Faculty Advisor

Emanuel, Alexander E.

Project Center

MIT Lincoln Laboratory-Lexington, Massachusetts


This is a comprehensive report on the feasibility of using an analog optical link for transmission of a received radar signal from the antenna to the back-end of the receiver, located on the ground. Such a change from the coaxial cable which is currently being used would allow for remoting of the back-end of the radar receiver, due to the much lower losses encountered in the use of analog optical links. The report examines instantaneous dynamic range and radar receiver sensitivity to determine if a commercially available link could seamlessly be inserted, or if an analog optical link needs to be designed at a component level in order to meet the radar receiver specifications.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2009


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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