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Array invariant-based calibration of array tilt using a source of opportunity

TitleArray invariant-based calibration of array tilt using a source of opportunity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsByun G., Cho C., Song HC, Kim J.S, Byun S.H
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Date Published2018/03
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0001-4966
Accession NumberWOS:000427405300016
Keywordsacoustics; Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology; blind deconvolution; range estimation; source localization; time-reversal

The array invariant, a robust approach to source-range estimation in shallow water, is based on the dispersion characteristics of broadband signals in ideal waveguides. It involves time-domain plane-wave beamforming using a vertical line array (VLA) to separate multiple coherent arrivals in beam angle and travel time. Typically, a probe signal (i.e., a cooperating source) is required to estimate the Green's function, but the array invariant has been recently extended to a ship of opportunity radiating random signals using a ray-based blind deconvolution [Byun, Kim, Cho, Song, and Byun, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 142, EL286-EL291 (2017)]. Still, one major drawback is its sensitivity to the array tilt, shifting the beam angles and adversely affecting the array invariant parameter that determines the source range. In this paper, a simple optimization algorithm for simultaneous estimation of the array tilt and the source range is presented. The method is applied to a ship of opportunity (200-900 Hz) circling around a 56-m long VLA at a speed of 3 knots (1.5 m/s) at ranges of 1.8-3.6 km in approximately 100-m deep shallow water. It is found that the standard deviation of the relative range error significantly reduces to about 4%, from 14% with no compensation of the array tilt. The estimated tilt angle displayed as a function of the ship's azimuth angle reveals that the VLA is tilted about 3 degrees towards the northwest, suggesting that the array invariant can serve as a remote sensing technique for calibration of the array tilt using a source of opportunity. (C) 2018 Acoustical Society of America.

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