A Theory of Multiple Antenna AMTI Radar
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB
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The note presents a detailed mathematical analysis of a multiple- antenna AMTI radar system capable of detecting moving targets over a significantly wider velocity range than is achievable with a single-antenna system. The general system configuration and signaling strategy is defined, and relationships among system and signaling parameters are investigated. A deterministic model for the target return and a statistical model for the clutter and noise returns are obtained, and an optimum processor for target detection is derived. A performance measure applicable to a large class of processors, including the optimum processor, is defined and some of its analytical properties investigated. It is shown that an easily implementable sub-optimum processor, based on two-dimensional spectral analysis, performs nearly as well as the optimum processor. The resolution and ambiguity properties of this sub-optimum processor are studied and a detailed numerical investigation of system performance is presented, including a study of how performance varies with basic system parameters such as the number of antennas.
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