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Introduction to Radar Systems Hardcover – August 15, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0072909807 ISBN-10: 0072909803 Edition: 3rd

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  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill College; 3rd edition (August 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072909803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072909807
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,260,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a good book for those who are new to the subject.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to learn about radar.
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This is one of the best text books that I have ever read.
Abby Anderson

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This third edition is much more readable than the second edition. A vast improvement in the breadth of topics, and also the depth of topics over the second edition. A good introduction to radars and how they work. For the die-hard technical person, however, the Radar Handbook (also by Skolnik) is still king. This book does not get into the detail of the Radar Handbook. However, someone just learning radar would find the extreme detail of the Radar Handbook too confusing. This book is a good starting place. Even if you own the second edition, you might want to upgrade to this one - the format and topics have improved that much.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
An excellent, thorough, straightforward introduction to radar technology. A little dated, however. Written on the level of an introductory graduate text. Essential for professionals new to the field and useful as a refresher for veteran radar engineers. Outclasses the competition.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Kang on January 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
These comments are ref. to the second edition.
Simply a great primer for a new Design Engineer. Explains clearly the basic prinicipals and equations used in Radar technology. If you get to know the stuff explained in this book, you will not have any difficulty about the terms used by the Radar gurus, such as Radar Cross-Section, Radar equations, radar signal returns, received power, fluctuations in Radar Cross-section, S/N ratio of the received signals etc. Virtually everyone that works in a Radar industry would have read at least some sections in this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Minnick on January 25, 2003
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I was in the USAF for 9 years and am now studying for a degree as an electronics technician. While in the service, I worked a variety of radar jammers and receivers and this volume has pieced together very well that is going on at the other end of the radar. While I learned how radars worked, I learned more how to exploit weaknesses, not the ins and outs of how exactly they were supposed to work. This book was very helpful in enhancing my knowledge of radar, and is an invaluable reference in my library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rajesh S. Raghavan on December 23, 2008
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Merrill Skolnik is one of the masters in the field of radar, and his books certainly do not disappoint. If one does not want to be overwhelmed by the level of detail in the Radar Handbook, a newer edition of which has been published, this book, Radar Systems is definitely the place to start.

Chapter 2 provides a comprehensive description of the Radar Equation which is the basis for any further understanding of the subject. Chapters 3 & 4 cover MTI/Pulse Doppler Radar and Tracking Radars respectively.

Chapter 7 gives a good overview of the topic of Radar Clutter. Clutter from the environment is inherently present in any radar image. Chapter 8 briefly discusses the propagation of radar waves in the atmosphere. If one wants to know more than this chapter provides, one would have to gain familiarity with Maxwell's Equations and consult an Electromagnetics text.

Chapters 9-11 wrap up this edition of Radar Systems by discussing the Radar Antenna, Transmitter, and Receiver respectively.

If one actually wants to learn the theory behind radar receivers, I would recommend the mathematically detailed books by Van Trees: Volume I on Detection and Estimation, and Volume III on Radar Signal Processing. For a more introductory overview to Radar Signal Processing, consult the recent book by Mark Richards of Georgia Tech, by the same name.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abby Anderson on April 24, 2012
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This is one of the best text books that I have ever read. It is well written, and every once in a while the author's dry sense of humor is showcased. The book is well organized starting with a general overview of radar, its history, and the basic principles behind radars. Each chapter is devoted to a specific aspect of radar design such as clutter, antennae, receivers, etc. The author presents some basic math but is not overly math intensive. The most surprising (and my favorite) thing about the book is that the author presents not only what works in radar design but also what has been tried and doesn't work. He also explains why something does not work without going into details that are outside the scope of the book. This book is well worth the investment.
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