Radar Fundamentals

Course #EC3615

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


This course will include the following topics: radar types such as CW and pulsed Doppler radar, radar range equation, basics of radar cross section, transmit power, EIRP, antenna gains, EM frequency spectrum, sources of losses such as propagation and implementation, receiver noise, noise figure, receiver sensitivity, range resolution, velocity resolution, detector schemes, detection and false alarm probabilities, RF/microwave device considerations, waveform design and ambiguity function. The course includes laboratory activities that are either software/Matlab and/or hardware-based.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 292
  • 294


  • EC2410
  • EC2400
  • EC2650

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to describe and apply the following concepts in radar systems applications: 1. Energy, power, frequency domain and probability 2. Radar range equation 3. Unambiguous range, unambiguous velocity, range, and velocity resolutions 4. Propagation, noise, 5. Noise figure, receiver sensitivity 6. RF/microwave considerations 7. Detection and false alarm probabilities 8. Matched filter, detection schemes 9. Waveform design, CW, pulsed Doppler 10. Ambiguity function
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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  09 Oct 2023

    Columbus Day (holiday)

  •  24 Oct 2023

    Shift day: treat as Friday class schedule

  •  10 Nov 2023

    Veteran's Day (holiday)

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