Radar Signal Analysis & Processing with MATLAB

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This three-day course develops the technical background needed to predict and understand the factors controlling the performance of radar systems including anti-clutter and anti-jamming signal processing techniques. The course introduces the fundamental concepts and properties of various techniques without the necessity of a detailed analytic background. Each student will receive the instructor’s textbook MATLAB Simulations for Radar Systems Design as well as course notes.

What you will learn:

    • Learn radar theory and signal processing concepts.
    • Learn that the detection range in thermal or jamming noise depends primarily on the amount of energy transmitted and not upon the waveform parameters, such as bandwidth, etc. but the waveform determines detection range in clutter.
    • Learn that Constant False Alarm Rate (CFAR) is mandatory and how signal processing is used to emphasize the desired signal and reduce the response to clutter and jamming.

The design of radar systems is a constant trade-off as increasing the goodness of one parameter, such as resolution, always causes degradation of another parameter. From this course you will learn evaluation criteria to aid in choosing desirable choices.


Course Outline:

  1. Radar System Fundamentals.
  2. Target Detection — Resolution and clutter.
  3. Maximum Detection — Range in noise, targets in clutter, jamming and clutter.
  4. Horizon and Multipath — Effects on detection range.
  5. False Alarm — Probability effects, sensitivity and cfar processors.
  6. System Parameter — Interrelations.
  7. Transmit/Receive Antennas.
  8. System Performance Equations.
  9. Resolution — Measurement accuracy and ambiguity.
  10. Tracking Radar Techniques.
  11. Waveforms and Matched Filtering.
  12. Very Wideband Lfm Waveforms.
  13. Reflector and Phased Array Antennas.
  14. Sidelobe Reduction — Weighting, effects of errors on sidelobe reduction, and earth effects on antenna patterns.
  15. Doppler Signal Processing — Stagger coded mti waveforms, implementation errors effects, A/d converters, effect of a/d converters on detection, special doppler processing for airborne radars.
  16. Sidelobe Canceller (Slc) — Adaptive algorithms, constant false alarm rate (cfar) processor, multiple sidelobe cancellers (mslc), Optimum array and doppler processing.
  17. Modern Spectral Estimation and Super Resolution.


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  • Dr. Bassem R. Mahafza is the president and founder of deciBel Research Inc. He is a recognized Subject Matter Expert and is widely known for his three textbooks: Introduction to Radar Analysis, Radar Systems Analysis and Design Using MATLAB, and MATLAB Simulations for Radar Systems Design. Dr. Mahafza’s background includes extensive work in the areas of Radar Technology, Radar Design and Analysis (including all sensor subcomponents), Radar Simulation and Model Design, Radar Signatures and Radar Algorithm Development (especially in the areas of advanced clutter rejection techniques and countermeasures). Dr. Mahafza has published over 65 papers, and over 100 technical reports.

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