Paper: Fast and Accurate Estimation of Angle-of-Arrival for Satellite-Borne Wideband Communication System

February 8th, 2019

Paper: Fast and Accurate Estimation of Angle-of-Arrival for Satellite-Borne Wideband Communication System

Accurate estimation of angle-of-arrival (AoA) is critical to wideband satellite communications, but is susceptible to receive noises and can be ambiguous due to space/cost-effective hybrid antenna array designs with localized analog phased subarrays.  As a matter of fact, there has yet to be an unambiguous estimator even for narrow-band systems.

This paper proposes a new design of subarray-specific time-varying phase shifts, which enables unambiguous and noise-tolerant estimation of AoA in localized hybrid arrays. Particularly, the new phase shifts deliver deterministic phase changes in the cross-correlations of receive signals between subarrays, and enable the cross-correlations to be coherently accumulated across subarrays and sub-carriers to eliminate ambiguities and tolerate noises.

Another important contribution of the paper is that we optimize the frequency interval for coherent accumulation across sub-carriers, leveraging between estimation errors, and accumulation gains.

Evident from simulations, our approach is able to dramatically improve the estimation accuracy by orders of magnitudes with significantly reduced requirements of complexities and training symbols, as compared with the state of the art. The approach is robust against noises, with estimation errors asymptotically achieving a rigorously developed lower bound.

Fig. 1. Illustration of a one-dimensional linear localized hybrid antenna
array composed of M subarrays. Each subarray has N antenna elements, each connected to an analog phase shifter.

Wu K, Ni W, Su T, Liu R, Guo Y. Fast and Accurate Estimation of Angle-of-arrival for Satellite-borne Wideband Communication System. IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications 36(2): 314–326, 2018.

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