Application of Arbitrary Position and Width Pulse Trains Signals in Ultrasonic Imaging: Correlation Performance Study
Keywords:High resolution imaging, ultrasonic measurement, ultrasonic imaging, spread spectrum, pulse compression methods
AbstractUltrasonic imaging requires both the accuracy and the resolution. Conventional imaging systems use the pulse signals to accomplish the task. But the energy attainable with such signals is limited. Spread spectrum, compressible signals allow to achieve the wide bandwidth even using long durations. Conventional signals do not offer full flexibility or, like nonlinear frequency modulation signals, lack the ease of properties control. We suggest using novel spread spectrum signals generation technique: trains of pulses of arbitrary pulse width and position (APWP). It is expected that APWP should have properties similar to chirp (wide, controllable bandwidth) and both the single pulse (low correlation sidelobes) signals. Study presented here was aimed at evaluating the correlation properties of APWP signals. It indicates that application of APWP signals allows obtaining the properties better or close to those of the conventional signals. It can be concluded that APWP signals offer a new perspective in imaging applications.
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