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Committee Members

Fred Garber (Committee Member), Brian Rigling (Advisor), Zhiqiang Wu (Committee Member)

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Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)


With more users populating the RF spectrum and hence less available contiguous bandwidth, radar and communication waveforms are slowly forced to become more efficient at using their available frequencies. Two scenarios are considered: operation in a colored interference environment and operation in discontiguous spectral bands. Unconstrained algorithms for designing transmit waveforms and receive filters are evaluated, wherein varying a convex weight trades performance between spectral flatness and side lobe levels. An empirical study provides performance bounds for constrained radar waveform designs for an instantiation of the interference spectrum.

Closed-form predictions for integrated sidelobe ratio (ISLR) and peak-to-sidelobe ratio (PSLR) for radar waveforms designed to operate in discontiguous spectral bands are derived and validated against two spectrally-disjoint waveform designs. These spectrally-disjoint waveform designs must also consider constraints imposed by hardware, such as modulus and phase restrictions. In the final part of this thesis, four spectrally-disjoint waveform designs are subjected to hardware-in-the-loop tests. Experimental results are shown and compared to computer simulations.

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Department or Program

Department of Electrical Engineering

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