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Title: Range gated strip proximity sensor

A range gated strip proximity sensor uses one set of sensor electronics and a distributed antenna or strip which extends along the perimeter to be sensed. A micro-power RF transmitter is coupled to the first end of the strip and transmits a sequence of RF pulses on the strip to produce a sensor field along the strip. A receiver is coupled to the second end of the strip, and generates a field reference signal in response to the sequence of pulse on the line combined with received electromagnetic energy from reflections in the field. The sensor signals comprise pulses of radio frequency signals having a duration of less than 10 nanoseconds, and a pulse repetition rate on the order of 1 to 10 MegaHertz or less. The duration of the radio frequency pulses is adjusted to control the range of the sensor. An RF detector feeds a filter capacitor in response to received pulses on the strip line to produce a field reference signal representing the average amplitude of the received pulses. When a received pulse is mixed with a received echo, the mixing causes a fluctuation in the amplitude of the field reference signal, providing a range-limited Doppler typemore » signature of a field disturbance. 6 figs.« less
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
415771
Assignee:
Univ. of California, Oakland, CA (United States) PTO; SCA: 440800; PA: EDB-97:016262; SN: 97001714623
Patent Number(s):
US 5,581,256/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-486,082
Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 3 Dec 1996
Research Org:
University of California
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
44 INSTRUMENTATION, INCLUDING NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE DETECTORS; RANGE FINDERS; DESIGN; RADIO EQUIPMENT; PERFORMANCE; ANTENNAS

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