Mississippi State University
Ball, John E.
Du, Qian (Jenny)
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The honey bee is one of the most important crop pollinating insects in the world. Researchers have recently identified a disease that has begun to impact the honey bee population. Colony Collapse Disorder results in the death of many bee colonies every year, but the cause for this remains unknown. Investigating the cause, harmonic radars are being considered to track the foraging patterns of honey bees. This research endeavors to find an optimized waveform for use in tracking foraging bees. Harmonic oscillators were developed for a transmit frequency of 1.2 GHz and various waveforms were tested against the oscillators. Ultimately, the waveform was found to be arbitrary. The amount of power that the harmonic oscillator receives is the determining factor. Given this, a general pulsed waveform can be developed that attempts to provide the maximum possible return for a predetermined maximum range of interest.
Sewell, Dylan, "Waveform selection to maximize detecting and tracking insects using harmonic oscillators" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 4993.