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Nonlinear stepped chirp waveforms with subpulse processing for range side lobe suppression
Author(s): Byron M. Keel; James A. Saffold; Mark R. Walbridge; John Chadwick
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Paper Abstract

The linear step frequency pulse compression waveform suffers from: a) range ambiguities due to periodicities in the discrete Fourier transform (DFT) and, b) signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) losses due to amplitude weighting used to suppress nominal range sidelobes. Mark Walbridge of DERA Malvern, UK, has proposed a nonlinear step frequency waveform which is derived from sampling a Dolph-Chebyshev weighting function. The waveform does not exhibit range ambiguities and achieves low near-in sidelobes without incurring the SNR loss associated with conventional sidelobe suppression techniques. This paper assesses an implementation of the non-linear step frequency waveform by quantifying range sidelobes, range resolution, and range- Doppler coupling. The waveform has application in ultra-high range resolution profile generation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3395, Radar Sensor Technology III, (26 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319437
Show Author Affiliations
Byron M. Keel, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
James A. Saffold, Georgia Tech Research Institute (United States)
Mark R. Walbridge, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)
John Chadwick, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3395:
Radar Sensor Technology III
Robert Trebits; James L. Kurtz, Editor(s)

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