Incoherent DOA estimation in uniform antenna arrays with inordinate spacing using a subband hopping approach

Alireza Shapoury, Erchin Serpedin

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Given a certain transmission frequency, the Shannon spatial sampling limit defines an upper bound for the antenna element spacing. Beyond this bound, the exceeded ambiguity avoids correct estimation of the signal parameters (i.e., array manifold crossing). In this survey, the problem of simultaneous signal and direction-of-arrival (DOA) estimation of broadband sources is addressed when the element spacing of a uniform array antenna (uniform linear array (ULA)) is inordinate. It is illustrated that one can resolve the aliasing ambiguity by utilizing the inherent frequency diversity of the broadband sources. An algorithm based on maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) has been developed to estimate the transmitted data signal and the DOA of each source. Through confirmatory simulation, it is shown that the performance gain of the proposed setup is potentially significant, specifically under a low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and when the transmitters are closely spaced. This relaxes the stringent maximum element-spacing constraint of ULAs pertinent to the upper-bound frequency of transmission and suggests that the element spacing - which in practical applications results in detrimental element coupling - can be conveniently increased, in particular under wide transmission spectrum and low SNR (e.g., license-free communication). A method similar to the frequency hopping approach (i.e., subband hopping) is utilized for the problem of source associations and identification. In the sequel, a suboptimal subspace-based algorithm is proposed and its performance is investigated. An approximate expression for the estimation error has also been developed to gauge the behavior of the proposed setup.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-39
Number of pages23
JournalCircuits, Systems, and Signal Processing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009



  • Array signal processing
  • Direction-of-arrival estimation
  • Maximum likelihood estimation
  • Uniform linear arrays

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Applied Mathematics

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