Optimization of radar pulse compression processing

Samuel M. Song, Woon Kyung Kim, Myung Su Lee

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We propose an optimal radar pulse compression technique and evaluate its performance in the presence of Doppler shift. The traditional pulse compression using Barker code increases the signal strength by transmitting a Barker coded long pulse. The received signal is then processed by an appropriate correlation processing. This Barker code radar pulse compression enhances the detection sensitivity while maintaining the range resolution of a single chip of the Barker coded long pulse. But unfortunately, the technique suffers from the addition of range sidelobes which sometimes will mask weak targets in the vicinity of larger targets. Our proposed optimal algorithm completely eliminates the sidelobes at the cost of additional processing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1997
EventRadar Sensor Technology II - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 1997 Apr 241997 Apr 24


OtherRadar Sensor Technology II
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL


  • Barker code
  • Biphase encoding
  • Doppler shift
  • Pulse compression
  • Radar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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    Song, S. M., Kim, W. K., & Lee, M. S. (1997). Optimization of radar pulse compression processing. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 3066, pp. 211-216) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.276104