In Your Own Words with Nicholas O’Donoughue

When Artech House authors write their books, we ask them what they want their readers to get out of the project. In this series, we show you what our authors, in their own words, wish to impart upon readers. Nicholas O’Donoughue, author of Emitter Detection and Geolocation for Electronic Warfare, describes what his book is about:

The field of Electronic Warfare is very broad, and research is still active.  A quick glance at the catalog of already published works reveals no shortage of introductory texts, historical accounts, and expertly researched manuals.  This book aims to strike a balance between clearly written introductory texts, such as David Adamy’s EW 101 series of books, and comprehensive reference manuals, such as Richard Poisel’s Electronic Warfare: Receivers and Receiving Systems.

The purpose of this book is to provide a consistent theoretical formulation for detection and geolocation of threat emitters.  It contains a formal background, rooted in statistical signal processing and array processing theory.   The book is broken into three parts, broadly described as Detection of Threat Emitters, Angle of Arrival Estimation, and Geolocation of Threat Emitters.  Throughout this book, references are provided for additional reading.

This text comes with MATLAB code for the examples given, figures generated, and algorithms presented.  Problem sets are provided for each technical chapter.  The consistent formulation will be useful for college courses, at the graduate or advanced undergraduate level, supported by the problem sets.  The MATLAB code will assist practitioners, system designers, and researchers in understanding and implementing the algorithms in this text, as well as developing new approaches to solving these problems.

Select algorithms include a CFAR detector and angle of arrival estimation algorithms based on  Watson-Watt, Doppler, and Interferometric receivers, as well as standard and Capon beamformers, and subspace-based methods (such as MUSIC).  Geolocation algorithms provided include iterative and deterministic solutions to Angle-of-Arrival triangulation, Time Difference of Arrival, Frequency Difference of Arrival, and hybrid approaches.

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