|Radar Ambiguities - Knowing if a target is coming or going|
Radar Ambiguities - Knowing if a target is coming or goingSeptember 9, 2021 | 14:00 - 15:00 EDT (18:00 - 19:00 UTC)
Radar systems are able to detect, track, and measure minuscule targets at stupendous ranges. One of the techniques exploited to achieve this is the combination of multiple returns from a single target in a manner similar to that used when sampling signals. But as seen in a previous webinar, sampling is linked to ambiguities - cases where the true properties of a signal cannot be unambiguously determined - and the same is true of radar systems.
Range and Doppler ambiguities have different underlying causes and place conflicting requirements on a radar system. The result is that it is often impossible to remove all ambiguities, especially in cases such as airborne radar where almost everything - including the earth - is moving relative to the radar. The challenges caused by ambiguities in airborne radar are seen by the fact that look-down/shoot-down systems only became operational after the development of digital computers.
This webinar will explore mechanisms underlying range and Doppler ambiguities in radar, along with the effects such as blind ranges and velocities. The concept of low-, medium-,and high-PRF operation will be explored, along with approaches to resolving ambiguities.
Dr. Warren du Plessis received the B.Eng. (Electronic) and M.Eng. (Electronic) and Ph.D. (Engineering) degrees from the University of Pretoria in 1998, 2003 and 2010respectively, winning numerous academic awards including the prestigious Vice-Chancellor and Principal's Medal. He has been working in EW and radar since 2006 and is currently a Professor at the University of Pretoria. Prof. du Plessis is a registered Professional Engineer (Pr.Eng.), a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a Lifetime Member of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), a member of the AOC Aardvark Roost Board, and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He is author of 57 published and accepted peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, and is lead or sole author of 32 of these, thereby demonstrating his leading role in developing and evaluating innovative new concepts. While his primary research focus has been cross-eye jamming, Prof. du Plessis has also published on issues such as data reduction, cognitive EW, and possible approaches to enhancing EW training.
Dr. Warren Du Plessis
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