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 publicationBayesian Bounds for Parameter Estimation and Nonlinear Filtering/Tracking
PublisherWiley-IEEE Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780470544198
ISBN (Print)0470120959, 9780470120958
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • Attenuation
  • Doppler effect
  • Doppler radar
  • Maximum likelihood estimation
  • Signal to noise ratio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (all)


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