Radar Performance: Principles and Limitations

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Radar Performance: Principles and Limitations

Course Description

In this Radar Performance: Principles and Limitations course, you will review theory of coherent radar systems and then explore performance limitations relative to an ideal radar system. Examine radar operation at the introductory level for several diverse types of coherent radar systems including: Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), Moving Target Indicator (MTI), Pulse-Doppler (PD), Continuous Wave (CW), and Phased Array Radar (PAR) systems. Gain a better understanding of coherent radar performance in the presence of contaminating factors associated with system instabilities, real-world clutter, and hardware errors. The course is ideal as a second course in radar systems, intended to elevate student understanding beyond the basic radar performance and begin studying the impact of hardware and environmental errors.

Course Content


  • Radar type summary
  • Hardware error overview
  • Coherent radar definitions and issues
  • Imaging fundamentals


  • Receiver design considerations
  • Exciter design considerations
  • Radio frequency signal sources
  • Transmitter amplifier errors
  • Phased array antenna errors


  • Propagation errors
  • Clutter challenge and errors


  • Pulsed radar
  • Moving Target Indicator (MTI) radar
  • Pulse Doppler radar
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
  • Continuous Wave (CW) radar
Requirements & Materials



  • Experience with radar systems



  • Notebook of handouts
  • CD-ROM of presentations

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers and scientists involved in the research, analysis, design, and development of coherent radar systems. The course provides an introductory tutorial on each major type of coherent radar then identifies the real world errors that can degrade system performance when compared to an ideal system. Emphasis is on how common hardware errors impact the major different types of coherent radar systems.

Adult professional attending defense tech course

What You Will Learn

  • Coherent radar fundamentals for MTI, PD, CW, SAR, and PAR systems
  • Continuous wave radar theory and unique CW system error sources
  • Environment error sources such as propagation and clutter
  • Component hardware error sources from transmitters, receivers, and exciters
  • Phased array antenna performance considerations for sub-systems, systems, and phase noise
Radar antenna

How You Will Benefit

  • Determine the non-ideal performance of coherent radar systems, insofar as the most salient functions and the most salient contaminating sources of system instability are concerned.
  • Understand what is important to study and model to move beyond theoretical performance. predictions to practical applications with real world performance expectations due to hardware errors, clutter, and electromagnetic interference.
  • Earn credit towards the Georgia Tech Radar System Certificate or Radar Signal Processing and Techniques Certificate.
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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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