The radar cross section of dielectric disks
Abstract
A solution is presented for the backscatter (nonstatic) radar cross section of dielectric disks of arbitrary shape, thickness and dielectric constant. The result is obtained by employing a Kirchhoff type approximation to obtain the fields inside the disk. The internal fields induce polarization and conduction currents from which the scattered fields and the radar cross section can be computed. The solution for the radar cross section obtained in this manner is shown to agree with known results in the special cases of normal incidence, thin disks and perfect conductivity. The solution can also be written as a product of the reflection coefficient of an identically oriented slab times the physical optics solution for the backscatter cross section of a perfectly conducting disk of the same shape. This result follows directly from the Kirchhoff type approximation without additional assumptions.
 Publication:

NASA STI/Recon Technical Report N
 Pub Date:
 October 1982
 Bibcode:
 1982STIN...8316598L
 Keywords:

 Dielectrics;
 Disks (Shapes);
 Radar Cross Sections;
 Reflectance;
 Backscattering;
 Kirchhoff Law Of Radiation;
 Physical Optics;
 Polarized Radiation;
 Communications and Radar