North Pacific Acoustic Laboratory
WASHINGTON UNIV SEATTLE APPLIED PHYSICS LAB
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The ultimate limits of long-range sonar are imposed by ocean variability and the ambient sound field. Scattering from internal waves limits the temporal and spatial coherence of the received signal. Low frequency noise is dominated by shipping and ultimately, by wave-breaking processes. The resulting granularity of the noise field can be exploited for detection and localization purposes. Our ultimate objective is to understand the fundamental limits to signal processing imposed by these ocean processes, to enable advanced signal processing techniques, including matched field processing and other adaptive array processing methods, to capitalize on the three-dimensional character of the sound and noise fields.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation