Radar Systems, Peak Detection and Tracking

1st Edition

Authors: Michael Kolawole
Paperback ISBN: 9780750657730
eBook ISBN: 9780080515625
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 20th January 2003
Page Count: 400
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As well as being fully up-to-date, this book provides wider subject coverage than many other radar books. The inclusion of a chapter on Skywave Radar, and full consideration of HF / OTH issues makes this book especially relevant for communications engineers and the defence sector.

Key Features

  • Explains key theory and mathematics from square one, using case studies where relevant
  • Designed so that mathematical sections can be skipped with no loss of continuity by those needing only a qualitative understanding
  • Theoretical content, presented alongside applications, and working examples, make the book suitable to students or others new to the subject as well as a professional reference


Defence (surveillance), R&D, communications engineers; advanced students (undergraduate / graduate) studying radar technology and tracking techniques.

Table of Contents



Essential Relational Functions: Fourier Analysis; Fourier Transform; Inverse Fourier Transform; Orthogonal Relations; Delta function; Discrete Fourier Transform; Aliasing; Other useful mathematical properties; Shifting in Time and Frequency; Convolution; Windowing Functions; Rectangular window; Triangular or Bartlett window; Hamming/Hanning/Blackman window; Kaiser window; Summary of window functions; Correlation Functions; Fast Fourier Transform; Norm of a function; Summary; References; Problems. Understanding Radar Fundamentals: An Overview of Radar System Architecture; Transmitter; Receiver (with several subtitles); Data Processing; Data Compression and Storage; Effective algorithms for data compression; Huffman Coding Algorithm; Display and Communication System; Radar Application; Summary; References; Problems. Antenna Physics and Radar Measurements: Antenna Radiation; Vertical Monopole; Field Regions; Target Measurements; Pulse Compression; Pulse Compression Processing Technique; Repetition of Pulsed Signals; Sidelobes Suppression; Resolution; Measurement Accuracy for Stationary and Moving Targets; Effects of Pulse Compression on Doppler Radars; Summary; References; Problems; Appendix 3A: Ambiguity function of a Chirp Pulse. The Radar Equations: Radar Equation for Microwave Radar; Some Comments on radar gain and target cross section; Receiver-Transmitter Arrangement; Peak and Average Power; Aperture; Receiver Bandwidth, Temperature and Noise; Radar Equation modified by Noise and Other losses; Other Losses; System loss; Beam-shape loss; Collapsing loss; Propagation loss; Polarization loss; Processing loss; Multi-path reflection factor; Target Fluctuation Models; Detection Probability; Time Diversity; Frequency Diversity; Combined Time and Frequency Diversity; Target Detection Range in Clutter; Land and Sea Clutter; Land Reflectivity Model; S


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About the Author

Michael Kolawole

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor at the Monash University, Australia, also electronic engineer working in the radar and detection area.


* Explains key t heory and mathematics from square one, using case studies where relevant * Designed as a reference text for professional engineers and a course text for advanced students * Includes full coverage of HF / OTH radar systems