Modern frequency estimation algorithms for FMCW radar systems
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Proc. SPIE's 8th Annual International Symposium on NDE for Health Monitoring and Diagnostics
In frequency modulated continuous wave sensor systems for object distance measurement, use of the fast Fourier transformation for frequency estimation is widely adopted because of its comparably low execution time and available implementations. Inherent resolution restrictions make modern state-space based frequency estimators a viable alternative to this approach. Estimation of the correct model order, crucial to accurate distance measurement when used in a setup with an unknown number of targets, may be avoided by using active transponders. In this paper, application of a state-space frequency estimator is investigated with the use of measurement data in a system with an a priori known number of active targets. Evaluation results are analyzed and compared to performance of the Fourier transformation.