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Radar Cross Section Measurements


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1 Radar Cross Section Fundamentals.- 1.1 The Need for RCS Measurements.- 1.2 Electromagnetic Wave Properties.- 1.3 The Radar Range Equation.- 1.4 Radar Cross Section.- 1.5 Polarization Scattering Matrix.- 1.6 Basic Test Range Requirements.- 1.7 Summary.- 2 Instrumentation Systems.- 2.1 The CW Cancellation Radar.- 2.2 The Noncoherent Pulsed Radar.- 2.3 Coherent Radars.- 2.4 Multiband Scattering Matrix Radars.- 2.5 Digital Functions in Multiband Radars.- 2.6 Summary.- 3 Target Support Structures.- 3.1 Foam Columns.- 3.2 String Supports.- 3.3 The Metal Pylon.- 3.4 Other Structures and Techniques.- 3.5 Summary.- 4 Measurement Errors.- 4.1 Instrumentation and Sensitivity.- 4.2 Target Illumination.- 4.3 Background Contributions.- 4.4 Target-Environment Interactions.- 4.5 Summary.- 5 Calibration.- 5.1 Instrumentation Calibration.- 5.2 Calibration Scatterers with Curved Surfaces.- 5.3 Calibration Scatterers with Flat Surfaces.- 5.4 Calibration by Substitution.- 5.5 Summary.- 6 Outdoor Test Ranges.- 6.1 Ground-Plane Configuration.- 6.2 Two-Path Propagation.- 6.3 Effect of Antenna Pattern.- 6.4 Imperfectly Reflecting Ground Planes.- 6.5 Defeating the Ground Plane.- 6.6 Summary.- 7 Indoor Chambers.- 7.1 Wall Reflections.- 7.2 Chamber Configuration.- 7.3 Chamber Absorbing Materials.- 7.4 Test Chamber Evaluation.- 7.5 Summary.- 8 Compact Ranges.- 8.1 Dielectric Lenses.- 8.2 Large Reflectors.- 8.3 Reflector Edge Configurations.- 8.4 Dual-Reflector Configurations.- 8.5 Chamber Diagnostics.- 8.6 Summary.- 9 Data Processing and Reduction.- 9.1 Statistical Measures.- 9.2 Hard-Target Characteristics.- 9.3 Display Formats.- 9.4 Background Subtraction.- 9.5 Summary.- 10 Radar Imagery.- 10.1 Radar Imaging Principles.- 10.2 The Range Profile.- 10.3 Zero-padding and Windowing.- 10.4 The Cross-Range Profile.- 10.5 Image Formation and Diagnostics.- 10.6 Summary.- 11 Dynamic Test Ranges.- 11.1 The Instrumentation Radar.- 11.2 Dynamic Target Imaging.- 11.3 The Tracking Radar.- 11.4 Metric Data.- 11.5 Some Dynamic RCS Test Ranges.- 11.6 Summary.- 12 Scale-Model Testing.- 12.1 Scaling Laws.- 12.2 Dielectrics and Absorbers.- 12.3 Metallic Coatings and Resistive Sheets.- 12.4 A Specific Full-Scale/Scale-Model Comparison.- 12.5 Summary.- 13 Test Security.- 13.1 General Requirements.- 13.2 Target Shelters.- 13.3 Range Security.- 13.4 The Black Program.- 13.5 Summary.

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