Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik und Elektronik (IHE)

Radar Systems Engineering


Lecture Material:

The lectures slides and exercices in pdf format can be found in Ilias. The passwort for the Ilias course will be given in the lecture.

In addition, you can download the script version 2009/2010. However, this script is partially outdated and we recommend to focus on the lecture slides, which cover many additional state-of-the-art topics.
Download as PDF (10.3 MB)

Covered Topics:

  • Short historical review of the development in radar
  • Basic principles 
  • Reflection of electromagnetic waves
  • Radar equation
  • Information content in radar signals
  • Noise, resolution and accuracy 
  • Radar Systems overview and classification
  • Continuous Wave radar (CW-radar), Doppler mode, frequency modulated contiuous wave radar (FM-CW-radar) 
  • Pulsed radar 
  • Different modes of operations, pulse compression techniques to increase the resolution of the radar without loosing its sensitivity 
  • Practical application: the use of a pulsed radar to identify moving targets (MTI-radar). 
  • Radar signal wave-forms (pulse, chirp, staggered, hopping, OFDM).
  • RadCom: communication with radar
  • MIMO Radar
  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) (generation of two- and three-dimensional radar images): Theoretical concepts, different implementations of SAR-processors 
  • Practical applications: airborne SAR, space-borne SAR
  • Ground penetration radars to detect buried objects 
  • Interferometric SAR´s to generate digital elevation models
  • Radar Cross Section (RCS): Characterization of the scattering and reflection of targets
  • Measurement system for the radar cross section
  • Scattering behaviour of simple targets  and complex targets
  • Principles of reducing the radar cross section

Contact Person:

M.Sc. Basim Alabd