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A practical look at target detection using MIMO radar
Author(s): Mark A. Govoni; Ryan Elwell; Traian Dogaru; DaHan Liao
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Paper Abstract

The conditions for orthogonality in Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) radar enable a virtual array gain beneficial to beamforming on receive. However, this condition imposes a constraint on transmit beamforming for various reasons. As a result, a performance loss can be expected when compared to a traditional monostatic phased array. With this in mind, we analyze the complex scattering coefficients for a scenario in which MIMO radar beamforming is used to illuminate an arbitrary target obfuscated by different line-of-sight obstructions such as foliage and/or buildings. Using finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) modeling, our simulations will grow the understanding of how plausible MIMO radar is for detecting targets in challenging environments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2015
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9461, Radar Sensor Technology XIX; and Active and Passive Signatures VI, 94610R (21 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2177225
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Mark A. Govoni, U.S. Army CERDEC I2WD (United States)
Ryan Elwell, U.S. Army CERDEC I2WD (United States)
Traian Dogaru, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
DaHan Liao, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9461:
Radar Sensor Technology XIX; and Active and Passive Signatures VI
G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin Doerry; Chadwick Todd Hawley, Editor(s)

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