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RCS Determination from Localized Short-Pulse Scattering Measurements: Theory and Experiment

  • Morris P. Kesler
  • James G. Maloney
  • Eric J. Kuster
  • Paul G. Friederich
  • Brian L. Shirley

Abstract

The Radar Cross Section (RCS) of a target has become an important metric for the characterization of electromagnetic performance. As a result, much effort has gone into developing techniques to accurately measure RCS. By its definition, RCS is a plane-wave concept, i.e., it is determined by the far-field scattering of an object when illuminated by a plane-wave. Most RCS measurement techniques involve illuminating the object under test with an approximation to a plane-wave (one exception is the near-field scanning technique). Specialized facilities, such as outdoor and compact ranges, are currently used to measure RCS; these facilities are generally very large in terms of the electromagnetic wavelength and are often located at remote sites. In this paper, we present a new RCS measurement technique that can be applied in much smaller spaces, and is potentially transportable.

Keywords

Element Spacing Array Element Scattered Field Radar Cross Section Test Volume 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Morris P. Kesler
    • 1
  • James G. Maloney
    • 1
  • Eric J. Kuster
    • 1
  • Paul G. Friederich
    • 1
  • Brian L. Shirley
    • 1
  1. 1.Signature Technology LaboratoryGeorgia Tech Research InstituteAtlantaUSA

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