John D. Sahr
E E 501
Introduces radar remote sensing. Covers the fundamentals of radar systems, monostatic and bistatic topologies, radar equation, range-time diagram; ambiguity function, pulse compression, elementary estimation and detection theory, spectrum estimation for underspread and overspread targets; interferometry, source imaging; and Time Difference of Arrival, Aperture Synthesis (SAR and ISAR).
Students should expect to be able to reason about basic capabilities of modern radar systems for aerospace and geophysics remote sensing applications. Students will learn to apply the radar equation in various topologies; to understand the concept of pulse compression; to understand the concept of ambiguity function of radar waveforms; the basic analysis of estimators; and the basic principles of synthetic aperature radar systems.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course will be organized as conventional lectures based upon material from the text (on aerospace systems) and for ionospheric radars (the instructor's research). Homework assignments will provide an opportunity to practice the material. Students will execute a project for the course involving analysis of actual radar data or design of radar waveforms to meet particular specifications.
This course requires an elementary awareness of electromagnetics (freshman level), and a senior level awareness of signal processing (e.g. EE341/EE518) and statistics (e.g. EE505). Students will find it helpful to have familiarity with a computational tool like Matlab/Octave, and a symbolic manipulation package (Maple/Mathematica) may be useful, too.
Class assignments and grading
Approximately 6 homework assignments, including both analytic and data analysis exercise; a final project; a final exam.
(approximate) assignments: 50% project: 25% final exam: 25%