Low-THz Automotive 3D Imaging Radar

Phippen, Dominic Michael ORCID: 0000-0001-6024-7636 (2021). Low-THz Automotive 3D Imaging Radar. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This thesis lays out initial investigations into the 3D imaging capabilities of low-THz radar for automotive applications. This includes a discussion of the state of the art of automotive sensors, and the need for a robust, high-resolution imaging system to compliment and address the short-comings of these sensors. The unique capabilities of low-THz radar may prove to be well-suited to meet these needs, but they require 3D imaging algorithms which can exploit these capabilities effectively. One such unique feature is the extremely wide signal bandwidth, which yields a fine range resolution. This is a feature of low-THz radar which has not been discussed or properly investigated before, particularly in the context of generating the 3D position of an object from range information. The progress and experimental verification of these algorithms with a prototype multi-receiver 300GHz radar throughout this project are described; progressing from simple position estimation to highly detailed 3D radar imaging. The system is tested in a variety of different scenarios which a vehicle must be able to navigate, and the 3D imaging radar is compared with current automotive demonstrators experimentally.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School or Department: School of Engineering, Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/11740


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