# slant2range

Convert slant range to propagated range

## Syntax

## Description

returns the propagated range `r`

= slant2range(`sr`

,`anht`

,`tgtht`

)`r`

between a target and sensor as a
function of the true target slant range `sr`

, antenna height
`anht`

, and target height `tgtht`

. Propagated range
is the actual curved path range caused by atmospheric refraction. Slant range is the
geometric range between target and sensor. The range computation assumes a Curved Earth Model where the atmospheric model is the
CRPL exponential reference atmosphere with a refractivity of 313 N-units and a refraction exponent
(decay constant) of 0.143859/km. The exponential atmosphere models refraction for elevation
angles greater than approximately 10 millirad (about 0.573 degrees) and heights above
approximately 1 km.

specifies additional inputs using name-value pair arguments.`r`

= slant2range(`sr`

,`anht`

,`tgtht`

,`Name=Value`

)

## Examples

### Calculate Propagated Range using Default Parameters

Calculate the propagated range from a slant range of 100 km, antenna height of 1 km, and target height of 2 km. Use default parameter values.

R = slant2range(100000,1000,2000)

R = 1.0001e+05

### Calculate Propagated Range with Effective Earth Radius

Compute the range between an antenna and a target. Start with a slant range of 250 km, an antenna height of 1 km, and target height of 5 km. Using the default '`Curved' Method`

, set an effective earth radius factor of 1.2.

Re = physconst('EarthRadius'); effactor = 1.2; R = slant2range(250000,1000,5000,'EffectiveEarthRadius',effactor*Re)

R = 2.5002e+05

### Verify Target Height Calculation

Calculate the propagated range and elevation angle of a target at a slant range of 300 km, an antenna height of 100 m, and target height of 5 km. Use the `CRPL`

method and assume the surface refractivity is equal to 400 N-units. From the calculated propagated range and elevation angle, convert back to target height. Verify that the estimated target height from the `range2height`

function matches the expected 5 km.

sr = 300000; ha = 100; ht = 5000; Ns = 400; rexp = refractionexp(Ns);

Calculate propagated range and elevation angle.

[R,el] = slant2range(sr,ha,ht,'Method','CRPL', ... 'SurfaceRefractivity',Ns,'RefractionExponent',rexp)

R = 3.0009e+05

el = 0.1286

Convert propagated range and elevation angle back to target height. Verify that calculated value matches 5000 meters.

htest = range2height(R,ha,el,'Method','CRPL', ..., 'SurfaceRefractivity',Ns,'RefractionExponent',rexp)

htest = 5.0000e+03

### Compare Effective Earth Radius Factors

Compare the effective Earth radius factors calculated from the CRPL, the average radius of curvature, and 4/3 Earth models. Assume the slant range is 100000 m, the antenna heights range from 1 to 10 km, and the target is on the surface at zero altitude.

sr = 100000; ha = linspace(1,10,50).*1000; ht = 200; [~,kAvgCurv] = effearthradius(sr,ha,ht); [~,~,kCRPL] = slant2range(sr,ha,ht,'Method','CRPL');

Plot the effective earth radius factor as a function of antenna height.

plot(ha*1e-3,kCRPL) hold on plot(ha*1e-3,kAvgCurv) yline(4/3,'--k') grid on legend('CRPL','Average Curvature','4/3 Earth') ylabel('Effective Earth radius factor k') xlabel('Antenna height (km)')

## Input Arguments

`anht`

— Sensor height

nonnegative real-valued scalar | nonnegative real-valued vector

Sensor height in meters, specified as a nonnegative real-valued scalar or vector. If
`anht`

is a vector, it must have the same size as the other
vector input arguments of `slant2range`

. Heights are referenced to
the ground.

**Data Types: **`double`

`tgtht`

— Target height

nonnegative real-valued scalar | nonnegative real-valued vector

Target height in meters, specified as a nonnegative real-valued scalar or vector. If `tgtht`

is a vector, it must have the same size as the other vector input arguments of `slant2range`

. Heights are referenced to the ground.

**Data Types: **`double`

### Name-Value Arguments

Specify optional pairs of arguments as
`Name1=Value1,...,NameN=ValueN`

, where `Name`

is
the argument name and `Value`

is the corresponding value.
Name-value arguments must appear after other arguments, but the order of the
pairs does not matter.

*
Before R2021a, use commas to separate each name and value, and enclose*
`Name`

*in quotes.*

**Example: **`Method="CRPL",SurfaceRefractivity=300,RefractionExponent=0.15`

`Method`

— Earth model

`"Curved"`

(default) | `"CRPL"`

Earth model used for computation, specified as `"Curved"`

or
`"CPRL"`

.

`"Curved"`

— Assumes a Curved Earth Model with a 4/3 effective Earth radius a commonly used approximation for modeling refraction effects in the troposphere. To specify another value for the effective Earth radius, use the`EffectiveEarthRadius`

name-value pair argument.`"CRPL"`

— Assumes a curved Earth model with the atmosphere defined by the CRPL Exponential Reference Atmosphere Model with a refractivity of 313 N-units and a refraction exponent of 0.143859 km^{–1}. To specify other values for the refractivity and the refraction exponent, use the`SurfaceRefractivity`

and`RefractionExponent`

name-value arguments. This method requires that`el`

be positive. For more information, see CRPL Model Geometry.

**Data Types: **`char`

| `string`

`EffectiveEarthRadius`

— Effective Earth radius

4/3 of Earth's radius (default) | positive scalar

Effective Earth radius, specified as a positive scalar. If this argument is not
specified, `slant2range`

calculates the effective Earth radius
using a refractivity gradient of –39 × 10^{–9} N-units/meter,
which results in approximately 4/3 of the real Earth radius. Units are in
meters.

#### Dependencies

To enable this argument, set the `Method`

name-value pair
argument to `"Curved"`

.

**Data Types: **`double`

`SurfaceRefractivity`

— Surface refractivity

`313`

(default) | nonnegative scalar

Surface refractivity in N-units, specified as a
nonnegative scalar. The surface refractivity is a parameter of the CRPL Exponential Reference Atmosphere Model used by
`slant2range`

. This quantity is dimensionless.

#### Dependencies

To enable this argument, set the `Method`

name-value pair
argument to `"CRPL"`

.

**Data Types: **`double`

`RefractionExponent`

— Refraction exponent

`0.143859`

(default) | nonnegative scalar

Refraction exponent, specified as a nonnegative scalar. The refraction exponent is
a parameter of the CRPL Exponential Reference Atmosphere Model used by
`slant2range`

. This quantity is dimensionless.

#### Dependencies

To enable this argument, set the `Method`

name-value pair
argument to `"CRPL"`

.

**Data Types: **`double`

`MaxNumIterations`

— Maximum number of iterations for the CRPL method

`10`

(default) | nonnegative integer

Maximum number of iterations for the CRPL method, specified as a nonnegative integer. This input acts as a safeguard to preempt long iterative calculations.

If `MaxNumIterations`

is set to `0`

,
`slant2range`

performs a faster but less accurate non-iterative
CRPL calculation. The non-iterative calculation has a maximum height error of 0.056388
m (0.185 ft) at a target height of 30,480 m (100,000 ft) and an elevation angle of 0.
The height error for the non-iterative method decreases with decreasing target height
and increasing elevation angle. This quantity is dimensionless.

#### Dependencies

To enable this argument, set the `Method`

name-value pair
argument to `"CRPL"`

.

**Data Types: **`double`

`Tolerance`

— Numerical tolerance for the CRPL method

`1e-6`

(default) | positive scalar

Numerical tolerance for the CRPL method, specified as a positive scalar. The iterative process terminates when the numerical tolerance is achieved.

#### Dependencies

To enable this argument, set the `Method`

name-value pair
argument to `"CRPL"`

and set the
`MaxNumIterations`

name-value pair argument to be greater than
`0`

. This quantity is dimensionless.

**Data Types: **`double`

## Output Arguments

`r`

— Target range

scalar | real-valued length-*M* row vector

Target range, returned as a scalar or real-valued length-*M* row
vector. If `r`

is a vector, it has the same size as the vector input
arguments of `slant2range`

. Units are in meters.

**Data Types: **`double`

`el`

— Elevation angle

scalar | real-valued length-*M* row vector

Elevation angle, returned as a scalar or real-valued length-*M* row
vector. Units are in degrees.

**Data Types: **`double`

`k`

— Effective earth radius factor

scalar | real-valued length-*M* row vector

Effective earth radius factor, returned as a scalar or real-valued
length-*M* row vector. This quantity is dimensionless.

**Data Types: **`double`

## More About

### Curved Earth Model

The fact that the index of refraction of air depends on height can be treated approximately by using an effective Earth's radius larger than the actual value.

Given the effective Earth's radius *R*_{0}, the antenna
height *h _{a}*, and the initial elevation angle

*θ*

_{0}, the model relates the target height

*h*and the slant range

_{T}*R*by

_{T}$${\left({R}_{0}+{h}_{T}\right)}^{2}={\left({R}_{0}+{h}_{a}\right)}^{2}+{R}_{T}^{2}+2{R}_{T}\left({R}_{0}+{h}_{a}\right)\mathrm{sin}{\theta}_{0},$$

so knowing one of those magnitudes enables you to compute the other. In particular,

$${h}_{T}=\sqrt{{\left({R}_{0}+{h}_{a}\right)}^{2}+{R}_{T}^{2}+2{R}_{T}\left({R}_{0}+{h}_{a}\right)\mathrm{sin}{\theta}_{0}}-{R}_{0}.$$

The actual range *R* is equal to the slant range. The
true elevation angle *θ _{T}* is equal to the initial
elevation angle.

To compute the ground range *G*, use

$$G={R}_{0}\varphi ={R}_{0}\mathrm{arcsin}\frac{{R}_{T}\mathrm{cos}{\theta}_{0}}{{R}_{0}+{h}_{T}}.$$

A standard propagation model uses an effective Earth's radius that is 4/3 times the actual value. This model has two major limitations:

The model implies a value for the index of refraction near the Earth's surface that is valid only for certain areas and at certain times of the year. To mitigate this limitation, use an effective Earth's radius based on the near-surface refractivity value.

The model implies a value for the gradient of the index of refraction that is unrealistically low at heights of around 8 km. To partially mitigate this limitation, use an effective Earth's radius based on the platform altitudes.

For more information, see `effearthradius`

.

### CRPL Exponential Reference Atmosphere Model

Atmospheric refraction evidences itself as a deviation in an
electromagnetic ray from a straight line due to variation in air density as a function of
height. The Central Radio Propagation Laboratory (CRPL) exponential reference atmosphere
model treats refraction effects by assuming that the index of refraction
*n*(*h*) and the refractivity *N*
decay exponentially with height. The model defines

$$N=\left(n\left(h\right)-1\right)\times {10}^{6}={N}_{\text{s}}{e}^{-{R}_{\text{exp}}h},$$

where *N*_{s} is the atmospheric
refractivity value (in units of 10^{–6}) at the surface of the
earth, *R*_{exp} is the decay constant, and
*h* is the height above the surface in kilometers. Thus

$$n(h)=1+\left({N}_{\text{s}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\times {10}^{-6}\right){e}^{-{R}_{\text{exp}}h}.$$

The default value of *N*_{s} is 313
N-units and can be modified using the `SurfaceRefractivity`

name-value
argument in functions that accept it. The default value of
*R*_{exp} is 0.143859 km^{–1} and can be modified using the `RefractionExponent`

name-value argument in functions that accept it.

### CRPL Model Geometry

When the refractivity of air is incorporated into the curved Earth model, the ray paths do not follow a straight line but curve downward. (This statement assumes standard atmospheric propagation and nonnegative elevation angles.) The true elevation angle is different from the initial . The actual range , which is the distance along the curved path , is different from the slant range .

Given the Earth's radius , the antenna height , the initial elevation angle , and the height-dependent index of refraction with value at , the modified model relates the target height and the actual range by

When `Method`

is specified as `"CRPL"`

, the integral is solved using from CRPL Exponential Reference Atmosphere Model.

To compute the ground range , use

### N-units

N-units are a convenient way to express the index of refraction. Because the index of
refraction is very close to unity, N-units express just the deviation from unity. The
refractivity *N* in N-units is related to the index of refraction
*n* by

$$N=(n-1)\times {10}^{6}\text{.}$$

For example, an index of refraction of 1.000313 becomes 313 in N-units. N-units are dimensionless.

## References

[1] Barton, David K. *Radar
Equations for Modern Radar*. Norwood, MA: Artech House, 2013.

[2] Bean, B.R., and G.D. Thayer.
"Central Radio Propagation Laboratory Exponential Reference Atmosphere." *Journal of
Research of the National Bureau of Standards, Section D: Radio Propagation* 63D,
no. 3 (November 1959): 315. https://doi.org/10.6028/jres.063D.031.

[3] Blake, Lamont V. "Ray Height
Computation for a Continuous Nonlinear Atmospheric Refractive-Index Profile." *Radio
Science* 3, no. 1 (January 1968): 85–92. https://doi.org/10.1002/rds19683185.

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## Version History

**Introduced in R2022b**

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