A matched filter network for estimating pulse arrival times
Pulse arrival times are often close to the arrival
times of pulses at nearby positions.
This may occur over a spatial array or from
a single receiver over time.
We develop a method that estimates arrival
times from a series of closely related receptions.
It combines the matched filter with the minimum path algorithm of
In an environment where noise is present, the arrival time
estimates using traditional matched filter processing degrade
owing to arrival time jumps equal to a period of the carrier.
Results obtained from experimental and simulated pulses
demonstrate that our method removes
the jumps while retaining smaller scale arrival time fluctuations
that are of interest.