Frequency Diverse Array Radar
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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Electronic scanning is the most desirable feature of state-of-the-art radar systems. With electronic scanning, it is possible to steer the main beam of an array antenna instantaneously into a desired direction where no mechanical mechanism is involved in the scanning process. Electronic scanning methods including phase scanning, time delay scanning, and frequency scanning have been used in various radar applications however new and cheaper scanning methods are still being investigated. It is the purpose of this thesis to investigate an array configuration called frequency diverse array FDA, which gives rise to range-, time-, and angle-dependent scanning without using phase shifters. In this thesis, first, frequency diverse array as a time-modulated array is presented. A general analysis and the theory of time domain scanning is given. Equations derived for a time-modulated frequency diverse array are simulated using MATLAB. Amplitude tapering and Fourier series expansion is implemented in MATLAB and the results are provided for comparison. Secondly, analysis of a frequency diverse array is presented. Time-, range-, and angle-dependent electronic scanning is achieved by applying a small amount of frequency shift among the antenna elements. The simulation results for radiation patterns with various excitation types are given. Lastly, the radar applications of FDA are considered. The received power from a target at a fixed range is simulated in MATLAB and the results are presented.
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