Photonic based marine radar demonstrator

Francesco Laghezza, Filippo Scotti, Paolo Ghelfi, Antonella Bogoni, Luca Banchi, Vincenzo Malaspina, Giovanni Serafino

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This paper presents the results obtained during the field trial experiments of the first photonic-based radar system demonstrator, in a real maritime environment. The developed demonstrator exploits photonic technologies for both the generation and the detection of radar RF signals, allowing increased performance even in term of system flexibility. The photonic radar performance have been compared with a state of the art commercial system for maritime applications provided by GEM elettronica resorting to ad-hoc laboratory tests which show comparable results in term of pre and post detection capability. Moreover, to further validate the effectiveness of the implemented architecture, comparison trials of the two radar systems have also been presented in an operative scenario with non cooperative targets in the area of San Bendetto del Tronto port (Italy).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Radar Conference (2015 IEEE International radar Conference), 10-15 May, 2015, Arlington, VA, USA
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4799-8232-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-8233-2
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event2015 IEEE International Radar Conference (RadarCon 2015) - Mariott Crystal Gateway, Arlington, United States
Duration: 10 May 201515 May 2015


Conference2015 IEEE International Radar Conference (RadarCon 2015)
Abbreviated titleRadarCon 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Bandwidth
  • GEM elettronica
  • Italy
  • Laser radar
  • Photonics
  • Radar detection
  • Radio frequency
  • Receivers
  • San Bendetto del Tronto port
  • ad-hoc laboratory tests
  • field trial experiments
  • marine radar
  • microwave photonics
  • noncooperative target
  • photonic radar performance
  • photonic technology
  • photonic-based marine radar demonstrator
  • post-detection capability
  • pre-detection capability
  • radar RF signal detection
  • radar RF signal generation
  • radar detection
  • radar system
  • real maritime environment
  • system flexibility


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