Single-Course English 10 ECTS

Radar and Radiometer Systems

Overall Course Objectives

The course emphasizes system aspects and deals with two important microwave sensors – radar and radiometer systems – used for remote sensing and surveillance. The aim is that the student will eventually be able to perform a proper system analysis and design of radar and radiometer systems for various applications.

Learning Objectives

  • discuss radar equation and analyze its concequences
  • demonstrate and analyze MTI and Tracking radars
  • analyse and develop pulse compression techniques
  • analyse and design radar systems
  • analyse and design SAR techniques
  • analyse and design ice sounding radars
  • discuss and analyse radiometer types
  • discuss imaging radiometer systems
  • analyse and design radiometer systems
  • organize project work
  • write technical report.

Course Content

The course will describe systems like airport traffic control radar, weather radar, air- and spaceborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR), and ice sounding radar. The theory behind the systems is described, and the systems are worked through on a block diagram level. Likewise, radiometer systems are introduced: What is radiometry, radiometer principles, imaging radiometer systems, and polarimetric radiometer. The course is strongly related to the sensor development taking place at DTU Space within airborne SAR and radiometer.

Recommended prerequisites

31405/30405, General knowledge about electronics and electronic systems and some about high frequency and microwave techniques. Also, knowledge about signal analysis and programming, e.g. MATLAB, is required.

Teaching Method

Lectures, group work, and project work.



The course is closely related to 30350 Remote Sensing.

Limited number of seats

Maximum: 40.

Please be aware that this course has a limited number of seats available. If there are too many applicants, a pool will be created for the remainder of the qualified applicants, and they will be selected at random. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether you have been allocated a spot.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 30340
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17

15.000,00 DKK

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