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Transform domain communication system as an ultra-wideband radar
Author(s): Abel S. Nunez; James T. Caldwell
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Paper Abstract

Traditionally, ultra-wideband radars increase bandwidth by using shorter pulses. However, by decreasing the pulse width, the power on target decreases and radar detection probabilities decrease. Therefore, new approaches to increase bandwidth are needed that still have adequate power on target. One radical new approach is to use a Transform Domain Communication System (TDCS) as an ultra-wideband radar. The primary advantage of this technique is that it has properties similar to Gaussian noise meaning that the radar would improve bandwidth similar to pseudo-noise (PN) sequences. Also, based on the number of carriers used to generate the TDCS code, multiple pulses can be made mutually orthogonal. This orthogonality can be exploited to effectively increase the maximum unambiguous range for pulse-Doppler radars up to the range of the horizon. In essence, TDCS radar possesses a high pulse repetition frequency (PRF) for velocity estimation and large unambiguous range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5788, Radar Sensor Technology IX, (16 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.603448
Show Author Affiliations
Abel S. Nunez, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
James T. Caldwell, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5788:
Radar Sensor Technology IX
Robert N. Trebits; James L. Kurtz, Editor(s)

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