A New Approach to the Characterization and Detection of Nonstationary Environments and Channels
Final rept. 1 Apr 2006-30 Nov 2008
HUNTER COLL NEW YORK
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A new method to study nonstationary systems and channels that applies to both the time-variant and time-invariant case has been developed. It is shown that a significant simplification occurs when systems are formulated in phase space. The phase space can be time-frequency for the usual formulation of channelssystems, or position-wave number for dispersive channels and pulses. In the standard textbook approach of input-output relations and system functions, the relations are formulated in time or frequency. We have derived input-output relations for time-varying channels. The method has led to practical solutions to a number of problems, both deterministic and random. Among them are defining the concept of quasi-stationarity, formulating features that are dispersion invariant, obtaining simple characterizations of pulses that propagate in dispersive channels with attenuation.
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