2004 IEEE Radar Conference

Innovative Radar Technologies - Expanding System Capabilities

 April 26-29, 2004 Wyndham Philadelphia at Franklin Plaza Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Session 8.2
Canonical framework for describing suboptimum radar space-time adaptive processing (STAP) techniques

Sebastien De Greve - University of Liege, Fabian D. Lapierre - University of Liege, Jacques G. Verly - University of Liege

Wed, 28 April 2004, 4:10 PM - 5:30 PM


We adress the problem of detecting slow moving targets from a moving radar system using Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP) techniques. Optimum interference rejection is known to require the estimation and the subsequent inversion of an interference plus-noise covariance matrix. To reduce the number of samples involved in the estimation and the computational cost inherent to the inversion, many suboptimum STAP techniques have been proposed. Earlier attemps at unifying these techniques had a limited scope. In this paper, we propose a new canonical framework that unifies all of the STAP methods we are aware of. This framework can also be generalized to include the estimation of the covariance matrix and the compensation of range dependence; it applies to monostatic and bistatic configurations. We also propose a new decomposition of the CSNR performance metric that can be used to understand the performance degradation specifically due to the use of suboptimum method.

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