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Approximate Unconditional Maximum Likelihood Direction of Arrival Estimation for Two Closely Spaced Targets

Vincent, François and Besson, Olivier and Chaumette, Eric Approximate Unconditional Maximum Likelihood Direction of Arrival Estimation for Two Closely Spaced Targets. (2015) IEEE Signal Processing Letters, 22 (1). 86-89. ISSN 1070-9908

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/LSP.2014.2348011


We consider Direction of Arrival (DoA) estimation in the case of two closely spaced sources. In this case, most high resolution techniques fail to estimate the two DoAs if the waveforms are highly correlated. Maximum Likelihood Estimators (MLE) are known to be more robust, but their excessive computational load limits their use in practice. In this paper, we propose an asymptotic approximation of the Unconditional Maximum Likelihood (UML) procedure in the case of a Uniform Linear Array (ULA) and two closely spaced targets. This approximation is based on an asymptotically (in the number of observations) equivalent formulation of the UML criterion, and on its Taylor series approximation for small DoA separation. This simplified procedure, which requires solving a 1D-optimization problem only, is shown to be accurate for source separation lower than half the mainlobe. Furthermore, it outperforms conventional high resolution algorithms in the case of two correlated sources.

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HAL Id:hal-01059131
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
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Département d'Electronique, Optronique et Signal - DEOS (Toulouse, France) - Signal, Communication, Antenne et Navigation - SCAN
Deposited By: Francois VINCENT
Deposited On:29 Aug 2014 12:09

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