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Ultra-wideband short-pulse radar with range accuracy for short range detection

United States Patent

October 7, 2014
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An ultra-wideband (UWB) radar transmitter apparatus comprises a pulse generator configured to produce from a sinusoidal input signal a pulsed output signal having a series of baseband pulses with a first pulse repetition frequency (PRF). The pulse generator includes a plurality of components that each have a nonlinear electrical reactance. A signal converter is coupled to the pulse generator and configured to convert the pulsed output signal into a pulsed radar transmit signal having a series of radar transmit pulses with a second PRF that is less than the first PRF.
Rodenbeck; Christopher T. (Albuquerque, NM), Pankonin; Jeffrey (Albuquerque, NM), Heintzleman; Richard E. (Albuquerque, NM), Kinzie; Nicola Jean (Albuquerque, NM), Popovic; Zorana P. (Boulder, CO)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
13/ 241,550
September 23, 2011
This invention was developed under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.