Radar Principles for the Non-specialist, Third Edition continues its popular tradition: to distill the very complex technology of radar into its fundamentals, tying them to the laws of nature on one end and to the most modern and complex systems on the other. 

It starts with electromagnetic propagation, describes a radar of the utmost simplicity, and derives the radar range equation from that simple radar. Once the range equation is available, the book attacks the meaning of each term in it, moving through antennas, detection and tracking, radar cross-section, waveforms and signal processing, and systems applications.

At the finish, the reader should be able to do an acceptable, first-order radar design, and to critique the designs of others. Students, engineers, scientists, and managers will benefit from this book.

New to this edition

Every section of each chapter was revised in some way. The more noticeable enhancements are the additions of equation numbers, more numerical examples, table and figures showing many of the concepts numerically, and exercises for almost all the concepts. These enhancements make the book easier to learn from (and teach out of).

Supplementary material files can be found on IET Digital Library.

About the authors

Major General John C. Toomay is a systems engineering consultant for government and industry. He has more than 25 years experience in research and development and managed major radar programs in the U. S. Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He has served on the Board of Directors of Texas Instruments and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and has lectured and written frequently on defense technology, systems, and policy. He currently resides in Carlsbad, CA.

Mr. Paul Hannen has extensive experience in radar systems, electronic combat, survivability assessment, and modeling and simulation. He is presently a Systems Engineer with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Dayton, Ohio, and an Adjunct Professor with Wright State University. Previously, he worked as an electronics engineer with the USAF Avionics Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Mr. Hannen received a BS (1979) and MS (1981) in Systems Engineering from Wright State University.

Book contents

1. Elementary electromagnetics and the radar range equation

2. Antennas 

3. Detection and tracking 

4. Radar cross section 

5. Waveforms and signal processing

6. Electronic countermeasures (ECM) 

7. Systems applications 

8. Loose ends of radar lore 

9. Radar potentials and limitations

Appendix 1 Conversion To Decibels 

Appendix 2 The Radar Spectrum Appendix 

3 Fourier Series And Transforms Appendix 

4 Answers To Exercises 

Appendix 5 Glossary"

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