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Quad-Quaternion MUSIC for DOA Estimation Using Electromagnetic Vector Sensors

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20092008:213293

  • Received: 24 April 2008
  • Accepted: 22 December 2008
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A new quad-quaternion model is herein established for an electromagnetic vector-sensor array, under which a multidimensional algebra-based direction-of-arrival (DOA) estimation algorithm, termed as quad-quaternion MUSIC (QQ-MUSIC), is proposed. This method provides DOA estimation (decoupled from polarization) by exploiting the orthogonality of the newly defined "quad-quaternion" signal and noise subspaces. Due to the stronger constraints that quad-quaternion orthogonality imposes on quad-quaternion vectors, QQ-MUSIC is shown to offer high robustness to model errors, and thus is very competent in practice. Simulation results have validated the proposed method.


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Department of Electronic Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, 100081, China