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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hicks, James
Author's Email Address jahicks@vt.edu
URN etd-08152000-12590010
Title Overloaded Array Processing with Spatially Reduced Search Joint Detection
Degree Master of Engineering
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Reed, Jeffrey Hugh Committee Chair
Tranter, William H. Committee Member
Woerner, Brian D. Committee Member
  • Overloaded Array
  • Interference Mitigation
  • Antenna Array
  • Joint Detection
Date of Defense 2000-05-10
Availability unrestricted
An antenna array is overloaded when the number of cochannel signals in its operating environment exceeds the number of elements. Conventional space-time array processing for narrow-band signals fails in overloaded environments. Overloaded array processing (OAP) is most difficult when signals impinging on the array are near equal power, have tight excess bandwidth, and are of identical signal type. In this thesis, we first demonstrate how OAP is theoretically possible with the joint maximum likelihood (JML) receiver. However, for even a modest number of interfering signals, the JML receiver's computational complexity quickly exceeds the real-time ability of any computer. This thesis proposes an iterative joint detection technique, Spatially Reduced Search Joint Detection, (SRSJD), which approximates the JML receiver while reducing its computational complexity by several orders of magnitude. This complexity reduction is achieved by first exploiting spatial separation between interfering signals with a linear pre-processing stage, and second, performing iterative joint detection with a (possibly) tail-biting and "time"-varying trellis. The algorithm is sub-optimal but is demonstrated to well approximate the optimum receiver in modest signal to interference ratios. SRSJD is shown to demodulate over 2M zero excess bandwidth synchronous QPSK signals with an M element array. Also, this thesis investigates a temporal processing technique similar to SRSJD, Temporally Reduced Search Joint Detection (TRSJD), that separates co-channel, asynchronous, partial response signals. The technique is demonstrated to separate two near equal power QPSK signals with r= .35 root raised-cosine pulse shapes.
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