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Superoscillatory Radar Imaging: Improving Radar Range Resolution Beyond Fundamental Bandwidth Limitations

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2 Author(s)
Wong, A.M.H. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada ; Eleftheriades, G.V.

In this work, we propose to improve the range resolution in a conventional radar system by employing a superoscillatory pulse as the radar pulse. A superoscillatory waveform is a waveform which contains, across a finite time interval, faster variations than its highest constituent frequency component. As such, radar imaging using a superoscillatory pulse allows one to detect an object with a range resolution improved beyond a fundamental bandwidth limitation. In this work, we experimentally compare the radar resolution performance of a 500 MHz superoscillatory pulse with that of a sinc pulse of the same bandwidth, and demonstrate that the superoscillatory pulse reduces distance uncertainty by 36%. We also suggest future directions of development to our proposed radar system.

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Microwave and Wireless Components Letters, IEEE  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 3 )