Optimal linear array heading in a directional noise field
McDonnell, David C.
Coppens, Alan B.
Ziomek, Lawrence J.
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This thesis discusses a procedure that optimizes the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) detected by a linear array in a directional ambient noise field. The SNR can be optimized by minimizing the ambient noise detected by the array. For a given target location, each possible heading of the array centers the ambiguous beam of the array at a different true bearing. Therefore, each heading of the array will receive a different ambient noise level. An optimal heading can be obtained which maximizes the SNR received by the array. For all possible headings the beam pattern of the array must be determined and combined with the ambient noise field to determine the noise level detected. This thesis discusses the theory involved in calculating the ambient noise levels detected for each heading and provides a computer program which performs the calculations for a particular array. Linear arrays, Directional ambient noise, Optimal signal-noise ratio.
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