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Adaptive LPD Radar Waveform Design with Generative Deep Learning

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Proposing a novel method using generative deep learning to create low probability of detection radar waveforms that blend into the RF background while maintaining sensing capabilities.
Radar systems are crucial for military operations, but vulnerable to detection. Low Probability of Detection (LPD) radar waveforms aim to reduce detectability while maintaining performance metrics. Traditional LPD waveform design methods include low peak power, wideband, frequency agile, and coded waveforms. Deep learning techniques like GANs are used for LPD radar waveform design. Unsupervised GANs generate adaptive radar waveforms matching the RF environment distribution. Wasserstein GANs optimize waveform similarity to RF background for LPD. Ambiguity loss optimizes generated waveforms for desirable ambiguity characteristics. Evaluation shows up to 90% reduction in detectability with improved ambiguity function characteristics.
Our method can generate LPD waveforms that reduce detectability by up to 90%.
"Our framework also provides a mechanism to trade-off detectability and sensing performance."

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by Matthew R. Z... at 03-20-2024
Adaptive LPD Radar Waveform Design with Generative Deep Learning

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How can this generative technique be applied beyond just LPD?

This generative technique can be applied beyond just LPD by adapting the target distribution and ambiguity function to meet specific operational requirements. For example, by adjusting the target distribution to mimic different types of RF environments or signals, the generated waveforms can be tailored for various applications such as anti-interference, cognitive radar systems, or even waveform diversity optimization. Additionally, incorporating additional objectives like bandwidth constraints could further expand the applicability of this technique in radar signal processing tasks.

What are the limitations of using Gaussian noise-based waveforms compared to this method?

Using Gaussian noise-based waveforms has limitations when compared to this generative technique. While Gaussian noise waveforms are effective in scenarios where the RF background is dominated by negative SNR signals (resulting in white noise as an optimal LPD waveform), they lack adaptability when positive SNR signals are present in the environment. In contrast, this generative approach generalizes well to cases with mixed positive and negative SNR signals, providing a more versatile solution for generating LPD radar waveforms that blend into complex RF backgrounds.

How can this technique adapt to changing RF environments or operational requirements?

This technique can adapt to changing RF environments or operational requirements by leveraging its unsupervised nature and flexibility in training objectives. By continuously training on representative datasets from evolving RF environments, such as real-time measurements or updated background distributions, the generator network can learn and generate new examples that closely match these changing conditions. Additionally, fine-tuning with specific ambiguity functions allows for targeted adaptation towards desired sensing characteristics based on varying operational needs. This adaptive capability enables the model to adjust its outputs dynamically according to shifting RF conditions or specific mission requirements.