Performance of Chirp Parameter Estimation in the Fractional Fourier Domains and an Algorithm for Fast Chirp-Rate Estimation

Aldimashki O., Serbes A.

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON AEROSPACE AND ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS, vol.56, pp.3685-3700, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/taes.2020.2981268
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premier, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC, Metadex, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.3685-3700
  • Keywords: Chirp, Parameter estimation, Estimation, Computational efficiency, Transforms, Radar, Time-frequency analysis, Chirp rate, chirp signals, fractional fourier transform (FrFT), golden section search (GSS), linear-frequency-modulated (LFM) parameter estimation, radon-wigner transform, CUBIC PHASE FUNCTION, SIGNAL-DETECTION, FREQUENCY ESTIMATION, CONSTANT AMPLITUDE, TRANSFORM
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This article addresses the problem of fast and accurate chirp signal parameter estimation in fractional Fourier domains. By employing a perturbation analysis, it is shown that the fractional Fourier transform can be used as an effective tool to yield an asymptotically minimum-variance unbiased estimator of the chirp parameters. Furthermore, it is shown that the asymptotic performance of the fractional-Fourier-transform-based chirp-rate estimator depends only on the actual chirp rate, not the initial frequency. Consequently, the chirp-rate estimation can be done in only one-dimensional search space, which greatly reduces the computational cost. In order to validate theoretical outcomes, we propose a fast and powerful method for the estimation of chirp rates in the fractional Fourier domains based on the golden section search. Extensive computer simulations confirm the theoretical results by demonstrating that the estimation performance of the chirp rate achieves the Cramer-Rao lower bound for both single- and multicomponent chirps. Consequently, we assert that the proposed method of chirp parameter estimation in the fractional Fourier domains is the minimum-variance unbiased estimator, requiring minimal computational cost.