At the recent IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium (APS), Mike Varner presented work by Alhassoun, Varner, and Durgin on the use of perfect pulses to suppress specular reflections on a highly reflective surface. A classic use of this problem is the reduction of radar signatures of aircraft hangers and other buildings near runways. The flat faces of these structures can often produce large radar returns/multipath that distort ranging by either the air traffic control tower or a descending plane. This presentation provides a unique use of the perfect pulse theory invented here at Georgia Tech to build a solution.
Congratulations to Stephen Dumas who successfully passed his PhD proposal examination on Monday, 27 August 2018. Stephen is pursuing a PhD in satellite-to-satellite localization in space, which has numerous applications in space debris tracking, jammer identification, and general satellite monitoring. Well done, Stephen!
In this work, the author discusses the unique challenges and opportunities of implementing a frequency-hopping scheme for backscatter communications. The author even designs and implements a frequency-hopping algorithm on the GTPG’s custom frequency hopping board, consisting of a programmable microcontrollers and voltage-controlled oscillator + phase locked loop chips.