Articles | Volume 26, issue 8
06 Aug 2008
 | 06 Aug 2008

Amplitude domain analysis of strong range and Doppler spread radar echos

J. Vierinen, M. S. Lehtinen, and I. I. Virtanen

Abstract. We present a novel method for analyzing range and Doppler spread targets in the amplitude domain using linear statistical inversion. The result of the analysis is an estimate of the range dependent amplitude behaviour of the target backscatter during the time that the transmission passes the target. A meteor head echo and strong backscatter from artificially heated regions of the ionosphere are used to demonstrate this novel analysis method. Plans to apply amplitude-domain radar target estimation methods to more complicated noisy underdetermined targets are also briefly discussed.