12 May 2016 Phase responses of harmonics reflected from radio-frequency electronics
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The phase responses of nonlinear-radar targets illuminated by stepped frequencies are studied. Data is presented for an experimental radar and two commercial electronic targets at short standoff ranges. The amplitudes and phases of harmonics generated by each target at each frequency are captured over a 100-MHz-wide transmit band. As in the authors’ prior work, target detection is demonstrated by receiving at least one harmonic of at least one transmit frequency. In the present work, experiments confirm that the phase of a harmonic reflected from a radio-frequency electronic target at a standoff distance is linear versus frequency. Similar to traditional wideband radar, the change of the reflected phase with respect to frequency indicates the range to the nonlinear target.
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Gregory J. Mazzaro, Gregory J. Mazzaro, Sean F. McGowan, Sean F. McGowan, Kyle A. Gallagher, Kyle A. Gallagher, Kelly D. Sherbondy, Kelly D. Sherbondy, Anthony F. Martone, Anthony F. Martone, Ram M. Narayanan, Ram M. Narayanan, } "Phase responses of harmonics reflected from radio-frequency electronics", Proc. SPIE 9829, Radar Sensor Technology XX, 98290O (12 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2218472; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2218472
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