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Performance analysis of spectrally versatile forward-looking ground-penetrating radar for detection of concealed targets
Author(s): Brian R. Phelan; Marc A. Ressler; Kenneth I. Ranney; Gregory D. Smith; Getachew A. Kirose; Kelly D. Sherbondy; Ram M. Narayanan
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Paper Abstract

Stepped-Frequency Radars (SFRs) have become increasingly popular with the advent of new technologies and increasingly congested RF spectrum. SFRs have inherently high dynamic range due to their small IF bandwidths, allowing for the detection of weak target returns in the presence of clutter. The Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Partnership in Research Transition program has developed a preliminary SFR for imaging buried landmines and improvised explosive devices. The preliminary system utilizes two transmit antennas and four receive antennas and is meant to act as a transitional system to verify the system’s design and imaging capabilities. The SFR operates between 300 MHz and 2000 MHz, and is capable of 1-MHz step-sizes. The SFR system will eventually utilize 16-receive channels and will be mounted on ARL’s existing Forward-Looking Ground Penetrating Radar platform, as a replacement for the existing Synchronous Impulse REconstruction (SIRE) radar. An analysis of the preliminary SFRs radio frequency interference mitigation, spectral purity dynamic range, and maximum detectable range is presented here.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2015
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9461, Radar Sensor Technology XIX; and Active and Passive Signatures VI, 94610J (21 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2176749
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Brian R. Phelan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Marc A. Ressler, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Kenneth I. Ranney, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Gregory D. Smith, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Getachew A. Kirose, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Kelly D. Sherbondy, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Ram M. Narayanan, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9461:
Radar Sensor Technology XIX; and Active and Passive Signatures VI
G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin Doerry; Chadwick Todd Hawley, Editor(s)

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