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Performance evaluation of sparse adaptive radio astronomy arrays
Author(s): Peter A. Fridman
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Paper Abstract

Spatial filtering is a promising method of Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) mitigation in radio interferometric systems, but there are no quantitative results concerning the performance of radio astronomy arrays using this technique. In this paper performance bounds are calculated for sparse arrays, typical in radio astronomy (VLA, WSRT, GMRT). Two parameters are proposed to characterize the benefits of spatial filtering: gain and loss. Calculations show that the adaptive nulling method for the sparse arrays generates a complex spatial structure of gain and loss as the functions of angular distance between a radio source of interest and RFI source. The geometry of the array strongly influences on the performance of the RFI mitigation. This factor should be taken into consideration while designing new radio astronomy arrays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4474, Advanced Signal Processing Algorithms, Architectures, and Implementations XI, (20 November 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.448649
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Peter A. Fridman, ASTRON (Netherlands) (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4474:
Advanced Signal Processing Algorithms, Architectures, and Implementations XI
Franklin T. Luk, Editor(s)

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