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D. K. Barton ; Raytheon Company, Bedford, Mass.

The problems of low-angle tracking over the earth's surface are explored in the light of rough-surface scattering theory. A detailed model of diffuse scattering is constructed which agrees with available test data and which permits the power distributions in radar coordinates to be estimated. Using this model, the potential performance of various techniques proposed for avoidance of multi-path is evaluated, Several are found effective in maintaining tracks of reasonable accuracy down to one-fourth beamwidth above the horizon, but no generally practical solution to height measurement below that angle appears available.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:62 ,  Issue: 6 )