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Near-field/far-field azimuth and elevation angle estimation using a single vector hydrophone

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3 Author(s)
P. Tichavsky ; Inst. of Inf. Theory & Autom., Czechoslovak Acad. of Sci., Prague, Czech Republic ; K. T. Wong ; M. D. Zoltowski

This paper introduces a new underwater acoustic eigenstructure ESPRIT-based algorithm that yields closed-form direction-of-arrival (DOA) estimates using a single vector hydrophone. A vector hydrophone is composed of two or three spatially co-located but orthogonally oriented velocity hydrophones plus another optional co-located pressure hydrophone. This direction finding algorithm may (under most circumstances) resolve up to four uncorrelated monochromatic sources impinging from the near-field or the far-field, but it assumes that all signal frequencies are distinct. It requires no a priori knowledge of the signals' frequencies, suffers no frequency-DOA ambiguity, and pairs automatically the x-axis direction cosines with the y-axis direction cosines. It significantly outperforms an array of spatially displaced pressure hydrophones of comparable array-manifold size and computational load but may involve more complex hardware. This work also derives new Cramer-Rao bounds (CRBs) for various vector hydrophone constructions of arrival angle estimates for the incident uncorrelated sinusoidal signals corrupted by spatio-temporally correlated additive noise

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IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 11 )