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Target-depth estimation in active sonar: Cramer-Rao bounds for a bilinear sound-speed profile

By Alexis Mours, Cornel Ioana, Jerome Mars, Nicolas Josso and Yves Doisy

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International audienceThis paper develops a localization method to estimate the depth of a target in the context of active sonar, at long ranges. The target depth is tactical information for both strategy and classification purposes. The Cramer–Rao lower bounds for the target position as range and depth are derived for a bilinear profile. The influence of sonar parameters on the standard deviations of the target range and depth are studied. A localization method based on ray back-propagation with a probabilistic approach is then investigated. Monte-Carlo simulations applied to a summer Mediterranean sound-speed profile are performed to evaluate the efficiency of the estimator. This method is finally validated on data in an experimental tank

Topics: Experimental Tank, Active Sonar, Sound Speed Profile, Cramer-Rao Bounds, Depth Estimation, Range Estimation, Position Estimation, Ray-back Propagation, [SPI.SIGNAL]Engineering Sciences [physics]/Signal and Image processing
Publisher: 'Acoustical Society of America (ASA)'
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1121/1.4962495
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-01426137v1
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