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Intro to Radar Systems

Intro to Radar class

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Piet van Genderen (F)
Venue: Seminar Room 6.01, Menzies Building, Upper Campus, UCT
Mon     5th
Tue      6th
Wed    7th
Thurs   8th
Fri       9th

This course presents the principles and techniques fundamental to the operation of a radar system. Radar Engineering is very much a system level topic, as the field requires at least some knowledge of a wide range of other engineering specialties. The course follows the recommended text book very closely. Specific course topics include: Course overview and introduction to radar, the radar equation, radar search and overview of detection and interference, propagation effects and mechanisms, characteristics of clutter, target reflectivity, target fluctuation models, Doppler processing, radar antennas, transmitters, receivers, exciters, radar signal processing, radar remote sensing.

Textbook: Principles of Modern Radar, Volume 1, Ed. Richards, Scheer and Holm, Scitech Publishing, 2010.

Course overview

The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction and radar overview, covering the basic concepts of radar and the format of the course itself, including the radar equation, radar search and overview of detection and interference
  • External factors, including propagation effects and mechanisms, clutter, target reflectivity, target fluctuation models, Doppler phenomenology and data acquisition
  • Subsystems, including radar antennas, receivers, exciters and signal processing
  • Systems, including tracking radar, FMCW radar, and a case study of a radar system design


Prof Piet van GenderenProf Piet van Genderen received his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands, in 1971. After graduation, he joined the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he worked on radar and radar signal processing for air traffic control.

In 1979, he moved to the R&D department of Hollandse Signaalapparaten BV in Hengelo, The Netherlands, now Thales Nederland, where he held several positions as Group Expert Radar Systems.

In 1994, he was appointed full professor at the International Research Centre for Telecommunications and Radar of the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He has (co-)authored over 200 publications, seven patents and a few books. He now is an emeritus professor.

Prof van Genderen received the Radar Prize of the European Microwave Week three times as author/co-author. He has received the prize for the most innovative and effective patent of the Thales group in 2000, and received an honorary doctorate at the Military Technical Academy of Romania.

He has been the general chairman of the European Microwave Week in 2004, and the chairman of the European Microwave Conference during this event. He has been chair or member of the technical program committees of many international conferences dedicated to radar.