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High-frequency over-the-horizon radar ship detection through clutter cancellation: an alternative to high-resolution spectral estimation
Author(s): Benjamin Root
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Paper Abstract

High-resolution spectral estimation is the resolution of spectral components that cannot be distinguished in the Fourier transform. This paper presents what is, in effect, an unusual techniques to perform high-resolution spectral estimation. By canceling powerful and obscuring ocean clutter, weak ship targets are exposed in the short-time Fourier transform of a particular kind of radar data. This achieves the same result as high-resolution spectral estimation, but it also preserves the desirable properties of the Fourier transform. A specific clutter-canceling algorithm has been developed and successfully tested on data from the US Navy's Relocatable Over-the-Horizon Radar. A side-by-side comparison of this algorithm with Tufts-Kumerisan forward-backward linear prediction, a popular high-resolution spectral estimator, will be presented. Although both techniques performed well at detecting the ship and estimating its Doppler frequency, the clutter cancellation techniques seems to provide a better estimate of the ship power relative to the peak of the clutter. This property would be useful in target identification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 October 1998
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3461, Advanced Signal Processing Algorithms, Architectures, and Implementations VIII, (2 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.325708
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Benjamin Root, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3461:
Advanced Signal Processing Algorithms, Architectures, and Implementations VIII
Franklin T. Luk, Editor(s)

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