Acoustic Processing for Estimating Size of Small Targets
Patent Application, Filed 7 Aug 2003
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A method is provided for estimating the size of an object from a region of a fluid medium when that object is emitting acoustic radiation of-known wavelength lambda on its own or as the result of being interrogated by acoustic pulses that reflect from the object. The acoustic radiation is monitored using a line array of N acoustic receivers such that N signals indicative of the acoustic radiation are generated. M time series summations are formed using the N signals. Each of the M time series summations is formed using a unique time delay predicated on a corresponding unique estimated speed of propagation of the acoustic radiation where M estimated speeds of propagation are defined. For an object in the region having a diameter D on the order of lambda, the M values will vary as a function of the M estimated speeds of propagation with the resulting distribution of the M values being indicative of diameter D.
- Acoustic Detection and Detectors
- Underwater and Marine Navigation and Guidance