Effects of Bistatic Operation in Harmonic Radar

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Harmonic radar systems are used to interrogate, or track a location of, passive nonlinear targets in highly cluttered environments, and they are notorious for their poor power efficiency and low detection ranges. Due to harmonic operation, the received signal power close to maximum range becomes inversely proportional to the fourth power of the forward distance (from the radar transmitter to the harmonic target), compared against the inverse second power law for the return distance (from the harmonic target back to the radar receiver). This difference provides additional degrees of freedom for system design when a harmonic radar transmitter and receiver can be positioned at different distances to the target. This paper investigates the effect this has on detection range in harmonic radar
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th European Radar Conference
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-87487-071-2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2022
Event19th European Radar Conference, EuRAD 2022 - MiCo, Milan, Italy
Duration: 25 Sept 202230 Sept 2022
Conference number: 19


Conference19th European Radar Conference, EuRAD 2022
Abbreviated titleEuRAD 2022


  • harmonic radar
  • harmonic tags
  • bistatic range


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