Derivation and validation of the nonlinear radar range equation

Kyle A. Gallagher, Gregory J. Mazzaro, Anthony F. Martone, Kelly D. Sherbondy, Ram Mohan Narayanan

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The radar range equation for detecting targets using linear radar has been defined and derived many times for many different applications. The nonlinear radar range equation has been defined in the literature but a step by step derivation is lacking and no experimental validation has been shown. This paper starts with a nonlinear system model and provides simulated and experimental validation for the model. Once the model is validated, the model is used to derive the nonlinear radar range equation for nonlinear radar. Key differences between the linear and nonlinear radar range equation will be emphasized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRadar Sensor Technology XX
EditorsArmin Doerry, Kenneth I. Ranney
ISBN (Electronic)9781510600706
StatePublished - 2016
EventRadar Sensor Technology XX - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Apr 18 2016Apr 21 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


OtherRadar Sensor Technology XX
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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