Generalized Matched Filter Detector for Fast Fading Channels
The authors consider the problem of detecting a known signal with constant magnitude immersed in noise of unknown variance, when the propagation channel is frequency-flat and randomly time-varying within the observation window. A Basis Expansion Model with random coefficients is used for the channel, and a Generalized Likelihood Ratio approach is adopted in order to cope with deterministic nuisance parameters. The resulting scheme can be seen as a generalization of the well-known Matched Filter detector, to which it reduces for time-invariant channels. Closed-form analytical expressions are provided for the distribution of the test statistic under both hypotheses, which allow to assess the detection performance.