Radar Performance: Principles and Limitations

Course Description

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 Systems. Explore performance limitations relative to an ideal system. Better understand coherent radar performance in the presence of contaminating factors associated with system instabilities, real-world clutter and hardware errors.

Course ID: DEF 3507P
Course Format: Classroom

Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Jul 10, 2018 Jul 13, 2018 Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,695 18228
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Special Discounts

GTRI employees are eligible for a discount on this course.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to https://webwise.gtri.gatech.edu/talent-management/organizational-development and look under “GT Professional Development” for a coupon code to use when checking out.

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  • Experience with radar systems

Who Should Attend

Engineers and scientists involved in the research, analysis, design and development of coherent radar systems

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.


  • Coherent radar overviews
  • Pulsed Doppler
  • Synthetic aperture radar
  • Moving target indicator
  • Pulse compression
  • Tracking errors
  • Continuous wave radar
  • Environment error Sources: Propagation, clutter, noise and EMI
  • Component hardware error Sources from transmitters, receivers and exciters
  • Phased array antenna performance considerations
  • Testing considerations for sub-systems, systems and phase noise



  • Notebook of handouts
  • CD-ROM of presentations

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Thomas Spangler