ECE 67800 - Radar Engineering

Credits: 3

Areas of Specialization(s):

Communications, Networking, Signal & Image Processing

Counts as:

Normally Offered: Fall - even years

Catalog Description:
An introduction to the system aspects of modern radar engineering. The theoretical basis for radar performance analysis is developed and applied to radars designed for a variety of different applications. Consideration is given to system parameters such as receiver noise, antenna characteristics, operating frequency, target characteristics, transmitted signal modulation and methods of detection. Attention is given to radars for special purposes such as automatic range and angle tracking, moving target indication and resolution enhancement through synthetic aperture techniques.

Required Text(s):
  1. Radar Principles, N. Levanon, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1987, ISBN No. 0-471-85881-1.

Recommended Text(s): None.

Lecture Outline:

Lectures Topic
1 Radar Fundamentals
3 Radar Range Equation; Monostatic radar, bistatic radar, beacon equation, maximum unambiguous range
4 Radar Target Detection; Noise statistics; Detection and false alarm probability; Integration of pulse trains; Fluctuating targets, CFAR
4 Targets and Interference; Radar cross-section; Swerling target models; Glint; Clutter; Jamming
6 Radar Antennas: Antenna fundamentals, Beam shaping, Phased arrays, Beam forming and multiple beams
6 Waveforms and Signal Processing: Ambiguity function, Matched filters, Pulse compression, Moving-target indication, Performance of MTI systems
3 Radar Propagation: Atmospheric effects, Surface reflection, Diffraction, Refraction
3 Angle Measurement and Tracking: Optimum estimators, Conical scan, Monopulse
3 Range and Doppler Measurement: Optimum range estimators, Split-gate tracker, Doppler measurement
9 Special Topics: Synthetic Aperture Radar, LIDAR, SONAR, Radar components
3 Exams