Filter selection for a harmonic radar

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

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In a harmonic radar system design, one of the most important components is the filter used to remove the self-generated harmonics by the high-power transmitter power amplifier, which is usually driven close to its 1-dB compression point. The obvious choice for this filter is a low-pass filter. The low-pass filter will be required to attenuate stop band frequencies with 100 dB attenuation or more. Due to the high degree of attenuation required, multiple low-pass filter will likely be required. Most commercially available low-pass filters are reflective devices, which operate by reflecting the unwanted high frequencies. Cascading these reflective filter causes issues in attenuating stop band frequencies. We show that frequency diplexers are more attractive in place of reflective low-pass filters as they are able to terminate the stop band frequencies as opposed to reflecting them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRadar Sensor Technology XIX; and Active and Passive Signatures VI
EditorsArmin Doerry, Chadwick Todd Hawley, G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Kenneth I. Ranney
ISBN (Electronic)9781628415773
StatePublished - 2015
EventRadar Sensor Technology XIX; and Active and Passive Signatures VI - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Apr 20 2015Apr 23 2015

Publication series

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


OtherRadar Sensor Technology XIX; and Active and Passive Signatures VI
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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