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Performance Assessment of Polyphase Pulse Compression Codes

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Executive Summary

The performance of conventional polyphase pulse compression codes such as the Frank, Frank-Zadoff-Chu (FZC), P1, P2, P3, P4, and Px codes will be compared with Oppermann codes. While the majority of the former code classes focus on radar applications, Oppermann codes have been discussed only within the context of Code-Division Multiple-Access (CDMA) systems. In this paper, the authors therefore consolidate findings on the conventional codes and extend the performance assessment to Oppermann codes by accounting for Doppler shifts as needed in radar applications. It is shown that Oppermann codes can conceptually support integrated radar and communication systems as compared to the P1, P2, P3, P4, and Px codes where this is not readily feasible.

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