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The effect of nonuniform motion on the Doppler spectrum of scattered continuous-wave waveforms
Author(s): John E. Gray; Stephen R. Addison
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Paper Abstract

The Doppler effect is a widely treated phenomena in both radar and sonar for objects undergoing uniform motion. There are many different models (Censor has written a history of the subject) one can use to derive the Doppler effect. The treatment of non-uniform motion is not widely discussed in the literature of radar and sonar. Some authors argue it is negligible, while others refer to work dating back to Kelly in the early sixties. The treatment by Kelly, based on waveform analysis in acoustics, is difficult to justify in electromagnetism. Using the language of waveform analysis it is difficult to determine when approximations are justified by the physics of the waveform interaction and when they aren't. By returning to electromagnetic considerations in the derivation and subsequent analysis, issues associated with the correct physics and proper approximations become transparent. We present a straight forward analysis of the non-uniform Doppler effect based on the relativistic mirror (moving boundary) that is undergoing arbitrary motion. The resultant structure of the scattered waveform provides a simple representation of the effect of non-uniform motion on the scattered waveform that can be more easily analyzed. This work is a continuation of earlier work done by Censor, De Smedt, and Cooper. This analysis is independent of narrow-band assumptions so it is completely general. Non-uniform motion can produce two types of effects associated with the Doppler spectrum, a baseband line that isn't straight and micro-Doppler off of the baseband that produces complicated sideband behavior. Complicated baseband and micro-Doppler are illustrated by using the example of a particular waveform, the continuous wave (CW) which is analyzed for a number of examples of interest to the radar community. Application of this information is then discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2003
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 5102, Independent Component Analyses, Wavelets, and Neural Networks, (1 April 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.484816
Show Author Affiliations
John E. Gray, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Stephen R. Addison, Univ. of Central Arkansas (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5102:
Independent Component Analyses, Wavelets, and Neural Networks
Anthony J. Bell; Mladen V. Wickerhauser; Harold H. Szu, Editor(s)

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