This is the second volume in the Principles of Modern Radar series. While the first volume, Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles provides fundamental discussions of radar operation, Principles of Modern Radar: Advanced Techniques discusses key aspects of radar signal processing, waveforms, and other important radar techniques critical to the performance of current and future radar systems. It will serve as an excellent reference for the practicing radar engineer or graduate student needing to advance their understanding of how radar is utilized, managed, and operated.
What this Book Addresses
Modern radar systems are remarkably sophisticated. They can be configured in numerous ways to accomplish a variety of missions. As a result, radar is a highly multidisciplinary field with experts specializing in phenomenology, antenna technology, receivers or transmitters, waveforms, digital design, detection, estimation and imaging algorithms, electronic protection, tracking, target identification, multi-sensor fusion, systems engineering, test and evaluation, and concepts of operation. In addition to tremendous advances in computing technology, a trend is afoot in radar to move the digitization step closer and closer to the antenna element. This places great emphasis on the importance of the collection approach, sensor topology, and the particular algorithms and techniques applied to the incoming data to produce a superior product.
Principles of Modern Radar: Advanced Techniques addresses this aforementioned trend and the most important aspects of modern radar systems, including quite current subtopics. Readers will find modern treatment of multi-input/multi-output (MIMO) radar, compressive sensing, passive bistatic radar, signal processing, and dismount/human detection via radar. The chapters are organized in five sections: waveforms and spectrum, synthetic aperture radar, array processing and interference mitigation techniques, post-processing considerations, and emerging techniques.
Why this Book was Written
We and radar practitioners are aware of many very fine single subject radar reference books that build from core principles with in-depth treatment, and most of them are referenced within this book for further reading. However, we and SciTech felt strongly that selected advanced radar topics could be gathered and organized logically into a single volume. Moreover, such a volume could incorporate textbook elements, most notably problem sets, for use within academic programs and training classes often taught, and necessarily so, within industry and government. Even practicing engineers engaged in self-study appreciate logical development of topics and problems with answers to test their understanding. Very few advanced radar books, however, are written in a textbook style and include problem sets. The chief impediment to the advanced radar textbook idea has always been the unlikelihood of any one, two, or even three authors possessing such a broad, yet deep, knowledge of, and experience with, so many advanced radar subjects. We are very proud to say that the chapters in this volume are written by noted experts in the radar field, all of whom are active researchers in their areas of expertise and most of whom are also instructors of short courses for practicing engineers. We are thankful to each of the contributing authors who share our vision of a long-needed advanced radar book covering a diverse array of topics in a clear, coherent, and consistent framework. Their unwavering dedication to quality and content – evidenced by their multiple rewrites in response to reviews and the volume editors’ suggestions for improvements—inspires us all.
How the Content was Developed
Each chapter has also been thoroughly vetted for content and technical accuracy by outside radar experts who volunteered to take part in SciTech Publishing’s community review process. All of the chapters received multiple reviews at different phases in the development cycle, starting with chapter outlines and proceeding through multiple manuscript drafts. It is most evident that the quality of Principles of Modern Radar: Advanced Techniques has been tremendously improved by the selfless and enthusiastic work of the volunteer engineers, scientists, and mathematicians who invested their own time to review book chapters, sometimes individually and sometimes in related chapter sequences, all to help develop a high quality and long-lasting single source advanced radar book. The reviewers of the manuscript are gratefully acknowledged and listed by name in later pages of this opening section.
The History of the POMR Series
It should be no surprise that organizing and publishing a book of this nature is a significant and challenging undertaking. It is an interesting fact that the Principles of Modern Radar series evolved from the initial goal of a single book. From early reviews and the enthusiasm of chapter contributor candidates, the single book became two: POMR: Basic Principles, published in early 2010, and the planned “advanced applications and techniques”, which then became three. Why? The second volume had grown to over 30 planned chapters, and it quickly became apparent that we needed to divide the second volume into two distinct volumes: Advanced Techniques and Radar Applications. Over the past two years, as chapters were written, reviewed, and revised, Advanced Techniques edged slightly ahead in progress and became our primary focus over the past nine months. Principles of Modern Radar: Radar Applications therefore follows the issuance of this book.
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