Peak power estimate from radar equation
Pt = radareqpow(lambda,tgtrng,SNR,Tau)
Pt = radareqpow(...,Name,Value)
Pt = radareqpow(lambda,tgtrng,SNR,Tau) estimates the peak transmit power required for a radar operating at a wavelength of lambda meters to achieve the specified signal-to-noise ratio SNR in decibels for a target at a range of tgtrng meters. The target has a nonfluctuating radar cross section (RCS) of 1 square meter.
Wavelength of radar operating frequency (in meters). The wavelength is the ratio of the wave propagation speed to frequency. For electromagnetic waves, the speed of propagation is the speed of light. Denoting the speed of light by c and the frequency (in hertz) of the wave by f, the equation for wavelength is:
Target range in meters. When the transmitter and receiver are colocated (monostatic radar), tgtrng is a real-valued positive scalar. When the transmitter and receiver are not colocated (bistatic radar), tgtrng is a 1-by-2 row vector with real-valued positive elements. The first element is the target range from the transmitter, and the second element is the target range from the receiver.
The minimum output signal-to-noise ratio at the receiver in decibels.
Single pulse duration in seconds.
Transmitter and receiver gain in decibels (dB). When the transmitter and receiver are colocated (monostatic radar), Gain is a real-valued scalar. The transmit and receive gains are equal. When the transmitter and receiver are not colocated (bistatic radar), Gain is a 1-by-2 row vector with real-valued elements. The first element is the transmitter gain and the second element is the receiver gain.
System loss in decibels (dB). Loss represents a general loss factor that comprises losses incurred in the system components and in the propagation to and from the target.
Radar cross section in square meters. The target RCS is nonfluctuating.
System noise temperature in kelvin. The system noise temperature is the product of the system temperature and the noise figure.
Default: 290 kelvin
Estimate the required peak transmit power required to achieve a minimum SNR of 6 decibels for a target at a range of 50 kilometers. The target has a nonfluctuating RCS of 1 square meter. The radar operating frequency is 1 gigahertz. The pulse duration is 1 microsecond.
lambda = physconst('LightSpeed')/1e9; tgtrng = 50e3; tau = 1e-6; SNR = 6; Pt = radareqpow(lambda,tgtrng,SNR,tau);
Estimate the required peak transmit power required to achieve a minimum SNR of 10 decibels for a target with an RCS of 0.5 square meters at a range of 50 kilometers. The radar operating frequency is 10 gigahertz. The pulse duration is 1 microsecond. Assume a transmit and receive gain of 30 decibels and an overall loss factor of 3 decibels.
lambda = physconst('LightSpeed')/10e9; Pt = radareqpow(lambda,50e3,10,1e-6,'RCS',0.5,... 'Gain',30,'Ts',300,'Loss',3);
Estimate the required peak transmit power for a bistatic radar to achieve a minimum SNR of 6 decibels for a target with an RCS of 1 square meter. The target is 50 kilometers from the transmitter and 75 kilometers from the receiver. The radar operating frequency is 10 gigahertz and the pulse duration is 10 microseconds. The transmitter and receiver gains are 40 and 20 dB respectively.
lambda = physconst('LightSpeed')/10e9; SNR = 6; tau = 10e-6; TxRng = 50e3; RvRng = 75e3; TxRvRng =[TxRng RvRng]; TxGain = 40; RvGain = 20; Gain = [TxGain RvGain]; Pt = radareqpow(lambda,TxRvRng,SNR,tau,'Gain',Gain);
The point target radar range equation estimates the power at the input to the receiver for a target of a given radar cross section at a specified range. The model is deterministic and assumes isotropic radiators. The equation for the power at the input to the receiver is
where the terms in the equation are:
Pt — Peak transmit power in watts
Gt — Transmitter gain in decibels
Gr — Receiver gain in decibels. If the radar is monostatic, the transmitter and receiver gains are identical.
λ — Radar operating frequency wavelength in meters
σ — Target's nonfluctuating radar cross section in square meters
L — General loss factor in decibels that accounts for both system and propagation loss
Rt — Range from the transmitter to the target
Rr — Range from the receiver to the target. If the radar is monostatic, the transmitter and receiver ranges are identical.
Terms expressed in decibels such as the loss and gain factors enter the equation in the form 10x/10 where x denotes the variable. For example, the default loss factor of 0 dB results in a loss term of 100/10=1.
The equation for the power at the input to the receiver represents the signal term in the signal-to-noise ratio. To model the noise term, assume the thermal noise in the receiver has a white noise power spectral density (PSD) given by:
where k is the Boltzmann constant and T is the effective noise temperature. The receiver acts as a filter to shape the white noise PSD. Assume that the magnitude squared receiver frequency response approximates a rectangular filter with bandwidth equal to the reciprocal of the pulse duration, 1/τ. The total noise power at the output of the receiver is:
where Fn is the receiver noise factor.
The product of the effective noise temperature and the receiver noise factor is referred to as the system temperature and is denoted by Ts, so that Ts=TFn .
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 Skolnik, M. Introduction to Radar Systems. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1980.
 Willis, N. J. Bistatic Radar. Raleigh, NC: SciTech Publishing, 2005.