Analysis and Design of Retroreflectors
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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The enhancement of the radar cross section RCS of specific bodies above their normal cross section has several military and civilian applications e.g., sail boats and decoys. This enhancement is achieved by the use of retroreflectors. Retroreflectors are simple geometric conducting structures that concentrate the reflected wave back in the direction of incidence. They are capable of producing a high RCS over a wide range of aspect angles. This thesis examines the RCS performance of various common retroreflector geometries. The study is performed using two computational electromagnetic simulation codes a method of moments code and a physical optics code. The contour plots of RCS are presented for different geometries as a function of frequency. For retroreflectors composed of flat plates, the plate shape is varied to determine the affect of the plate size and profile on the RCS.
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