Passive Radar with Spaceborne Illuminators of Opportunity (IoO)

University of Birmingham - MISL - Microwave Integrated Systems Laboratory, Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship to undertake research in the area of Passive Coherent Location systems (PCLs) for area surveillance and objects detection and tracking. In contrast to conventional radar, where the active transmitter and the receiver are co-located and the waveform and hardware are at the designer’s control, PCLs use transmitters (or illuminators) of opportunity such as FM radio, DAB and DVB-T broadcasting stations and process reflections of such signals from the objects in the surveillance area. This project will research the feasibility of a new area of PCLs using space borne rather than terrestrial IoOs, such as mobile communication or global navigation satellites, (eg Inmarsat, GPS, Galileo) to overcome the geographical coverage limitations of terrestrial IoOs. The study will be jointly supervised by Dr Marina Gashinova and Prof Mike Cherniakov. It is expected that the student will work in close collaboration with other researchers in the university and in an environment that combines academic research with experimental work and hardware development.

Candidates should have a first class honours degree or equivalent (and preferably a Masters Degree) in any relevant area including Electronic Engineering, Communications, Physics, or a related field, and the ability to demonstrate a strong physical background and analytical skills. Matlab programming skills are also required.

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