Last Updated September 20, 2016 of
Radar Signal Processing,
Second Edition

Mark A. Richards

McGraw-Hill, New York, 2014


New in this edition:

o   “Measurements and Tracking” chapter

o   “Selected Topics in Probability and Random Processes” appendix

o   Problem sets at the end of each chapter.


For a fuller description of the goal of the book and of what has changed and what hasn’t, see

      Preface to the Second Edition

      Table of Contents of the Second Edition


Sample chapters:

      Chapter 1: Introduction to Radar Systems and Signal Processing

       Chapter 4: Radar Waveforms


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This book can be purchased at the following links, among others:


o    McGraw-Hill Professional

§  Hardcover

§  eBook

o    Amazon

o    Barnes and Noble


Coming soon: eBook editions from Amazon (Kindle), Apple (iBookstore), Google (Play), and others.


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Errata for the second edition are available here.


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FRSP coverSupport information for the first edition, including errata sheets and instructor resource information, is available here.




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Recommended to accompany Fundamentals of Radar Signal Processing (FRSP):
the Principles of Modern Radar (POMR) series




Principles of Modern Radar: Basic Principles, is the perfect “Radar 101” text.  Ideal as both a text for newcomers and a reference for practitioners, it covers basic radar concepts and physics, subsystem technologies such as antennas and transmitters, and basic processing. It provides an excellent foundation for the “Radar 102” level of FRSP.

Principles of Modern Radar: Advanced Techniques builds on the foundation of POMR: Basic Principles and FRSP to explore advanced methods in waveforms, imaging, and adaptive processing; emerging techniques such as MIMO radar and compressive sensing, and a variety of special topics.

Principles of Modern Radar: Applications shows how the techniques of FRSP and the first two POMR volumes are put to use in real radars. Radar designs and performance are described for 16 different types of civilian and military radar systems, from simple police speed radars to advanced space-based surveillance systems.


All three volumes are available individually or as a set from from SciTech Publishing via this link.


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Supplemental Notes

Following are technical memoranda with supplemental information on selected topics in the text. Check back for updates to this list.


o    Binary Integration Gain


o    Optimum Bandpass Filter Bandwidth for a Rectangular Pulse


o    Notes on Noncoherent Integration Gain


o    SW2 is the Same as SW3 When N=2


o    Alternative Forms of Albersheim's Equation


o    Keystone Formatting for Range Migration Compensation


o    Resampling by DFT Zero Padding


o    A Note on Upsampling by Integer Factors Using the DFT


o    A Slight Extension to “Coherent Integration Loss Due to White Gaussian Phase Noise”


o    Noncoherent Integration Gain and its Approximation


o    Notes on the Billingsley Clutter ICM Model


o    Derivation of the Range-Doppler Algorithm Frequency Response


o    The DTFT and DFT of Noise


o    A Numerical Issue in Computing the Rician and Noncentral Chi-Square PDFs


o    Generating Swerling Random Sequences


o    Discrete-Time Gaussian Fourier Transform Pair, and Generating a Complex Gaussian Random Process with a Gaussian Power Spectrum


o    Relationship Between Temporal and Spatial Frequency in Radar Imaging


o    Stepped Frequency Range Profile Parameters


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MATLAB Supplements

A collection of GUI-based demos, non-GUI-based demos, and student projects demonstrating such concepts and techniques as linear FM waveforms, RCS statistics, pulse Doppler processing, etc. are available here.

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