Board Design Techniques for EMC Compliance, 2nd Edition, Mark Montrose, IEEE Press, 2000. First edition owners will find plenty of new information and updates in this edition.  An in-depth treatment on printed circuit board design. Nuts and bolts information, quantitative guidelines. Targeted at the technician and circuit board designer, but has good information for design engineers, as well.  ISBN 0780353765. (KGB Review Summer 2000)

Signal Integrity-Simplified, Eric Bogatin, Prentice Hall, 2008. Easy to read but plenty of details on signal integrity issues. ISBN 0-13-066946-6 (KGB Review Summer 2009)

High Speed Digital Systems Design – A Handbook of Interconnect Theory and Design Practices, Hall, Halll and McCall, IEEE Press/Wiley Interscience, 2000. Practical proven techniques form thee Intel design engineers. ISBN 0-471-36090-2. (KGB Review Fall 2003)

MECL System Design Handbook, William Blood, 1980. Published by Motorola Semiconductor.  No longer in print, but available in PDF from ON Semiconductor. Initially applied to ECL design. but now applicable to all high speed digital design.  Also a classic on signal integrity/transmission line issues.  (KGB Review Spring 1994)

Signal and Power Integrity in Power Systems, James Buchanan, McGraw Hill, 1995. Emphasis is on high performance digital components. Easy to read. ISBN 0-07-008734-2 (KGB Review Spring 1999.


Electrostatic Discharge, Michel Mardiguian, Interference Control Technologies, Inc, 1986. Good treatment on ESD design. Recommended for a first book. ISBN 09322632275. (KGB Review Summer 1990)

Electrostatic Discharge and Electronic Equipment, Warren Boxleitner, IEEE Press, 1989. Very good treatment of ESD, very simply written. Recommended for a first book. ISBN 087942240. (KGB Review Summer 1990)


EMI troubleshooting Cookbook for Product Designers, Pat Andre and Ken Wyatt, Scitech Publishing, 2014. A simple guide with “recipes” of  easily implemented and inexpensive troubleshooting tools or aids that can be built by the engineer or the technician. ISBN 978-1613530191

EMI Troubleshooting Techniques, Michel Mardiguian, McGraw Hill, 2000. Aimed at the person faced with solving an existing EMI problem, in the field or test floor. Includes fix-it techniques and components and instruments needed. ISBN 0071344187. (KGB Review Spring 2004)

Troubleshooting Analog Circuits, Robert Pease, Butterworth Heinemann, 1991. Not specifically written for EMI, but has lots of information related to EMI. We like it for its unique viewpoint on troubleshooting, whether for analog or digital. ISBN 0750694998. (KGB Review Summer 1991)

High Frequency Measurements and Noise in Electronic Circuits, D Smith, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993. Chock full of tips for measurement of components, shielding, etc., in the engineering laboratory. We know of no comparable book on the market. ISBN 0442006365. (KGB Review Winter 1993)


Grounding and Shielding Techniques in Instrumentation, Ralph Morrison, John Wiley & Sons, 1986. A must for instrumentation applications where very low level analog signals are involved. ISBN 0471838066 (next edition due out in 1998, ISBN 0471245186). (KGB Review Summer 1991)

Grounding an Shielding in Facilities, Ralph Morrison and Warren Lewis, Wiley Interscience, 1990. A solid treatment of facilities issues, with an emphasis on power safety issues. ISBN 0471838071. (KGB Review Spring 1990)

Architectural Electromagnetic Shielding Handbook, Leland Hemming, IEEE Press, 1992. A design and specification guide for shielded rooms and enclosures. Very thorough. ISBN 0879422874. (KGB review Fall 1991)

Platform Interference In Wireless Systems, Kevin Slattery & Harry Skinner. Newnes, 2008.  Discusses the special EMI problems with radios (wi-fi, cellular, GPS) embedded in digital systems.  Unique and practical.  ISBN 978-0-7506-8757-7.  (KGB review Summer 2010.)


Lightning, Martin Ulman, McGraw Hill/Dover Press, 1969. A classic written an the undergraduate engineering level.  ISBN 0-0486-64575-4. (KGB Review Winter 2001)

R56 Standards and Guidelines for Communications Sites, Motorola. Addresses lightning, power, grounding, and more.  Widely used in the communications industry. Available for purchase at (KGB Review Winter 2009)

Grounds for Lightning and EMP Protection, Roger Block, Poly-Phaser Corporation, 1993. Emphasis on radio communications facilities, a very comprehensive and easy to read guide for lightning protection. Purchase direct from Poly-Phaser, PO Box 9000, Minden, NV 89423 (


Power Line Design for Switched-Mode Power Supplies, 2nd Edition, Mark Nave, Mark Nave Consultants, 2010. If you deal with switched mode power supplies, you want this book. ISBN 978-0-9841690-0-9. (KGB Review of First Ed, Summer 1992.)


ARRL RFI Book – 2nd Edition, American Radio Relay League, 2007. As an amateur radio  book, the focus is on radio radio transmitter and receiver issues. Very practical. ISBN 0-87259-989-2  (KGB Review Summer 2007)

RF Exposure and You, Ed Hare, American Radio Relay League, 1998. Another amateur radio book, the focus is on human safety from RF. Includes FCC OET Bulletin 65. ISBN 0-87259-662-1 (KGB Review Winter 2008)

AC Power Interference Handbook, 3rd Edition, Percival Publishing, 2007 (available from the American Radio Relay League). Practical information on power line interference from a former utility RFI investigator. ISBN 0-87259-110-3 (KGB Review Summer 2007)


KGB Newsletter, Kimmel Gerke Associates Ltd (Of Course!). Authoritative newsletter by industry leaders, published several times a year. Free. Downloads of back issues available from our web site.

ENR (Electromagnetic News Report), Seven Mountains Scientific, PO Box 650, Boalsburg, PA 16827, 814-466-6559. Bi-monthly. Newsletter on EMC issues, with strong flavor on international regulatory issues. Subscription, about $70/year.

InCompliance, SamePage Publishing Co, PO Box 235, Hopedale, MA 01747, 508-488-6274.  Semimonthly. Design, Test and Regulatory Issues. Free on-line, free hard copy in US

Interference Technology (formerly ITEM), R&B Enterprises, 20 Clipper Rd, West Conshohocken, PA 19428, 215-825-1960. Annual Reference Guide plus quarterly updates. Reference material for design and regulatory requirements. Free.

IEEE Transactions on Electromagnetic Compatibility, IEEE. Monthly. Highly analytical. Subscription with IEEE EMC Society membership. We actually find more practical articles on EMI in Industry Applications Society Transactions. Subscription inexpensive to IEEE members.

EC&M, Intertec Publishing, 9800 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212, 913-341-1300.  Magazine focussed on electrical construction.  Power Quality Assurance, a sister publication has ceased publication – the relevent articles will now be found in EC&M. Free.

I&CS, Penwell Publishing, 2002 Sproul Rd, Ste 302, Broomall, PA 19008, 610-527-8224.  Magazine focussed on instrumentation and control electronics. Free. Has an EMI supplement (which we contributed to) for a modest charge.


‘IEEE Recommended Practice for Powering and Grounding Sensitive Electronic Equipment, IEEE Standard 1100, AKA “Emerald Book.” One of the “Color Books” sponsored by the IEEE Power Engineering Society. Emphasis on “power quality” for electronic systems. Strongly recommended if you are doing systems. ISBN 1559372311.

IEEE Recommended Practice for Emergency and Standby Power Systems for Industrial and Commercial Applications, IEEE Standard 446-1987, AKA “Orange Book.” One of the “Color Books” sponsored by the IEEE Power Engineering Society. Emphasis on safe installations of UPS and related equipment.

IEEE Recommended Practice for Grounding of Industrial and Commercial Power Systems, IEEE Standard 142, AKA “Green Book.” One of the “Color Books” sponsored by the IEEE Power Engineering Society. Emphasis on equipment safety, both power and lightning protection.

IEEE Guide for the Installation of Electrical Equipment to Minimize Electrical Noise Inputs to Controllers from External Sources, IEEE Standard 518. Sponsored by the Industrial Control Committee of the IEEE Industrial Applications Society (IAS). A bit dated, but still contains a lot of solid practical information. ISBN 0471893595.

IEEE Guide for Surge Voltages in Low Voltage Power AC Power Circuits, IEEE C62.41,  New York, NY, 1980. Contains information on lightning and EFT waveforms.

NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code, National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269. The “Bible” on electrical wiring practices.


MIL-STD-461G (2016). Requirements for the Control of Electromagnetic Interference Emissions and Susceptibility. Primary document for military equipment at the box level. Has a great appendix that explains why and gives background history.

MIL-STD-464A. Primary document for military systems. Replaces MIL-STD-6051 and several other old documents.

MIL-HDBK-241B, 1983: Design Guide for Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Reduction in Power Supplies. Very good for circuit design and shielding of power supplies. (KGB Review Summer 1992)

MIL-HDBK-419A, Military Handbook: Grounding, Bonding and Shielding for Electronic Equipment and Facilities. Lots of grounding and shielding design information. Very good systems level reference. Volume 1 – Basic Theory, Volume 2, facilities.  Most design information is in Volume 1, facilities in Volume 2.

AFSC DH1-4, 1984: Air Force Systems Command Design Handbook. Good systems reference. Hard to navigate through the document, however.

There are more military documents that have EMC relevance.  Most military documents may be downloaded from the web, links given below. They can also be ordered from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Washington DC, 1-800-553-6847, 703-605-6000. You need not be a government contractor to get most documents.  The document sources listed below also carry these documents.

USEFUL WEBSITES Kimmel Gerke web site, general EMC information, including back issues of KGB. Bibliography of IEEE Publications. Numerous EMC and EMC related standards.  Actual documents are copyrighted and must be purchased. Contains FCC EMI requirements, downloadable, free. Listing of IEC documents, including those for EMC. Actual documents are copyrighted and must be purchased. Listing of ISO documents, including those for EMC. Actual documents are copyrighted and must be purchased. Listing of ANSI documents, including those for EMC.  Actual documents are copyrighted and must be purchased. Listing of commercial aviation documents, including those for EMC (D0-160.). Actual documents are copyrighted and must be purchased. Listing of vehicle standards, including those for EMC (J551 and J1113). Actual documents are copyrighted and must be purchased. Joint Spectrum Center (JSC). Downloadable source of EMC related military documents. (Ignore sign-in! Also, you may get a security alert, but we believe it is okay.)
.  ASSIST- Downloadable source of Military Standards. More general than the above site, but more cumbersome to use. (Ignore Sign-In!) Website of Missouri University of Science and Technology EMC Lab.  Lists coming EMC events, EMC books and publications, EMC tutorials, plus.
Website of the Clemson Vehicular Electronics Laboratory, Clemson University in South Carolina, headed by Professor Todd Hubing. Lists coming EMC events, EMC tutorials, and lots more.


Here are two source for most government documents (and many other documents):

Document Center Inc. 111 Industrial Road #9, Belmont, CA 94002-4044,
Phone: 650-591-7600, Fax: 415-591-7617,

Global Engineering, 15 Inverness Wy E, Englewood, CO, 80012,
Phone: 800-854-7179,