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Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles
The New Face of Radar 101 - Modern and Comprehensive
edited by Mark A. Richards, James A. Scheer, William A. Holm

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Hardcover • ISBN 9781891121524 • 850 pages • List Price: $129 • Web Price $109 • April 2010




Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles is a comprehensive and modern textbook for courses in radar systems and technology at the college senior and graduate student level; a professional training textbook for formal in-house courses for new hires; a reference for ongoing study following a radar short course; and a self-study and professional reference book.

Principles of Modern Radar focuses on four key areas:

  • BASIC CONCEPTS, such as the the radar range equation and threshold detection;
  • RADAR SIGNAL PHENOMENOLOGY, such as radar cross section models, clutter, atmospheric effects, and Doppler effects;
  • DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL MAJOR SUBSYSTEMS OF MODERN RADARS, such as the antenna, transmitter, receiver, including modern architectural elements such as exciters, and advanced signal processors; and:
  • SIGNAL AND DATA PROCESSING BASICS, from digital signal processing (DSP) fundamentals, through detection, Doppler processing, waveforms and pulse compression, basic imaging concepts, and tracking fundamentals.
While several established books address introductory radar systems, Principles of Modern Radar differs from these in its breadth of coverage, its emphasis on current methods (without losing sight of bedrock principles), and its adoption of an appropriate level of quantitative rigor for the intended audience of students and new professional hires.

Special Note - Community Reviews
The manuscript for this book was reviewed by over 50 professionals in academia, military, and commercial enterprises. These reviewers were among thousands of potential users approached by the publisher and asked to share their expertise and experience in radar training and instruction. Their extensive comments, corrections, and insights ensure that Principles of Modern Radar will meet the needs of modern radar educators and students around the world. Written and edited by world-renowned radar instructors and critically reviewed by users before publication, this is truly a “radar community-driven” book. See the list of Master Reviewers and Reviewers below.


Ch. 1 Introduction and Radar Overview (James A. Scheer, William A. Holm)
Ch. 2 The Radar Range Equation (James A. Scheer)
Ch. 3 Radar Search and Overview of Detection in Interference (James A. Scheer)
Ch. 4 Propagation Effects and Mechanisms (Jay Saffold)
Ch. 5 Characteristics of Clutter (Nicholas C. Currie)
Ch. 6 Target Reflectivity (John F. Shaeffer)
Ch. 7 Target Fluctuation Models (Mark A. Richards)
Ch. 8 Doppler Phenomenology and Data Acquisition (William A. Holm, Mark A. Richards)
Ch. 9 Radar Antennas (Christopher D. Bailey)
Ch. 10 Radar Transmitters (Tracy V. Wallace, Randy J. Jost, Paul Schmid)
Ch. 11 Radar Receivers (Joseph A. Bruder)
Ch. 12 Radar Exciters (James A. Scheer)
Ch. 13 The Radar Signal Processor (Mark A. Richards)
Ch. 14 Digital Signal Processing Fundamentals for Radar (Mark A. Richards)
Ch. 15 Threshold Detection of Radar Targets (Mark A. Richards)
Ch. 16 Constant False Alarm Rate Detectors (Byron M. Keel)
Ch. 17 Doppler Processing (Mark A. Richards)
Ch. 18 Radar Measurements (W. Dale Blair, Mark A. Richards, David A. Long)
Ch. 19 Radar Tracking Algorithms (W. Dale Blair)
Ch. 20 Fundamentals of Pulse Compression Waveforms (Byron Keel)
Ch. 21 An Overview of Radar Imaging (Gregory A. Showman)

Mark Richards  

Dr. Mark A. Richards
Volume editor-in-chief and multiple chapter author

Mark Richards is a faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, teaching and conducting research in the areas of digital signal processing, radar signal processing, and high performance embedded computing. He was previously Chief of the Radar Systems Division in the Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). He is the author of Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing (McGraw-Hill, 2005), as well as co-editor or contributor to four other books. He received his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 1982.

James Scheer  

Mr. James A. Scheer
Associate volume editor and multiple chapter author

Jim Scheer has 40 years of hands-on experience in the design, development, and analysis of radar systems. He currently consults and works part time for GTRI and teaches radar-related short courses. He began his career with the General Electric Company (now Lockheed Martin Corporation), working on the F-111 attack radar system. In 1975 he moved to GTRI, where he worked on radar system applied research until his retirement in 2004. Mr. Scheer is an IEEE Life Fellow and holds a BSEE degree from Clarkson University and the MSEE degree from Syracuse University.

Bill Holm  

Dr. William A. Holm
Associate volume editor and multiple chapter co-author

Bill Holm is Program Director for the GTRI Defense Electronics Short Courses and is a principal research scientist at the GTRI/SEAL. He is currently conducting research in radar systems design and signal processing techniques and also teaches physics in the Georgia Tech School of Physics. His research in radar technology and related subjects has resulted in over 65 technical papers, research papers, and book chapters. Dr. Holm has over 25 years of teaching experience, including the “Principles of Modern Radar” and “Basic Radar Concepts” short courses. Dr. Holm holds a Ph.D. degree in Physics from Georgia Tech.



Mr. Christopher Bailey
Chapter 9 – Radar Antennas
Chris Bailey is a GTRI research engineer with experience in phased-array antenna design, analysis, and modeling, and phased-array radar-system engineering. His recent research efforts include digital beamforming, overlapped subarrays architectures, and low-power/low-cost arrays. Bailey has written numerous reports on phased array technology and regularly teaches phased array courses with the Georgia Tech Defense Technology Professional Education Program. He holds a M.S.E.E. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S.E.E. from North Carolina State University

Dr. William Dale Blair
Chapter 18 – Radar Measurements and Chapter 19 – Radar Tracking Algorithms
Dr. Blair is the academic administrator of the Radar Tracking GTRI Defense course. He is a senior research engineer at the GTRI Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory (SEAL), and has been involved in the research and development and testing of target tracking algorithms and radar signal processing for more than 14 years, and is currently involved in phased array radar and multisensor tracking.

Mr. Joseph A. Bruder, PE
Chapter 11 – Radar Receivers

Joe Bruder retired from GTRI after 25 years but is actively working part-time there and Stiefvater Consultants. He has extensive experience in radar sensor technology, including radar system design, analysis and evaluation, test planning, testing and test measurements. At the USAF Rome Laboratory his research areas were space-based radar, bistatic radar, foliage penetration, and bird hazard detection. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the IEEE/AESS Radar Systems Panel and is the standards representative for the Panel.

Mr. Nicholas (Nick) C. Currie
Chapter 5: Radar Clutter Characteristics

Nick Currie served on the staff of GTRI for 30 years, performing measurements of the radar backscatter of the sea, rain, snow, vegetation, and sea ice, military and civilian land vehicles, small waterborne craft, missiles, and aircraft. He has consulted with DARPA and the National Institute of Justice on concealed weapon detection and through-the-wall surveillance, and with the USAF Rome Laboratory in the development of a cylindrical, bistatic RCS range. He is a Fellow of the IEEE for work in millimeter wave measurements. He has edited and coauthored four books in the field of radar measurements and clutter.

Dr. Randy J. Jost
Chapter 10 – Radar Transmitters

Dr. Randy J. Jost is a Senior Scientist at the Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory. He also holds adjunct positions in both the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Physics Department. His areas of research expertise include Computational Electromagnetics, Radar, Remote Sensing, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Wireless Communication, Electronic Materials, Electromagnetic Measurements and Metrology & Characterization of Antenna, Radar and Optical Measurement Systems. Dr. Jost is an active member and officer in the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society and the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA).

Dr. Byron M. Keel
Chapter 16 – CFAR Processors and Chapter 20 – Pulse Compression Fundamentals

Byron Keel is a Principal Research Engineer and Head of the Signal Processing Branch within the Radar Systems Division of GTRI. He has over 20 years of experience and active research in radar waveform design, signal processing, and systems analysis. He regularly teaches in GTRI sponsored short courses including “Principles of Modern Radar” and is course director and principal lecturer in “Radar Waveforms.”

Dr. David G. Long
Chapter 18 – Radar Measurements

Dr. David G. Long, is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Brigham Young University (BYU) and is Director of the BYU Center for Remote Sensing. He has over 20 years of experience in the design of remote sensing radar systems, signal processing, and systems analysis. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Mr. Jay Saffold
Chapter 4 – Propagation Effects and Mechanisms

Jay Saffold is the Chief Scientist for RNI and has over 20 years engineering experience in both military and industry research in RF tags, virtual reality, digital databases, soldier tracking systems, millimeter wavelength (MMW) radar, multimode (MMW and optical) sensor fusion, fire-control radar, electronic warfare, survivability, signal processing, and strategic defense architecture. He lectures annually for GTRI on remote sensing and signal processing. He has authored or co-authored over 104 technical papers and reports. He holds a BSEE degree from Auburn University.

Dr. John Shaeffer
Chapter 6 – Target Reflectivity

John Shaeffer has taught short courses on Radar Cross Section for over twenty years and is coauthor of Radar Cross Section, 2nd Edition (SciTech Publishing), the leading book on the subject. He has held senior engineering positions at McDonnell Douglas, GTRI, Lockheed Martin, and NASA, and was co-founder of Marietta Scientific and founder of Matrix Compression Technologies, LLC. He earned his PhD in Physics from Saint Louis University (1971).

Dr. Gregory A. Showman
Chapter 21 – Introduction to Radar Imaging

Greg Showman is a Senior Research Engineer at GTRI, acts as the Director of the Adaptive Sensor Technology Project Office within GTRI, and has over 20 years of experience in radar modeling, performance analysis, and signal processing algorithm development.

Mr. Tracy Wallace
Chapter 10 – Radar Transmitters

Tracy Wallace is Division Chief for the Air and Missile Defense Division of GTRI’s Sensors and Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory. He supports solid-state, active-aperture radar development with focus on the frontend electronics, power systems, and system performance assessment. He has also designed and built high power tube-based transmitters for instrumentation radars. He teaches in numerous radar-related short courses: Principles of Modern Radar, Phased Array Radar Systems, Space-Based Radar, Transmit/Receive Modules for Phased Array Radar, and Coherent Radar Performance Estimation.

Dr. Paul E. Schmid
Chapter 10 – Radar Transmitters

Dr. Paul E. Schmid, is president/owner of Engineering Systems, Inc. a Virginia consulting firm. He has fifty years industry and government experience in electromagnetic propagation, aerospace electronics, radio frequency systems, optical systems, and antenna theory that includes significant contributions to the Navy’s AEGIS phased array radar, NASA’s Apollo Program, and over fifty technical papers. He is a Life Senior Member of the IEEE.



  • G. Richard Curry - Consulting in Radar System Applications
  • Byron Edde, Consultant in Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems
  • Dr. Marshall Greenspan, Senior Systems Consulting Engineer - Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Paul Hannen - SAIC, Beavercreek, OH and Wright State University
  • Randy Jost - Utah State University
  • David G. Long, Professor - Brigham Young University
  • Dr. John M. Milan - Consultant
  • Simon Watts, Deputy Scientific Director - Thales, UK Aerospace Division


  • Dr. Clive Alabaster, Lecturer - Cranfield University
  • Ronald Aloysius, Fellow Engineer - Northrop Grumman
  • Chris Baker, Dean & Director - ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, Canberra
  • Edward Barile, Senior Principal Engineer - Raytheon
  • Dan Bernabei - Engineer Scientist - Department of Defense
  • Lee Blanton, Radar Systems Engineer - General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
  • Neal Brune, VP Countermeasures R&D - Esterline Defense Technologies
  • Koen van Caekenberghe - University of Michigan
  • Gerry Cain - DSP Creations, Ltd.
  • Kernan Chaisson, Air Force Retired, Washington Editor - Forecast International
  • I-Ting Chiang, Applicant Consultant - Lorentz Solution, Inc.
  • Jean-Yves Chouinard, Professor - Université Laval, Quebec Canada
  • Lawrence Cohen, Electronics Engineer - Radar Division, Naval Research Laboratory
  • Carlton Davis, Advisory Engineer - Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Patrick Dever - Fellow Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Robert Egri - Cobham, DES
  • John J. Ermer, Engineering Fellow - Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems
  • Dr. Mark Frank, Principal Engineer - Rohde & Schwarz Inc.
  • Christophe Fumeaux, Associate Professor - University of Adelaide
  • Fulvio Gini, Professor - University of Pisa
  • Nathan A. Goodman, Associate Professor - The University of Arizona
  • Dr. Martie Goulding, Senior Radar Systems Engineer - MacDonald Dettwiler & Associates
  • John M. Green, Senior Instructor - Naval Postgraduate School
  • Hugh Griffiths - University College London
  • Dr. Walter Gustavo Fano, Associate Professior - Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia San Juan Bosco
  • Stephen Harman - Radar Systems Technical Manager - QinetiQ
  • Dr. Joseph Hucks, Electrical Engineer - Harris Corporation
  • Alan Keith - Boeing
  • Stephane Kemkemian, Radar Senior Expert - Thales Airborne Systems-France
  • Dr. Anatolii Kononov, Senior Researcher - Dept. of Radio and Space Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Theodoros G. Kostis - University of the Aegean
  • Richard Lane, Research Scientist - QinetiQ
  • Tony Leotta, Radar Consultant - ADL Associates
  • Richard Lethin, President - Reservoir Labs
  • Maurice Long - Private Consultant, Adjunct Professor, Southern Polytechnic State University
  • David Lynch - President, DL Science, Inc.
  • David Mackes, Senior Engineer - Northrop Grumman
  • Kevin McClaning, Senior RF Designer - Johns Hopkins University
  • Anders Nelander - Swedish Defense Research Agency
  • Natalia K. Nikolova, Professor - McMaster University
  • Myriam Nouvel, Search Engineer - Thales Radar and Warfare Technical Directorate
  • Dr. Chris Oliver, CBE, Technical Director - InfoSAR
  • Karl Erik Olsen, Senior Scientist - Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
  • Dr. Pinaki S. Ray, Research Associate - The University of Adelaide
  • Brian Rigling, Associate Professor - Wright State University
  • Firooz Sadjaji, Senior Staff Research Scientist - Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Dr. Earl Sager, Radar Physics Group Chief Scientist - System Planning Corporation
  • Paul E. Schmid, Ph.D., President - Engineering Systems, Inc.
  • John Shipley - Harris Govt. Communications
  • John Spurlin, Ph.D., P.E., Professor - Norfolk State University
  • Roger Sullivan - Institute for Defense Analysis (retired)
  • Ching Yeng Tan, Research Assistant - The University of Nottingham, Malaysia
  • Jay Virts - Raytheon Corporation, El Segundo, California
  • John Wendler - Harris Corporation
  • Andreas Wiessman - GAMMA Remote Sensing AG, Switzerland
  • Dick Wiley - Syracuse Research Associates (retired)
  • Ben Winstead, Principal Development Engineer - Honeywell International, Inc.

ADOPTERS (Back to Top)

  • Air Force Institute of Technology
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • Wright State University
  • Johns Hopkins University - Applied Physics Lab
  • Utah State University
  • Lockheed Martin (Corporate Training)
  • Northrop Grumman (Corporate Training)
  • Auburn University
  • Brigham Young University
  • University of Cape Town
  • Royal Military College - Canada
  • University of Alabama - Huntsville
  • University of Colorado - Colorado Springs

REVIEWS (Back to Top)

A collection of reviews submitted directly to us, and those posted on Amazon.com

"This book is unique in that it is written so that people can understand it easily, and quickly. Great pains were taken to make sure that this is not just another radar book to sit on the shelves of a company library or in the home of an engineer who just likes to buy nice books. This one is meant to be used, read, and profited from. Each contributor has given not just his slant on their subject, but has made extra effort to TEACH the material, and there are not many books like that, especially when there are multiple authors. The style is even and clear throughout. I recommend it to new engineers hired to work on radar systems and older ones who need to brush up or learn things they never had a chance to work on in their careers. Highly recommended. I was one of the reviewers for some of the chapters, and the process of review was thorough and complete. Suggestions for more clarity were welcomed and used. This project was something all the contributors can be proud of. And I am honored that the publisher asked me to participate." - Edward C. Barile, Raytheon

"I am finding that the book, Principles of Modern Radar, is an excellent addition to my bookshelf. While some textbooks can be confusing and appear somewhat encyclopedic, Principles of Modern Radar provides clear explanations of radar principles. The authors of the twenty one chapters took great pains to produce text that is easy to read and understand. A unique feature of the book is the introduction to radar provided in the first three chapters. In these chapters, basic ideas of range, angle, and Doppler measurements are introduced, followed by introductions to the radar range equation and the principles of target detection. These first three chapters pave the way for an understanding of the chapters to follow. These later chapters go into more details of radar phenomenology, such as propagation effects, Doppler principles, and target characteristics, and details of the radar hardware. My personal favorite part of the book is Part IV, dealing with the principles of radar signal processing." - Ronald Aloysius, Northrop Grumman Corporation

"This book is very comprehensive in dealing with all of the topics of interest in radar. I consider a book to be of excellent quality when it provides a high level of detail in both its description of physical processes and in the mathematics that describes those processes. This book deals with that extremely well. A third sign of excellence is the number, scope and quality of the graphics that provides the reader with a good understanding of the physical nature of radar (pictures of the components and products) and of the diagrams and plots that describe phenomenae and processes. This book is equal to "Introduction to Airborne Radar" by George Stimson in its graphics quality, is equal to Skolnik's "Radar Handbook" in its comprehensiveness, and has a level of detail that can only be found by reading several texts. It should be a part of everyone's library of radar texts." - Earl Sager, SysPlan Corporation

"This is well-written, readable book that covers all the basics in modern radar. It is sure to be the new standard with its breadth of topics and depth of coverage. It can be used as a text book in a beginning radar class, and is equally valuable for the self learner. The modern system approach is particularly helpful in putting the various components of radar in context. I will be using this book in a graduate class on radar." - David D. Long, Brigham Young University

"This is a landmark publication for radar professionals everywhere. It is also a critical component of the library of those interested in ELectronic Warfare and ELectronic Intelligence (ELiNT)." - Richard Wiley, Syracuse Research Associates

"This should be required reading, and the basis of every undergraduate or industry course, for both future engineers as well as any others working in the field who need a solid introduction to modern radar. It is an easily understandable, yet truly comprehensive, text that is designed from the ground up as a teaching textbook, rather than as a reference handbook. Each chapter includes a set of related problems to test the student's understanding of the material plus a well-organized list of additional suggested readings if the student wants to explore any specific topic in more detail.
Answers to selected problems in each chapter are provided in the back of the book and answers to others are intentionally omitted -- an approach that makes this book ideally suited for both a self-taught course as well as for use in a more formal classroom environment." - Marshall Greenspan, Northrop Grumman Corporation

"I started reading "Principles of Modern Radar" and have had trouble putting it down. The book provides detailed and concise explanations on all of the important radar topics. Whether one is a seasoned radar systems engineer in need of a review or has just started working in radar this book addresses the needs of all." - Lawrence S. Cohen, Naval Research Laboratory

My copy of POMR arrived today, and I just spent the evening paging through it. It is an impressive work. I had not realized just how comprehensive it is until examining it closely. I believe it surpasses Skolnik's handbook (although I have not seen his latest version), and should become the standard reference for radar engineers. At just over $100, it is a real bargain, too. - G. Richard Curry