Impact of the Doppler modulation on the range and Doppler processing in OFDM radar

Gabriel Lellouch, Amit Mishra, Michael Inggs

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Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) radar is highly appropriate in applications where communication and radar functionalities are intended simultaneously. The same waveform and the same infrastructure are used, reducing hardware complexity. In this paper, we focus on the radar processing of a pulsed waveform, where the pulses are composed of several OFDM symbols. We derive a novel signal processing scheme that retrieves an estimate of the range and the radial velocity when the target is a point scatterer. Rather than a processing based on correlation functions we exploit the phases of the subcarriers and our knowledge of the phase codes. Then, we discuss the impact of the Doppler modulation within the individual pulses and we show how the use of identical sequences (IS) for the phase codes can mitigate the degradation of the retrieval in the range Doppler image. Lastly, we propose two alternative methods that retrieve an unambiguous estimate of the Doppler frequency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE Radar Conference
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Sensing to Information, RadarCon 2014
PublisherIEEE Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-2035-8
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarCon 2014 - Cincinnati, OH, United States of America
Duration: 19 May 201423 May 2014

Publication series

NameIEEE National Radar Conference - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1097-5659


Conference2014 IEEE Radar Conference, RadarCon 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
CityCincinnati, OH
Period19 May 201423 May 2014


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