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Analog clutter cancellation algorithms for dynamic range reduction
Author(s): Lee R. Moyer; Linda J. Hawkins; Russell D. Brown; Michael O. Little; Michael C. Wicks; Donald D. Weiner
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Paper Abstract

Advanced radar receivers having an instantaneous dynamic range exceeding 90 dB are currently under development. These receivers must operate linearly to achieve satisfactory performance in a severe clutter environment. Presently available, state-of-the-art analog-to- digital converters (ADCs) having sufficiently high sampling rates do not have adequate dynamic ranges to digitize the outputs of these receivers. A technique has been developed that effectively reduces the dynamic range of the input signal prior to digitization. The dynamic range reduction is accomplished through a process that predicts the next radar return signal from the previous return signals, generates a replica waveform, and subtracts this replica waveform from the radar return signal prior to digitization. This process allows the radar return signal to be digitized without distortion by an ADC having a limited dynamic range. The full dynamic range of the radar return signal is then restored by adding the replica waveform to the ADC output. Tests and evaluations using both synthetic and recorded radar data have demonstrated in excess of a 30 dB reduction in the dynamic range of the signal at the ADC input when strong clutter is present.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 1993
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1954, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1993, (22 October 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.157787
Show Author Affiliations
Lee R. Moyer, Technology Service Corp. (United States)
Linda J. Hawkins, Technology Service Corp. (United States)
Russell D. Brown, Rome Lab. (United States)
Michael O. Little, Rome Lab. (United States)
Michael C. Wicks, Rome Lab. (United States)
Donald D. Weiner, Syracuse Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1954:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1993
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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