Novel waveform for magnetron radar

N. Levanon, E. Ben-Yaacov, D. Quartler

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review


Magnetron does not lend itself to pulse-compression. To achieve narrow range resolution it must transmit short pulses. For given peak-power, antenna-gain and rotation-rate, increasing energy-on-target can be achieved by increasing the pulse repetition frequency (PRF), which is ordinarily limited by the specified unambiguous range. The proposed pulse-train waveform unties the two. Transmitting the first or second out of each pair of pulses of a uniform pulse-train, according to a periodic code, can extend the unambiguous range considerably beyond what the original PRF determines. In the receiver the envelope-detected return-pulses are correlated with a corresponding mismatched bipolar pulse-train. In addition to extending the unambiguous range, this detection concept performs Marcum's alternative integration scheme of "(signal + noise) - noise", exploiting its benefits. Successful coastal trials with modified civil marine magnetron radar are described.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIET International Conference on Radar Systems, Radar 2012
Edition603 CP
StatePublished - 2012
EventIET International Conference on Radar Systems, Radar 2012 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Oct 201225 Oct 2012

Publication series

NameIET Conference Publications
Number603 CP


ConferenceIET International Conference on Radar Systems, Radar 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Magnetron
  • PRI-coding
  • Radar
  • Waveform


Dive into the research topics of 'Novel waveform for magnetron radar'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this