Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) for coherent ultrawideband random noise radar

Muhammad Dawood, Ram M. Narayanan

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An ultrawideband (UWB) random noise radar operating in 1-2 GHz frequency range has developed at University of Nebraska. A unique heterodyne correlation technique based on delayed transmit waveform using a photonic delay line has been used to field test this system at a target range of 200 meters. In this paper, we investigate the performance of this radar from a statistical point of view, by developing the theoretical basis for the system's receiver operating characteristics (ROC). Explicit analytical expressions for the joint probably density function (PDF) of the in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) components of the receiver output have been obtained under the assumption that the input signals are partially correlated bandpass Gaussian processes. The PDF and cumulative distribution function (CDF) for the envelope of the receiver output are obtained. These expressions are then used to relate the probability of detection (Pd) and the probability of false alarm (Pf) for the system for different values of samples integrated, and the results are presented in the form of graphs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-214
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 Radar Processing, Technology, and Applications IV - Denver, CO, USA
Duration: Jul 21 1999Jul 22 1999

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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