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Waveform diversity: a way forward to the future of the radar

Waveform diversity: a way forward to the future of the radar

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IEEE Radar Standard P686/D2 (January 2008) defines waveform diversity as 'Adaptivity of the radar waveform to dynamically optimize the radar performance for the particular scenario and tasks. May also exploit adaptivity in other domains, including the antenna radiation pattern (both on transmit and receive), time domain, frequency domain, coding domain, and polarization domain'. As this definition indi cates, the term `waveform diversity' does not refer to a tangible object but to a remote sensing paradigm. The basic elements of the paradigm are measurement diversity, knowledge-aided processing and design, and transmitter adaptivity. The waveform diversity paradigm arose from the insatiable demands for remote sensing performance that are always present in military applications, and the application of wave form diversity has led to many interesting and promising remote sensing concepts. A host of recent activity testifies to the interest and promise of waveform diversity within the radar community.

Inspec keywords: polarisation; encoding; radar antennas; antenna radiation patterns; receiving antennas; diversity reception; transmitting antennas

Other keywords: antenna radiation pattern; transmit antenna; transmitter adaptivity; receive antenna; IEEE radar standard P686/D2; frequency domain; coding domain; radar performance; knowledge-aided processing; remote sensing performance; knowledge-aided design; polarization coding; waveform diversity; time domain; radar waveform

Subjects: Radar equipment, systems and applications; Codes; Single antennas

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