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Radar Systems Analysis and Design Using MATLAB

3rd Edition

By Bassem R. Mahafza

Chapman and Hall/CRC

772 pages | 464 B/W Illus.

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Developed from the author’s graduate-level courses, the first edition of this book filled the need for a comprehensive, self-contained, and hands-on treatment of radar systems analysis and design. It quickly became a bestseller and was widely adopted by many professors. The second edition built on this successful format by rearranging and updating topics and code.

Reorganized, expanded, and updated, Radar Systems Analysis and Design Using MATLAB®, Third Edition continues to help graduate students and engineers understand the many issues involved in radar systems design and analysis. Each chapter includes the mathematical and analytical coverage necessary for obtaining a solid understanding of radar theory. Additionally, MATLAB functions/programs in each chapter further enhance comprehension of the theory and provide a source for establishing radar system design requirements.

Incorporating feedback from professors and practicing engineers, the third edition of this bestselling text reflects the state of the art in the field and restructures the material to be more convenient for course use. It includes several new topics and many new end-of-chapter problems. This edition also takes advantage of the new features in the latest version of MATLAB. Updated MATLAB code is available for download on the book’s CRC Press web page.


"The discussion is clearly set out, with step-by-step derivations, easily interpreted diagrams, and sufficient contextual information for the reader to quickly become proficient in the subject without having to delve into excessive and distractive technical detail. … radar novices and experienced practitioners alike will find it a useful addition to their textbook collection."

The Aeronautical Journal, September 2014

"It provides an essential understanding of radar design, analysis, and signal processing in one convenient source in an updated 3rd edition of this best-selling book. … This comprehensive book contains theory, easy-to-follow design equations and formulas, and basic principles that provide the reader with a solid foundation in radar systems. … Academics teaching a course in radar systems will find this an excellent teaching resource and should consider this book for their main textbook. Also, practicing engineers interested in learning about design and operating principles of radar systems would find this book worthwhile."

—John J. Shea, IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, July/August 2014

Table of Contents

Radar Principles

Definitions and Nomenclature

Radar Systems Classifications and Bands

Pulsed and Continuous Wave (CW) Radars


Range Resolution

Doppler Frequency


Decibel Arithmetic

Basic Pulsed and Continuous Wave (CW) Radar Operations

The Radar Range Equation

Low PRF Radar Equation

High PRF Radar Equation

Surveillance Radar Equation

Radar Equation with Jamming

Range Reduction Factor

Bistatic Radar Equation

Radar Losses

Noise Figure

Continuous Wave (CW) Radars

MATLAB Program "range_calc.m"

Radar Signals and Signal Processing

Linear Systems and Complex Signal Representation

Signal Classification

The Fourier Transform

Systems Classification

Signal Representation Using the Fourier Series

Convolution and Correlation Integrals

Bandpass Signals

Spectra of a Few Common Radar Signals

Signal Bandwidth and Duration

Discrete Time Systems and Signals

The Matched Filter Radar Receiver

The Matched Filter SNR

General Formula for the Output of the Matched Filter

Waveform Resolution and Ambiguity

Range and Doppler Uncertainty

Target Parameter Estimation

Ambiguity Function—Analog Waveforms


Examples of the Ambiguity Function

Stepped Frequency Waveforms

Nonlinear FM

Ambiguity Diagram Contours

Interpretation of Range-Doppler Coupling in LFM Signals

Ambiguity Function—Discrete Coded Waveforms

Discrete Code Signal Representation

Pulse Train Codes

Phase Coding

Frequency Codes

Ambiguity Plots for Discrete Coded Waveforms

Pulse Compression

Time-Bandwidth Product

Radar Equation with Pulse Compression

Basic Principle of Pulse Compression

Correlation Processor

Stretch Processor

Special Radar Considerations

Radar Wave Propagation

The Earth Impact on the Radar Equation

Earth’s Atmosphere

Atmospheric Models

Four-Third Earth Model

Ground Reflection

The Pattern Propagation Factor


Atmospheric Attenuation

Attenuation due to Precipitation

Radar Clutter

Clutter Definition

Surface Clutter

Volume Clutter

Surface Clutter RCS

Clutter Components

Clutter Backscatter Coefficient Statistical Models

Moving Target Indicator (MTI) and Pulse Doppler Radars

Clutter Power Spectrum Density

Concept of Moving Target Indicator (MTI)

PRF Staggering

MTI Improvement Factor

Subclutter Visibility (SCV)

Delay Line Cancelers with Optimal Weights

Pulse Doppler Radars

Phase Noise

Radar Detection

Random Variables and Random Processes

Random Variables

Multivariate Gaussian Random Vector

Rayleigh Random Variables

The Chi-Square Random Variables

Random Processes

The Gaussian Random Process

Single Pulse Detection

Single Pulse with Known Parameters

Single Pulse with Known Amplitude and Unknown Phase

Detection of Fluctuating Targets


Pulse Integration

Target Fluctuation: The Chi-Square Family of Targets

Probability of False Alarm Formulation for a Square Law Detector

Probability of Detection Calculation

Computation of the Fluctuation Loss

Cumulative probability of Detection

Constant False Alarm Rate (CFAR)

M-out-of-N Detection

The Radar Equation Revisited

Radar Special Topics

Radar Cross Section (RCS)

RCS Definition

RCS Dependency on Aspect Angle and Frequency

RCS Dependency on Polarization

RCS of Simple Objects

RCS of Complex Objects

RCS Prediction Methods

Multiple Bounce

Phased Array Antennas

Directivity, Power Gain, and effective Aperture

Near and Far Fields

General Arrays

Linear Arrays

Planar Arrays

Array Scan Loss

Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO)—Linear Array

Adaptive Signal Processing

Nonadaptive Beamforming

Adaptive Signal Processing using Least Mean Square (LMS)

The LMS Adaptive Array Processing

Sidelobe Cancelers (SLC)

Space Time Adaptive Processing (STAP)

Target Tracking

Angle Tracking

Amplitude Comparison Monopulse

Phase Comparison Monopulse

Range Tracking

Track-While-Scan (TWS)

State Variable Representation of an LTI System

The LTI System of Interest

Fixed-Gain Tracking Filters

The Kalman Filter

MATLAB Kalman Filter Simulation

Tactical Synthetic Aperture Radars


SAR Design Considerations

SAR Radar Equation

SAR Signal Processing

Side Looking SAR Doppler Processing

SAR Imaging using Doppler Processing

Range Walk

A Three-Dimensional SAR Imaging Technique



Problems appear at the end of each chapter.

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