Theoretical performance of a mobile GPS linked pulsed ring down array

D. Reale, J. Mankowski, Y. Chen, J. Walter, S. Holt, J. Dickens

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The development of mobile Pulsed Ring Down Source (PRDS) arrays requires the ability to accurately determine the relative positions of array elements at distances, and in situations, where discrete measurements are not practical. At the frequencies of interest, centimeter level accuracy is required for the array to localize radiated energy at a given target location. Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and techniques are evaluated for the purpose of position acquisition. Previously a Monte Carlo simulation was developed that takes into account the position error, the GPS timing error, and the switch jitter of the element. The error sources are combined and used a metric to evaluate and predict the array performance. Results of the GPS device testing, as well as previous work, are used as the input parameters of the simulation to determine their viability for use in the implementation of PRDS arrays capable of radiating at frequencies of up to 500 MHz.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5976098
Pages (from-to)1079-1083
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • GPS
  • Monte Carlo methods
  • electromagnetic radiation
  • nonuniformly spaced arrays
  • phased arrays


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