Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michael A. Temple, PhD
Results for modeling, simulation, and analysis of interference effects that modern wideband signals have on existing narrowband radar system performance are presented. In particular, radar detection performance is characterized using a basic radar receiver model and operational parameters consistent with those of the ARSR-4 air route surveillance radar. Two modern wideband signals (interferers) are addressed in this work, including the GPS military signal (M-Code signal) and a direct sequence ultra wideband (DS-UWB) waveform meeting outdoor emission restrictions imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Interference effects are characterized for an unmodulated sinusoidal pulse as well as linear frequency modulated (LFM) and bi-phase Barker coded pulse compression waveforms. Finally, coherent pulse integration is addressed and interference mitigation demonstrated via improved detection performance. Worst case detection scenarios from the radar's perspective are considered for all cases. M-Code interference results indicate that at proposed received power levels of -160 to -130 dBW, radar detection performance is severely degraded with expected improvement occurring when pulse integration is employed. DS-UWB interference results indicate that at maximum transmit power levels specified by the FCC, the DS-UWB waveform has minimal impact on detection performance for radar receiver/UWB transmitter separation distances beyond 0.5 meters. This separation distance is reduced further when pulse integration is employed. (8 tables, 42 figures, 25 refs.)
DTIC Accession Number
Backscheider, Robert J., "Ultra Wide Band Signal Modeling for Radar Receiver Characterization" (2004). Theses and Dissertations. 3859.