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EFFECT OF ATMOSPHERIC PROPAGATION IN RCS PREDICTIONS

By A. Alexopoulos

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Abstract:
We consider how an electromagnetic field propagating to a target alters the radar cross section of the target relative to an observer. We derive the optimum high-frequency path for the fields using the calculus of variations and by using a realistic refractive index profile for the atmosphere obtain closed form solutions. It is found that the predicted nulls and peaks in the radar cross section of a scattering object relative to an observer are shifted from those normally expected from just the isolated object. Hence, for predictive purposes at least, radar cross section results need to incorporate the effects of atmospheric propagation.

Citation:
A. Alexopoulos, "Effect of atmospheric propagation in RCS predictions," Progress In Electromagnetics Research, Vol. 101, 277-290, 2010.
doi:10.2528/PIER09121509
http://www.jpier.org/PIER/pier.php?paper=09121509

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