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ABSTRACT: Unlike classical bistatic radars, passive radars make use of illuminators of opportunity to detect targets and to estimate target parameters. One existing radio transmission suitable for passive radar operation is the global system for mobile communication (GSM). For non-cooperative bistatic configurations, one of the major difficulties is the estimation of the reference signal which is required to perform detection. This reference signal, a priori unknown, can be extracted from the signal received at the antenna array provided the direction of arrival of the direct path signal is known. Conventional matched-filter based Doppler filtering offers the possibility of placing the target and interferences in a domain where they can be separated based on Doppler shift. However, slow moving targets residing near mainbeam clutter in the range-Doppler diagram, remain difficult to detect. Internal clutter motion (ICM) exacerbates this issue by spreading the clutter signal power in Doppler frequency. In this paper, we first present a method to estimate autonomously the direction of the illuminating GSM base station from measurements obtained with a two-element antenna array. We passively detect the azimuth of the transmitter without a priori knowledge of the environment. Spatial processing is then employed to attenuate the direct path signal and mitigate its influence on the target detection process. We then propose two methods able to cope with clutter echoes with non zero-Doppler components. We first propose an extension of a CLEAN-like algorithm. We also propose to extend adaptive matched filters to noise-like signals. The adapted matched filter can be used to suppress strictly static clutter but also clutter affected by ICM. These methods are validated by using actual clutter measurements obtained from a passive radar using a GSM base station as illuminator of opportunity.
Radar, 2006 IEEE Conference on; 05/2006