Accession Number : ADA256074

Title :   Nonlinear Modeling of Gated Range Tracker Dynamics with Application to Radar Range Resolution. Phase 1.

Descriptive Note : Rept. for 1 Oct 88-30 Sep 89,

Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Abed, Eyad H. ; Goldberg, Allen J. ; Gover, Robert E.

Report Date : 22 SEP 1992

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Nonlinear dynamic models for gated radar range trackers are developed and applied to the range resolution problem. Two common types of tracking loop dynamics, as well as the automated gain control (AGC), are accounted for in the models. The null detector is formulated in a general way that encompasses many important error detector laws, including centroid and leading-edge. Both discrete-time and continuous-time dynamic models are presented for each class of tracking loop. The discrete-time models are derived by using an analytical description of the pulse-to-pulse dynamics of the tracker. The continuous time models are approximations of their discrete-time counterparts for sufficiently small values of the pulse repetition interval. Each of the models is analyzed for a deterministic target return condition. General criteria for asymptotic stability of equilibrium points of the models are studied. The most striking of the stability criteria is a sign requirement on the slope of a range error curve. These criteria are used in a two-target example to evaluate conclusions on a tracker's resolution capability as a function of target separation. These conclusions are compared with those obtained previously using Woodward's ambiguity function approach to resolvability. Range gate, Range gate model, Radar dynamics, Tracker dynamics, Range gate stability.

Descriptors :   *GATES(CIRCUITS), *RANGE(DISTANCE), *RANGE GATING, *RADAR TRACKING, AMBIGUITY, APPROACH, CONTROL, DETECTORS, DYNAMICS, EDGES, ERRORS, FUNCTIONS, GAIN, INTERVALS, LEADING EDGES, LOOPS, MODELS, PULSES, RADAR, REQUIREMENTS, RESOLUTION, SEPARATION, SLOPE, STABILITY, TARGETS, TIME, TRACKING, VALUE.

Subject Categories : Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment
      Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE