Design and Performance of a 215 GHz Pulsed Radar System

Robert E. McINTOSH, Ram M. Narayanan, James B. Mead, Daniel H. Schaubert

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The advent of high-power extended interaction oscillators and low-noise receivers in the 215 GHz frequency window has made it possible to design and operate radar systems at these wavelengths. This paper describes a high-power 215 GHz pulsed radar system developed for remote sensing applications that is capable of making backscatter measurements from terrain targets at ranges of several kilometers under normal atmospheric conditions. The paper also discusses system performance and calibration, together with measurements of snow backscatter coefficients made during early 1987.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)994-1001
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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