PRELIMINARY EXPERIMENTAL STUDY OF EMAC PROBE USING ACOUSTIC SHOCK WAVES AS REFLECTING SURFACES.
Final rept., Nov 63-Jan 65,
BOLT BERANEK AND NEWMAN INC CAMBRIDGE MASS
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Preliminary experiments have been made in an attempt to demonstrate the feasibility of reflecting radar from an acoustic shock wave. Tests were conducted using UHF radar 71.5 cm wavelength to view sonic boom shock waves. However, ground clutter raised the effective noise level and atmospheric turbulence may have roughened the shock front enough to decrease the returned signal level significantly as a result, no indication of a return identifiable with the sonic boom shock front was observed. It is concluded that the use of Doppler techniques to eliminate clutter and the use of coherent integration to increase the effective signal level are necessary for the success of this EMAC probe technique. Brief theoretical and experimental studies of shock wave sources were conducted. Proposals are presented for further definitive experiments. Author
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation