Professional Education Course

Principles of Continuous Wave Radar

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Course Title: Principles of Continuous Wave Radar
Program ID: DEF 3508P Subject: Radar


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Course Description

Compare the frequency modulated continuous wave waveform to other wideband waveforms. Consider low probability of intercept issues. Focus on linear frequency modulated continuous wave waveform with homodyne receiver processing.  Explore waveform design, target, clutter, and noise performance. Examine frequency modulated continuous waveform radar applications, including seekers, surveillance, low-cost commercial sensors, and remote sensing.

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Scientists
  • Managers

How You Will Benefit

  • Understand design constraints for continuous wave radar
  • Calculate signal, clutter, and noise power for continuous wave radar
  • Estimate range resolution for continuous wave radar
  • Gain insight into a variety of continuous wave radar systems and applications
  • Evaluate trade-offs between continuous wave and other radar waveforms

What Is Covered

  • Radar Principles
  • CW Radar Introduction

    • Frequency Modulated CW Radar
    • Phase Modulated CW Radar
    • Multiple Frequency CW Radar
  • Sensitivity in Linear FMCW Radar

    • Baseline Example
    • Additional Noise Sources
  • Range Resolution

    • Frequency Deviation
    • Frequency Sweep Overlap
    • Receiver Frequency Resolution
  • FMCW Radar Receivers

    • Reflected Power Canceller
    • Sensitivity Time Constant (STC)
    • Offset Oscillator
    • Doppler Processing
    • Dynamic Range
  • Frequency Sweep Linearity

    • Standard Deviation of Slope
    • Beat Frequency Spectrum With Nonlinearity
    • Linearizer Bandwidth and Sweep Nonlinearity
    • Analytical Model With Nonlinearity MATLAB
  • Low Probability of Intercept: ESM and FMCW Waveforms

    • Introduction to ESM (Intercept) Receivers
    • Low Probability of Intercept (LPI) Radars
    • Example: detectability of PILOT and CLOSE
  • MMIC CW Radar Technology

    • MMW CW Radar Applications
    • Basic CW Radar System Block Diagram
    • MMIC Radar Technology
    • Future Trends
  • Frequency Sweep Linearizers

    • LFM Pulse Compression Background
    • Patents/Approaches/Techniques
    • Analysis/Requirements
    • Performance Examples
  • Seekers

    • Guided Missiles and Artillery
    • Frequency Tradeoffs
    • Target, Clutter, and Noise Calculations
    • Antenna Scan Geometry
  • FMCW Surveillance Radars

    • PILOT FMCW Radar
    • Over The Horizon FMCW Radar
    • Boeing FMCW Radar
  • Automotive FMCW Radar
  • FMCW Radar for Terrain Following, Terrain Avoidance, Obstacle Avoidance, Hazard Avoidance, Automatic Nap-of-the-Earth, Low-Level Collision Avoidance

    • TSC ANOE FMCW Radar
    • Thomson CSF Romeo
    • Honeywell Phase Coded CW Radar
    • Radar Altimeters
  • FMCW Radar for Remote Sensing

    • Surface Ice, Scatterometer, Snowpack
    • Troposphere Rain, Boundary Layer
    • Ionosphere
  • High PRF and FM Ranging in Pulse-Doppler Radar
  • FMCW Real Beam Imaging System Supporting An Autonomous Landing Capability
  • Stepped Frequency Waveforms
  • Pulse Compression Basics (Frequency Modulation) and Phase Coded
  • FMCW Radar Demonstration
  • PPS-15 Personnel Detection Radar
  • Synthetic Aperture Techniques in FMCW Radar
  • Sinusoidal FMCW Radar
  • Commercial FMCW Radar Sensors

    • Tank Level Measurement
    • Buried/Hidden Object Detection
    • Ship Docking Sensor
    • Detection of Defects in Dielectric Solids
    • Ground Penetrating Radar
    • Industrial Range Measurement
  • Interrupted FMCW

Course Materials

Participants receive a handout of course slides and CD-ROM.


None, however Principles of Modern Radar or other introductory courses may be helpful for participants with limited radar experience.

Course Administrator

Samuel Piper

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