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The ultrawideband (UWB) radar is a promising high-resolution 3-D imaging technique for near targets. We have developed a high-speed imaging algorithm, SEABED, for a UWB pulse radar, a key real-time imaging technology. When the algorithm is applied to UWB, antenna scanning for data acquisition takes significantly longer than calculating the SEABED algorithm itself. This presents a serious problem for the real-time application of UWB radar. In this paper, we use pseudonoise (PN) sequences as the transmitting waveforms, while the original work on the SEABED algorithm assumed impulsive short-wave pulses. Using PN sequences enables us to simultaneously transmit signals with multiple antennas, eliminating the need to scan antennas. We demonstrate that the proposed radar system works well using random sequences to suppress direct waves, which is critical in achieving high speeds for imaging.
Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:47 , Issue: 4 )
Date of Publication: April 2009