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Very low side-lobe level pulse compression for rain radar
Author(s): Nicolas Vincent; Jacques Richard; Noel Suinot; P. Marcini; Constantin E. Mavrocordatos
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Paper Abstract

In a 2-year breadboarding activity funded by ESA, ALCATEL ESPACE lead the design, manufacturing, and test of an all digital pulse generation and compression sub-system for a rain radar, capable of real time processing. Despite the low time/bandwidth product waveforms (BT equals 270), the breadboard meets -60 dB side-lobe level which prevents contamination of the rain echo by the surface return. The compression principle is a frequent product of samples with a replica, the result of an automatic error compensation procedure that takes into account affects of distortions representative of the radar hardware (such as filters, phase/amplitude ripple, saturation effects of high power amplifier).

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2584, Synthetic Aperture Radar and Passive Microwave Sensing, (21 November 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.227159
Show Author Affiliations
Nicolas Vincent, Alcatel Espace (France)
Jacques Richard, Alcatel Espace (France)
Noel Suinot, Alcatel Espace (France)
P. Marcini, ESTEC (Netherlands)
Constantin E. Mavrocordatos, ESTEC (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2584:
Synthetic Aperture Radar and Passive Microwave Sensing
Giorgio Franceschetti; Christopher John Oliver; James C. Shiue; Shahram Tajbakhsh, Editor(s)

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