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Details for the Course Syllabus for Course EITN90F valid from Spring 2018

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  • Radio detection and ranging (radar) is one of the most used sensor systems for automatic surveillance of people, machines, and nature. When put on a platform like an aircraft or a satellite, it is often used to form images of the ground and its properties, called remote sensing. The aim of this course is to give an overview of typical radar systems and their operational principles, including scattering mechanisms and wave propagation. Each student needs to perform a design of a radar system for a specific application, demonstrating ability to trade different requirements against each other.
  • Radar systems on block level, electromagnetic wave properties and propagation through layered structures, scattering theory and radar cross section, stealth technology, radar range equation, antenna pattern, doppler shift, radar signal processing, synthetic aperture radar, MIMO radar, remote sensing and imaging. The theory is demonstrated with practical experiments, and numerical processing of radar data.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • using a block diagram, describe the basic function, principles of operation, and interrelationships of the basic units of a radar system
    understand the nature of electromagnetic waves with respect to concepts as wave speed, wave impedance, polarization, coherence, and propagation through layered structures such as the atmosphere, soil, or building materials
    describe different scattering mechanisms at different wavelengths, target sizes, and material properties
    discuss how pulse width, peak power, and beam width affect radar performance
    explain the differences between different types of radar systems, like monostatic and bistatic, active and passive, and pulsed and continuous-wave radar
    be able to choose waveform and detection algorithm for unambiguous and accurate target detection
    describe typical applications in surveillance, unmanned vehicles, remote sensing, imaging etc
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to use the radar range equation to estimate the maximum detection distance for a target
    quantify target scattering properties using the concept of radar cross section, using handbook formulas and simulation software
    be able to numerically process real radar data, such as extracting range and velocity from scattered pulses, or producing images from synthetic aperture radar data
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • apply the acquired knowledge by carrying through a project designing a radar system for a specific application, demonstrating understanding of weighting desired technical performance to implementation cost and time
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Exercises
  • Project
Examination Formats
  • Oral exam
  • Written report
  • Written assignments
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
Assumed Prior Knowledge
  • EITF80 Electromagnetic Fields or EITF85 Electromagnetic Field Theory or ETEF01 Electromagnetic Field Theory
Selection Criteria
  • Richards, Mark A., Scheer, James A. & Holm, William A.: Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles. SciTech Publishing, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2010.
Further Information
  • Course coordinator: Daniel Sjöberg,
Course code
  • EITN90F
Administrative Information
  • 2018-03-02
  • Professor Thomas Johansson

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