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The authors address the problem of multipath cancellation in the reference signal used in passive bistatic radar (PBR), which exploits an existing transmitter as emitter of opportunity. The presence of multipath echoes in the reference signal is demonstrated to strongly affect the detection performance of passive radar. Based on the well-known constant modulus algorithm (CMA) approach in the time-domain, new multi-dimensional techniques are considered for the adaptive equalisation of the reference signal based on an array of antennas and multiple receiving channels. The effectiveness of these techniques for PBR purposes is demonstrated with reference to typical simulated scenarios. The considered strategies, addressed as space-CMA and space-time-CMA, are shown to be able to recover the performance loss because of the multipath contribution in the reference signal so that they appear as very appealing solutions for PBR equipped with an array of antennas and multiple receiving channels.
Date of Publication: June 2009