Radar target detection in non-gaussian clutter

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2007
Doyuran, Ülkü
In this study, novel methods for high-resolution radar target detection in non-Gaussian clutter environment are proposed. In solution of the problem, two approaches are used: Non-coherent detection that operates on the envelope-detected signal for thresholding and coherent detection that performs clutter suppression, Doppler processing and thresholding at the same time. The proposed non-coherent detectors, which are designed to operate in non-Gaussian and range-heterogeneous clutter, yield higher performance than the conventional methods that were designed either for Gaussian clutter or heterogeneous clutter. The proposed coherent detector exploits the information in all the range cells and pulses and performs the clutter reduction and thresholding simultaneously. The design is performed for uncorrelated, partially correlated and fully correlated clutter among range cells. The performance analysis indicates the superiority of the designed methods over the classical ones, in fully correlated and partially correlated situations. In addition, by design of detectors for multiple targets and making corrections to the conventional methods, the target-masking problem of the classical detectors is alleviated.

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Ü. Doyuran, “Radar target detection in non-gaussian clutter,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2007.