Barankin bound for range and Doppler estimation using orthogonal signal transmission

Alon Pinkus, Joseph Tabrikian

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In this paper, the Barankin bound for performance evaluation of target range and Doppler estimation by an active radar (or sonar) is derived. The Barankin bound is analyzed for two signal cases: pulse train with identical (coherent) signals between pulses, and pulse train with orthogonal coded signals. At high pulse repetition frequencies (PRF's), identical signal transmission results in high sidelobes in the ambiguity function, while orthogonal signal transmissions allows to reduce the sidelobes and the ambiguity level. The Barankin bound is shown to be an efficient tool for system analysis in the presence of ambiguities. It is shown that for the identical signals case, the threshold signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) predicted by the Barankin bound is higher than the orthogonal signals case. The results are accompanied by maximum likelihood (ML) simulations which show that the Barankin bound predicts the threshold SNR with a good accuracy. It is shown that at high SNR's, the Barankin bound, the Cramér-Rao bound and the ML coincide.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 IEEE Radar Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)0780394968, 9780780394964
StatePublished - 24 Apr 2006
Event2006 IEEE Radar Conference - Verona, NY, United States
Duration: 24 Apr 200627 Apr 2006

Publication series

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


Conference2006 IEEE Radar Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVerona, NY

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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