PARSAX An Informal Look at Radar Technology and Applications within TU Delft


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New PARSAX poster for TUD Open Dagen

For the TUD/EWI Faculty Open Dagen (31 maart en 1 april) we prepared a poster (special thanks to Samantha Liebregts from Marketing&Communicatie for design), which was presented during the event. The PARSAX as software defined radar gives to the MSc students and researchers the full freedom to implement and validate practically new ideas for radar signals, processing algorithms, applications. Actually, there are a possibility on the base of this flexible research platform to create a completely new radar, highly optimized for specific application.

Maak je eigen radar!


PARSAX poster for MSc Radar-Lab

Preparing the MTSR's Radar Lab activity for the students who follow the course ET4169 Microwaves, Radar & Remote Sensing, we created a poster, describing group research activities and unique facilities. Actually, we are looking for the MSc students, which are interesting to do their MSc final project in radar technology and related fields. The presented poster briefly introduce possible research topics.

The PARSAX poster for MSc Radar-Lab

The PARSAX poster for MSc Radar-Lab


PARSAX radar in “A short course on radar meteorology” – Video

The lecture "A short course on radar meteorology" has been given by Tobias Otto in the frame of TU Delft's Challent program ( It provided to the Bachelour students from different faculties a simple introduction into the radar technology field with the main focus on radar meteorology. The lecture covered such topics as the radar principle, how the information about observed object encoded in scattered microwaves, the brief introduction into the radar equation for a point target with further explanations how to make a step from a point target to atmospheric volume targets, the definition of such important radar measurable as the reflectivity, how the reflectivity measured with radar is connected to the rain rate, and what additional information can be extracted from the polarimetric weather radar observations. The lecture has been illustrated with real radar data about clouds and precipitations, which were measured with TU Delft radars: TARA, IDRA, and PARSAX.

PARSAX radar in "A short course on radar meteorology"

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Video Lectures from MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Introduction to Radar Systems

Dr. Robert M. O’DonnellThis set of 10 lectures is presented by Dr. Robert M. O'Donnell. It starts with an introductory description of basic radar concepts and terms.  The radar equation needed for the basic understanding of radar is then developed, along with several examples of its use in radar system design.  Radar propagation issues, such as attenuation, multipath effects and ducting, are described.  The concept of radar cross-section, waveform design, antennas, transmitter and receiver characteristics and the detection of radar signals in the presence of noise are presented. Some radars are required to detect small targets in the presence of much larger radar echoes from sea or land "clutter" in the radar's coverage.  The characteristics of this "clutter" are discussed, along with moving target indicator (MTI) and Pulse Doppler techniques for mitigating the negative effects of "clutter."  The course continues with lectures covering target tracking and target parameter estimation. The last lecture discusses radar transmitters and receivers.

Click on titles below to the view the lectures and/or download the pdf files of the viewgraghs for each lecture.

  1. Introduction
  2. Radar Equation
  3. Propagation Effects
  4. Target Radar Cross Section
  5. Detection of Signals in Noise and Pulse Compression
  6. Radar Antennas
  7. Radar Clutter and Chaff
  8. Signal Processing - MTI and Pulse Doppler Techniques
  9. Tracking and Parameter Estimation
  10. Transmitters and Receivers

Adaptive Antennas and Phased Arrays

Dr. Alan J. FennThis lecture series, given by Dr. Alan J. Fenn, begins with a discussion of the fundamentals of adaptive antennas pertaining to radar and communications systems, with an emphasis on consumption of adaptive array degrees of freedom from the jammer's viewpoint.

Displaced phase center antenna array mutual coupling effects in the problem of adaptive suppression of radar clutter is discussed in Lecture 2. Next, in Lectures 3 through 5 a theoretical foundation for a focused near-field technique that can be used to quantify the far-field adaptive nulling performance of a large aperture adaptive phased array system is described. Simulations of focused near-field and focused far-field nulling performance for adaptive arrays are presented for arrays of isotropic elements in Lecture 3 and for arrays including mutual coupling effects in Lectures 4 and 5. Experimental testing of the focused near-field adaptive nulling technique for phased arrays is described in Lecture 6. An experimental high-resolution multiple-beam adaptive-nulling antenna system is described in Lecture 7. Lectures 8 through 16 then concentrate on phased array antenna development for a variety of array elements. Lecture 8 provides an introduction to phased array antenna theory. In Lecture 9, finite and infinite array analyses and measurements for periodic phased arrays of monopole elements are presented. Lecture 10 describes the focused near-field polarization characteristics of monopole phased arrays as related to adaptive array testing in the near field. Next, in Lecture 11 a test bed phased array that implements the displaced phase center antenna technique, as related to the analysis presented in Lecture 2, is described along with the planar near field testing technique that is used to assess adaptive clutter cancellation performance. The planar near field scanning method for measuring low-sidelobe radiation patterns of phased arrays is described in Lecture 12. Experimental arrays of horizontally polarized loop-fed slotted cylinder antennas (Lecture 13), dual-polarized dipole arrays (Lecture 14), and ultrawideband dipole arrays (Lecture 15) are described. In Lecture 16, rectangular waveguide arrays are analyzed by the method of moments.

Click on titles below to the view the lectures and/or download the pdf files of the viewgraghs for each lecture.

Lectures Overview for Adaptive Antennas and Phased Arrays

  1. Adaptive Antennas and Degrees of Freedom
  2. Array Mutual Coupling Effects on Adaptive Radar Clutter Suppression
  3. Focused Near-Field Techniques for Evaluating Adaptive Phased Arrays
  4. Moment Method Analysis of Focused Near-Field Adaptive Nulling
  5. Focused Near-Field Testing of Multiphase-Center Adaptive Array Radar Systems
  6. Experimental Testing of Focused Near-Field Adaptive Nulling
  7. Experimental Testing of High Resolution Nulling with a Multiple Beam Antenna
  8. Phased Array Antennas - An Introduction
  9. Monopole Phased Array Antenna Design, Analysis, and Measurements
  10. Monopole Phased Array Field Characteristics in the Focused Near-Field Region
  11. Displaced Phase Center Antenna Measurements Using Near-Field Scanning
  12. Low-Sidelobe Phased Array Antenna Measurements Using Near-Field Scanning
  13. Arrays of Horizontally Polarized Omnidirectional Elements
  14. Finite Arrays of Crossed V-Dipole Elements
  15. Experimental Ultrawideband Dipole Antenna Array
  16. Finite Rectangular Waveguide Phased Arrays