Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Todd B. Hale, PhD
This thesis introduces a new array structure, the Frequency Diverse Array (FDA), where each channel transmits and receives at a different frequency. The resulting range-dependent FDA antenna pattern is proposed to improve forward-looking clutter suppression. The planar FDA radar data model is derived and analytically verified to be equivalent to the constant frequency data model when each element frequency is set to the same value. The linear FDA at high platform altitude provides significant benefits? by reducing the range ambiguous clutter contribution, improving target detection by up to 10 dB. At low altitudes without range ambiguous clutter the linear FDA achieved a small but consistent performance improvement of 1 to 2 dB attributed to sample support data homogeneity. Planar FDA showed up to a 20 dB detection improvement for a high altitude platform with an airborne target. The simulation results show the FDA provides considerable benefit for low relative velocity targets, improving ground target detection for platforms such as Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
DTIC Accession Number
Baizert, Piotr, "Forward-Looking Radar Clutter Suppression Using Frequency Diverse Arrays" (2006). Theses and Dissertations. 3479.