Step Frequency Waveform Design and Analysis Using the Ambiguity Function.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis investigates the use of the step frequency waveform, its design and analysis using the ambiguity function. The step frequency waveform consists of a series of N pulses each with a pulse width of z, and whose frequency is increased from pulse to pulse in steps of delta f. A design procedure for detection of small targets with a surface land or sea based step frequency radar employing a high pulse repetition frequency PRF waveform is developed. The proposed method determines the waveform parameters fo given radar specifications. A simple graphical implementation as well as a computer implementation are presented. The theoretical dimensions of the step frequency waveform are defined and verified for some waveforms with parameters similar to the waveform of interest. Finally, the ambiguity function is used to analyze the step frequency waveform.
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment