Theses and Dissertations


Dylan Sewell

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Ball, John E.

Committee Member

Kurum, Mehmet

Committee Member

Du, Qian (Jenny)

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Electrical Engineering

Degree Name

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.