Electrical Engineering Alum Develops Radar System for Seeing through Walls

October 20, 2011

Greg Charvat (BS '02, MS '03, PhD '07), MSU electrical engineering alumnus and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, along with fellow researcher John Peabody, has created radar technology using microwaves that can "see" through concrete walls.

These researchers have built a system that can see through walls from some distance away, giving an instantaneous picture of the activity on the other side.

The device is an unassuming array of antenna arranged into two rows - eight receiving elements on top, 13 transmitting ones below - and some computing equipment, all mounted onto a movable cart. But it has powerful implications for military operations, especially "urban combat situations," says Charvat, technical staff at Lincoln Lab and the leader of the project.

Charvat notes that the original prototype of this system was made for his PhD dissertation in the summer of 2007.

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