Mississippi State University
Ball, John E.
Gurbuz, Ali C.
Street, Garrett M.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Master of Science (M.S.)
James Worth Bagley College of Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Honey bees are some of the most important pollinators for agriculture in the world and are pivotal to the health of worldwide ecosystems. Like all insects, bees struggle with exposure to parasites, diseases, and other environmental factors that can negatively affect the overall health of the colony. Recently, a new unexplainable phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has been wreaking havoc on bee populations worldwide. As a result, a system capable of tracking bees is required to understand the different contributions of chemicals, parasites, etc. to CCD. This research seeks to show data supporting the development of systems for an X-band harmonic radar system. Overall, it was found the harmonic oscillator’s conversion and antenna efficiency were the most important design factors for determining detectability at increased ranges. Therefore, multiple harmonic oscillators were simulated and developed at a fundamental frequency of 5 GHz with these design factors in mind.
Woo, William B., "A harmonic radar system for honey bee tracking to better understand colony collapse disorder" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5501.