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Title:Calibration of Jicamarca radar using F-region incoherent scatter for measurements of D-region backscatter RCS
Author(s):Akgiray, Ahmed H.
Advisor(s):Kudeki, Erhan
Department / Program:Electrical & Computer Engineering
Discipline:Electrical and Computer Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.S. (master's)
Subject(s):Atmospheric remote sensing
Atmospheric modeling
Incoherent scatter radar
Radar calibration
Jicamarca Radio Observatory
Abstract:This thesis presents calibrated radar measurements of absolute backscatter cross sections of mesospheric radar echoes observed at the Jicamarca Radio Observatory in Perú. Radar system calibration is accomplished by simulating the propagation of transmitted and backscattered radio waves through the ionosphere and comparing the simulated power returns to the measurements. The forward model used in the calibration algorithm is based on magnetoionic theory, incoherent scatter radar theory, and antenna theory. Based on comparison with published results, as well as with crude estimates, we conclude that the forward model accurately represents propagation in the ionosphere, and that backscatter cross sections are consistent with power measurements at Jicamarca.
Issue Date:2007
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Sponsor:Nation Science Foundation grant NSF ATM 04-22661
Rights Information:Copyright 2007 by Ahmed H. Akgiray. All rights reserved
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-07-16

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