13 May 2016 Capturing atmospheric effects on 3D millimeter wave radar propagation patterns
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Traditional radar propagation modeling is done using a path transmittance with little to no input for weather and atmospheric conditions. As radar advances into the millimeter wave (MMW) regime, atmospheric effects such as attenuation and refraction become more pronounced than at traditional radar wavelengths. The DoD High Energy Laser Joint Technology Offices High Energy Laser End-to-End Operational Simulation (HELEEOS) in combination with the Laser Environmental Effects Definition and Reference (LEEDR) code have shown great promise simulating atmospheric effects on laser propagation. Indeed, the LEEDR radiative transfer code has been validated in the UV through RF. Our research attempts to apply these models to characterize the far field radar pattern in three dimensions as a signal propagates from an antenna towards a point in space. Furthermore, we do so using realistic three dimensional atmospheric profiles. The results from these simulations are compared to those from traditional radar propagation software packages. In summary, a fast running method has been investigated which can be incorporated into computational models to enhance understanding and prediction of MMW propagation through various atmospheric and weather conditions.
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Richard D. Cook, Richard D. Cook, Steven T. Fiorino, Steven T. Fiorino, Kevin J. Keefer, Kevin J. Keefer, Jeremy Stringer, Jeremy Stringer, "Capturing atmospheric effects on 3D millimeter wave radar propagation patterns", Proc. SPIE 9833, Atmospheric Propagation XIII, 98330E (13 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224007; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2224007
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