Principles of Pulse-Doppler Radar

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Principles of Pulse-Doppler Radar

Course Description

   The Principles of Pulse-Doppler Radar course provides a fundamental understanding of pulse-Doppler radar and how it is used to detect moving targets in the presence of background clutter. You'll learn about radar moving target indicator (MTI) and Doppler processing; high, medium, and low pulse-repetition frequency (PRF) modes; pulse compression; target detection; clutter processing; ground moving target indication (GMTI); synthetic aperture radar (SAR); and applicable electronic protection techniques. Exercises and demonstrations help reinforce some of the basic concepts presented in the lectures.

Course Content


  • Introduction
  • Radar fundamentals
  • Measuring Doppler shift
  • Doppler spectrum
  • MTI and Doppler processing
  • Pulse-Doppler operation


  • High PRF mode
  • Medium PRF mode
  • Medium PRF detectability and range resolving
  • Medium PRF selection


  • Pulse compression
  • Target detection
  • Clutter effects
  • CFAR detection


  • Low PRF mode
  • GMTI mode
  • Synthetic aperture radar
  • Advanced clutter suppression techniques


  • Hardware effects
  • Electronic attack/electronic protection
  • Additional topics
Requirements & Materials



  • Textbook Airborne Pulsed Doppler Radar, Second Edition
  • Computer programs to generate range-Doppler blind zones and clutter maps

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Who Should Attend

   This course is designed for engineers, scientists, and managers in government, industry, and academia.

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What You Will Learn

  • Basic radar concepts and the motivation for Doppler processing
  • The Doppler shift and how it is measured by a coherent radar
  • The distribution of clutter in the range and Doppler dimensions
  • The definitions of high, medium, and low PRF regimes and their relative strengths and weaknesses
  • The implications of range/Doppler ambiguities and blind zones
  • How to select PRFs to resolve ambiguous range measurements
  • Signal processing approaches for both airborne and surface moving targets
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How You Will Benefit

  • Acquire a broad understanding of technical issues and design practices associated with pulse-Doppler radar.
  • Learn how to select pulse-Doppler waveform classes and specific PRFs.
  • Gain an understanding of coherent radar signal processing techniques used for airborne and surface target detection and tracking.
  • Understand performance limitations resulting from common hardware component and system design constraints.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


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