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On minimum detectable velocity
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Paper Abstract

In comparing system performance for ground moving target indicator (GMTI) radar systems, various metrics are used. It is highly desirable that the metric be simple and powerful. Ideally it is a single number, or a plot. It is often the case that a single number is not sufficient to describe the radar performance under all operational conditions. In spite of this, it is still common to attempt to use a simple metric, such as the minimum detectable velocity (MDV). This paper discusses the concept of minimum detectable velocity with the goal of showing what this metric attempts to communicate, and what may not be properly communicated by this metric without careful attention. Basic parameters that affect the minimum detectable velocity are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2019
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 11003, Radar Sensor Technology XXIII, 110030N (3 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2518121
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D. L. Bickel, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
A. W. Doerry, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11003:
Radar Sensor Technology XXIII
Kenneth I. Ranney; Armin Doerry, Editor(s)

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