Maximizing harmonic-radar target response: Duty cycle vs. peak power

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

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To optimize a harmonic radar for the detection of electronic targets, a system designer must select appropriate frequencies, power levels, transceiver components, antennas, and waveforms. This work focuses on one tradeoff for radar design: duty cycle vs. peak power, for the transmit waveform. Single-frequency pulses are studied. It is assumed that total (average) power in the transmit band is fixed; however, duty cycle and peak power are adjustable. Harmonics measured using a hardware simulation of a nonlinear radar demonstrate that, to maximize reflected target response, it is advantageous to minimize transmitter duty cycle and maximize peak power.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSoutheastCon 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509022465
StatePublished - Jul 7 2016
EventSoutheastCon 2016 - Norfolk, United States
Duration: Mar 30 2016Apr 3 2016

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE SOUTHEASTCON
ISSN (Print)1091-0050
ISSN (Electronic)1558-058X


OtherSoutheastCon 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Software
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing


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