Probability of Detection for Fluctuating Targets

by Peter Swerling

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An analysis of the probability of detection of a target by a pulsed search radar, when the target has a fluctuating cross section. Formulas for detection probability and curves of detection probability versus range are considered for several models of target fluctuation.

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