Through-wall radar imaging using UWB noise waveforms

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This paper examines the results of our research on the use of ultrawideband noise waveforms for imaging objects behind walls. The advantages of using thermally generated noise as a probing signal are introduced. The technique of heterodyne correlation used to inject coherence in the random noise probing signal and to collapse the wideband reflected signal into a single frequency are presented. Central to successful imaging through building walls is the characterization of the wideband propagation properties of wall materials and these are discussed. The basic concepts of synthetic aperture radar image formation using noise waveforms and the unique problems associated with the random nature of the transmit waveform are analyzed. We also address issues related to locating, detection, and tracking humans behind walls, using new tools for human activity characterization, namely the Hilbert-Huang Transform approach. The results indicate that noise radar technology combined with modern signal processing approaches is indeed a viable technique for covert high-resolution imaging of obscured stationary and moving targets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)659-678
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of the Franklin Institute
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Applied Mathematics


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