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Synchronization for wireless multi-radar covert communication networks
Author(s): Shrawan C. Surender; Ram M. Narayanan
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Paper Abstract

The motivation for our current work is the need for a covert wireless communication network between multi-site radars. Such radars form an effective network-centric architecture that has intrinsic properties such as LPI, LPD, and good data dissemination capabilities. Our continuing work indicates that a notched UWB noise signal within which OFDM data symbols are embedded can be used as a secure communication channel between individual noise radars. The receiver performance in such systems depends heavily on the timing of the DFT window for detecting the message symbols concealed within the noise-OFDM waveform. Performance is therefore severely limited due to the effects of timing and frequency offsets on the noise-data signal. These synchronization errors bring unwanted noise into this window in the form of ICI, ISI, etc. In this paper, we show that most of the techniques developed for a simple OFDM system do not suit the covert noise-OFDM system requirements. We further propose a packet/frame detection and timing estimation technique for the noise-data signal used between the random noise radars. This technique is unique as it is applied to OFDM symbols embedded in UWB noise. With no preprocessing required in the transmitter and no knowledge about the source noise signal, the correlation properties of band-limited white noise are exploited to achieve synchronization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6578, Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2007, 65780U (1 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.720220
Show Author Affiliations
Shrawan C. Surender, Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Ram M. Narayanan, Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6578:
Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2007
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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