Staggered Costas Signals

Avraham Freedman, Nadav Levanon

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A radar signal, based on coherent processing of a train of staggered Costas bursts, is suggested and investigated. The selection of sequences of each burst is based on a minimum number of collocation of their individual ambiguity function sidelobe peaks. The resulting ambiguity function combines qualities of both “thumbtack” and “bed of nails” signals. Comparison with linear-FM, V-FM, and complementary phase coded (CPC) signals is given, as well as comparison with hybrid signals consisting of both phase and frequency coding.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)695-702
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1986


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