Simultaneous DOA Estimation of Fully Correlated and Uncorrelated
Gaussian Sources in Nonuniform Linear Antenna Arrays

Yuri Abramovich and Nick Spencer
Mawson Lakes, South Australis


Abstract In many applications, such as passive source location or jammer mapping, the true directions of sources should be discriminated from multipath directions for some relatively small number of multipath sources embedded in a substantial number of single-mode propagated sources [Nickel]. The main problem here is to select a supporting antenna array geometry and corresponding signal processing technique. Indeed, DOA estimation of fully correlated sources advocates significant redundancy in array geometry, ultimately preferring a uniform array and standard spatial smoothing. Conversely, given a particular number of antenna sensors M (eg. in HF radar), sparse arrays are preferable for uncorrelated Gaussian sources because larger aperture means better resolution; moreover, sparse arrays allow estimation of a "superior" number of sources, impossible with a uniform array.

For some small number of multipath sources, we have introduced a special class of nonuniform geometry with embedded "partial arrays," and a corresponding generalised spatial smoothing (GSS) algorithm [Abromovich and Spencer]. We now incorporate this approach into a more general iterative technique.

For a "conventional" total number of sources (m<M), we firstly identify m_UC uncorrelated sources using standard MUSIC applied to the direct data covariance (DDC) matrix. A power-fitting method (based on linear programming) estimates the uncorrelated-source covariance matrix. Secondly, we subtract this from the DDC matrix and apply GSS to obtain multimode DOA estimation. We then find the corresponding complex amplitudes by calculating the "maximum" eigenvector of the "intersource" covariance matrix [Bohme], then iterate with uncorrelated MUSIC estimates using the eigen-decomposition of the updated covariance correction matrix. Further iterations result in separately identified DOA’s for all uncorrelated and fully correlated sources. This paper contains simulation results that demonstrate the efficiency of this algorithm with nonuniform PA geometries. Though demonstrated for linear arrays (typical of HF OTHR applications), this technique could be applied to arbitrary subarrays of a fully filled multifunction array radar.

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