34th Conference on Radar Meteorology


Mode of dual polarization: phased array versus parabolic dish

Svetlana M. Bachmann, Lockheed Martin MS2, Syracuse, NY; and Y. Al-Rashid and M. D. Tracy

This paper does not present any novel material whatsoever. Instead, it provides a succinct summary of the pros and cons induced by the modes of dual polarization and contrasts the differences for the two types of radar systems: (1) mechanically steered parabolic dish, such as in weather surveillance radar 1988 Doppler (WSR-88D) and (2) electronically scanned phased array radar (PAR). Our goal is to highlight that PAR has a different set of pros and cons associated with its dual polarization capability compared to that of WSR-88D. The paper discusses why a certain mode of dual polarization on WSR-88D was chosen in the past, and explains how this choice might be different on PAR in the future.

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Poster Session 10, Advanced Radar Technologies II
Thursday, 8 October 2009, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM, President's Ballroom

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