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Experimental results of polarimetric detection schemes for DVB-T-based passive radar

: Filippini, F.; Colone, F.; Cristallini, D.; Bournaka, G.


IET radar, sonar & navigation 11 (2017), Nr.6, S.883-891
ISSN: 1751-8784
ISSN: 1751-8792
Fraunhofer FHR ()

This study investigates the potential advantages conveyed by the exploitation of polarimetric diversity in Passive Coherent Location (PCL) system exploiting Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial (DVB-T) signals. To this purpose, different polarimetric detection schemes are considered that jointly exploit the signals collected at different receiving channels characterised by differently polarised antennas. A performance analysis has been carried out using experimental data collected by a passive radar system developed by Fraunhofer, namely PARASOL. This PCL system employs two orthogonal linearly polarised receiving channels (horizontal and vertical). The results obtained against cooperative targets demonstrate that a Polarimetric Generalised Likelihood Ratio Test (P-GLRT) detection scheme provides a remarkable improvement in terms of target detection capability as compared to the single-polarisation operation and the non-coherent integration of the results obtained at the available polarimetric channels.