Microwave Journal

The Book End

September 1, 2001

The Book End

The RF and Microwave Handbook
Mike Golio, Ed.
1368 pages; $139.95
ISBN: 0-8493-8592-X

The purpose of the RF and Microwave Handbook is to provide a single-volume comprehensive reference for modern microwave and RF engineers. It is the result of contributions of 91 experts in the field. The articles that comprise the handbook provide important information for practicing engineers in industry, government and academia. The intended audience also includes microwave and other electrical engineers requiring information outside of their area of expertise, as well as managers, marketers and technical support workers who need better understanding of the fields driving and affected by their decisions.

The book is organized into nine chapters, with all but the first chapter consisting of several articles on related topics. The first chapter consists of a single introductory article that provides important definitions and spectral information. The second chapter concentrates on microwave and RF product applications. The third chapter, titled "Systems Considerations," covers such varied topics as thermal analysis, safety, cost modeling and reliability. Microwave measurements are the subject of the fourth chapter, while circuits are covered in the fifth chapter. Passive technologies, such as components and devices as well as antennas, MEMS and package design are the subjects of the sixth chapter. The seventh chapter, entitled "Active Device Technologies," includes information on diodes, transistors and tubes. The eighth chapter discusses CAD, simulation and modeling. The ninth and last chapter is devoted to the underlying physics on which microwave and RF technologies are based.

Two appendices containing useful information for practicing microwave engineers are also included. By design, there is some overlap of information presented in some of the chapters. This allows the reader to investigate a topic without needing to make numerous references to other portions of the book.

A complete table of contents is presented at the front of the book to provide the reader with a means to locate the desired information easily and as rapidly as possible. A full index at the end of the handbook should also help.

For the reader desiring to obtain further information on a specific topic, references to the appropriate literature are given at the end of each article.

To order this book, contact: CRC Press LLC, 2000 N.W. Corporate Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33431 (800) 272-7737.

Fundamentals of Electronic Warfare
S.A. Vakin, L.N. Shustov and R.H. Dunwell
Artech House Inc.
384 pages; $129, £89
ISBN: 1-58053-052-4

In this book, the authors present the fundamentals of electronic warfare (EW) based on systems methodology. The various targets of EW operations are considered in sequence. Mathematical models of electronic systems viewed as EW targets are presented. This includes mathematical models of an optimum detector and radar tracker, models for optimum reception in radio communications systems and radio navigation, and models of recognition schemes.

Using the method of mass service theory and the theory of automated control systems, mathematical models of automated systems for anti-aircraft defense forces and weapons as EW targets are presented. Using the methods of information theory and statistical radio technology, models of jamming signals have been developed. Elements of the theory of jamming and jamming systems and techniques are explained using game theory and the dynamics of averages. Effectiveness indicators for jamming signals and EW systems and techniques are defined with reference to information, energy, operations and tactics, and military and economic parameters. Methods of calculating jamming corridors for active radar jamming with various anti-jamming levels are developed and presented based on the energy criterion. Using this same energy criterion, methods of calculating radar jamming corridors for passive and active-passive jamming are developed and presented, and jamming methods based on the use of false targets, radar decoys and thermal traps are analyzed. Jamming possibilities, based on reducing the radar detectability of aircraft and changing the electrical properties of the environment, are evaluated.

This book makes extensive use of mathematics and is intended for engineers who want to specialize or further their knowledge in the EW field.

The two main authors, Vakin and Shustov, are professors at the N.E. Zhukovsky Airforce Engineering Academy in Russia, where they specialized in the development of electronic warfare theory. The book offers a comprehensive index and an extensive list of references, most of which are taken from the Russian literature. However, several will be recognized as translations of US publications.

To order this book, contact Artech House Inc., 685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062 (781) 769-9750, Ext. 4002 or 46 Gillingham St., London SW1V 1HH, UK +44 (0)20 7596-8750.