Different zoom approaches for improving spectral resolution with applications in radar signal processing

A. Hossen*, U. Heute

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Different approaches for a high-resolution analysis of narrow-band spectra are reviewed and compared. Partial-band algorithms are proved to be zoom-FFT's. In this contribution, three new modifications of the (Subband-FFT) SB-FFT are presented. In the first modification the chirp z-transform substitutes the small FFT which calculates the band of interest. In the second modification, the idea of zero-padding the input signal is applied to the SB-FFT with pruning at both input and output. Lastly zooming a small band of frequencies using a method of transforming by parts is applied for a narrow-band signal using the adaptive SB-FFT. A newly introduced version of the subband technique is included also in this work. In this version the subband decomposition technique is combined with the linear prediction method for higher spectrum resolution. Application of the SB-FFT and its modified versions and the new version in measuring the Doppler-frequency directly and indirectly for the purpose of vehicle-speed measurements is introduced in this paper. Comparison between all methods in terms of complexity and resolution is given. A new idea of channel test is included to keep the real-time successive measurements of Doppler frequency stable and consistent as well as simple.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Engineering Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Adaptive algorithms
  • High-resolution spectrum
  • Radar signal processing
  • Spectral analysis methods
  • Vehicle-speed measurements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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