Enhanced detection of objects obscured by dispersive media using tailored random noise waveforms

Ram M. Narayanan, Joseph A. Henning, Muhammad Dawood

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The University of Nebraska has developed a coherent random noise radar technique that permits phase-coherent processing of random noise radar signals. This is achieved through a heterodyne correlation receiver that retains the phase of the reflected signal during the detection process. A simulation study was carried out to evaluate the system's expected performance during detection of objects buried under lossy dispersive media with different types of complex permittivity characteristics as a function of frequency. It was observed that system performance was degraded under dispersive media conditions. However, by suitably tailoring the random noise transmission characteristics to attain an inverse frequency relationship with respect to the attenuation characteristics of the media, a significant enhancement was observed in detecting obscured objects. This shows that adaptive matched illumination is useful in detecting objects buried under lossy coatings intentionally induced to inhibit detection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)604-614
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1998
EventDetection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets III - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 13 1998Apr 13 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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