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An Introduction to Passive Radar

An Introduction to Passive Radar

Copyright: 2017
Pages: 234
ISBN: 9781630814311

eBook £120.00

Developed by recognized experts in the field, this first-of-its-kind resource introduces the basic principles of passive radar technology and provides an overview of recent developments in this field and existing real passive radar systems. This book explains how passive radar works, how it differs from the active type, and demonstrates the benefits and drawbacks of this novel technology. Properties of illuminators, including ambiguity functions, digital vs. analog, digitally-coded waveforms, vertical-plane coverage, and satellite-borne and radar illuminators are explored.


Readers find practical guidance on direct signal suppression, passive radar performance prediction, and detection and tracking. This book provides concrete examples of systems and results, including analog TV, FM radio, cell phone base stations, DVB–T and DAB, HF skywave transmissions, indoor WiFi, satellite-borne illuminators, and low-cost scientific remote sensing. Future developments and applications of passive radar are also presented.

Principles of Passive Radar; Properties of Illuminators; Direct Signal Suppression; Passive Radar Performance Prediction; Detection and Tracking; Examples of Systems and Results; Future Developments and Applications.

  • Hugh D. Griffiths Hugh D. Griffiths hold the THALES/Royal Academy Chair of RF Sensors at University College London, UK. He received his Ph.D. and his D.Sc. Eng from University College London. He received his MA degree in physics from Oxford University, UK.
  • Christopher J. Baker Christopher J. Baker is chief technology officer with Aveillant Ltd. in Cambridge, UK. Previously he was the Ohio Research Scholar in Integrated Sensor Systems at Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. and B.Sc. in applied physics from the University of Hull, UK.


Review by: Teng Long, Beijing Institute of Technology - March 31, 2017

Passive radar systems encompass a class of radar systems that detect and track objects by processing reflections from non-cooperative sources of illumination in the environment, such as commercial broadcast and communications signals. In the early 1950s, some interesting properties of the scattered radar energy in bistatic radar systems were considered, which contributed the development of passive radar technology. Since 1980s, the passive radar systems aroused more and more research attentions from academia and industry. Several advantages can be obtained by passive radar, such as lower cost of procurement, operation and maintenance, physically small and flexible deployment, high capabilities against stealth aircraft, jamming and anti-radiation.


This is a comprehensive book on passive radar and bistatic technology, introducing the basic principles and the key technologies of performance prediction, detection and tracking of passive radar, and the future developments and applications and the latest technical progress in recent years. In particular, the core technology of bistatic radars discussed and compared, which provides a good overview and coverage of adaptive and block processing schemes, and interference suppression approaches for passive radar system. In addition, this book also introduces the application of bistatic passive radar system paradigm, including kinds of illuminators and various processing cases, which will provide an important technical support and reference for the design and processing of the novel passive radar system.


The book will most help the readers to obtain a solid foundation in the fundamental properties and a comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of passive radar system, high capabilities to solve the practical problems in passive radar application. This monograph can be a powerful reference for relative researchers from academia and industry to develop practical applications or exploit the academic essence of passive radar system.

Review by: Paul Howland, NATO Communications and Information Agency - March 31, 2017

To imagine that the room in which you are currently sitting is full of the reflections of dozens of broadcast transmitters from hundreds of distant aircraft and environmental features is quite remarkable. To understand that it is possible to then receive and process these signals to detect and track those aircraft at distances of tens or hundreds of kilometers using little more than a digital receiver and personal computer is even more so.


In this comprehensive and accessible review of the subject, the authors provide a comprehensive introduction to the state-of-the-art of passive radar. Starting with an overview of the field since the earliest experiments, the book systematically takes the reader through the physics and mathematics of passive radar systems, identifying the unique challenges and opportunities of this fascinating class of radar. After considering the unique geometrical aspects of passive radars, the book looks at the scattering properties of targets, the radar properties of different broadcast signals and then discusses the different elements of signal processing needed to suppress unwanted interference, and then detect and track the targets.


The book distinguishes itself from other radar textbooks by its clear prose, selection of key references and its emphasis on practical examples from real passive radar systems developed in recent years. This ensures that the book is not only the perfect companion text for any graduate student or engineer wishing to learn more about the topic, but also an enjoyable and engaging read.


If I was to buy one book on the subject of passive radar, this is the one I would choose. Comprehensive, practical, accessible and a perfect springboard into the wider published literature, I highly recommend it.

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