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MIMO radar waveform design with peak and sum power constraints
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing volume 2013, Article number: 127 (2013)
Abstract
Optimal power allocation for multipleinput multipleoutput radar waveform design subject to combined peak and sum power constraints using two different criteria is addressed in this paper. The first one is by maximizing the mutual information between the random target impulse response and the reflected waveforms, and the second one is by minimizing the mean square error in estimating the target impulse response. It is assumed that the radar transmitter has knowledge of the target’s secondorder statistics. Conventionally, the power is allocated to transmit antennas based on the sum power constraint at the transmitter. However, the wide power variations across the transmit antenna pose a severe constraint on the dynamic range and peak power of the power amplifier at each antenna. In practice, each antenna has the same absolute peak power limitation. So it is desirable to consider the peak power constraint on the transmit antennas. A generalized constraint that jointly meets both the peak power constraint and the average sum power constraint to bound the dynamic range of the power amplifier at each transmit antenna is proposed recently. The optimal power allocation using the concept of waterfilling, based on the sum power constraint, is the special case of p = 1. The optimal solution for maximizing the mutual information and minimizing the mean square error is obtained through the KarushKuhnTucker (KKT) approach, and the numerical solutions are found through a nested Newtontype algorithm. The simulation results show that the detection performance of the system with both sum and peak power constraints gives better detection performance than considering only the sum power constraint at low signaltonoise ratio.
1. Introduction
Multipleinput multipleoutput (MIMO) radar is an emerging technology that has significant potential for advancing the state of the art of modern radar. The application of information theory to radar was proposed more than 50 years ago by Woodward and Davies[1, 2]. In[3], maximizing the mutual information (MI) between a Gaussiandistributed extended target reflection and the received signal was suggested. This is believed to be the first to apply information theory to radar waveform design. An information theoretic approach is used in[4] to design radar waveforms suitable for simultaneously estimating and tracking the parameters of multiple targets. The authors in[5] have introduced a criterion for waveform selection in adaptive radar and other sensing applications, which are also based on information theory.
There exist some recent works in the area of radar target identification and classification, which apply both information theoretic and estimation theoretic criteria for optimal waveform design. For example, the research in[6] considered waveform design for MIMO radar (e.g., see[7–15]) by optimizing two criteria: maximization of the MI and minimization of the minimum mean square error (MMSE). It was demonstrated that these two different criteria yield essentially the same optimum solution. Further, this is also true for an asymptotic formulation[6], which requires only the knowledge of power spectral density (PSD). However, it might be very difficult to obtain perfect knowledge of the PSD in practice. In such a circumstance, robust procedures, which can overcome those problems by incorporating a modeling uncertainty into the design from the outset[16], seem quite attractive. For the design of optimal signal for the estimation of correlated MIMO channels, the information theoretic and estimation theoretic criteria are used in[17].
Naghibi and Behnia[18] have investigated the problem of waveform design for target classification and estimation in the presence of clutter using a MMSE estimator for widely separated and closely spaced antenna configurations. It is shown that the waveform design that resulted from MI, MMSE, and normalized mean square error is all different when the noise is assumed to be colored and when the target and noise statistics are not perfectly known[19]. We have proposed a waveform design technique for minimizing the mean square error for estimating the target impulse response in[20], and it has not been addressed before.
The optimal solution for waveform design employs waterfilling that uses sum power constraint (SPC) at the transmitter to allocate limited power appropriately[6]. However, it results in wide power variations across the transmit antennas, and it poses a severe constraint on the dynamic range and peak power amplifier at each antenna. In a multiantenna system where each antenna has the same power amplifier, this would result in peak power clipping. Recently, a transmit beamformer design is proposed under the uniform elemental power constraint. It has been shown that transmit beamforming with the uniform elemental power constraint has better bit error rate performance compared to transmit beamforming with peak power clipping[21]. Another simple way to control the dynamic range of the power amplifier at each transmit antenna is by imposing the perantenna power constraint such that the maximum eigenvalue of the channel power matrix is less than the specified perantenna power[22]. In a multiantenna base station where each antenna has its own power amplifier in its analog frontend and is limited individually by the linearity of the power amplifier, a power constraint imposed on a perantenna basis is more realistic[23]. The focus of this paper is to design a beamforming vector that minimizes the perantenna power on each transmit antenna while enforcing a set of SINR constraints on each user.
Recently, the pnorm constraint which jointly meets the sum power constraint and the maximum average individual power constraint has been proposed[24]. From a mathematical point of view, the sum power constraint turns out to be the case of a family of constraints with p = 1, and the equal power constraint turns out as p = ∞. Therefore, the pnorm power constraint seems to be a very powerful measurement to characterize a more general constraint for MIMO system. The directional derivative method is shown to be an efficient method to solve the optimum linear transceivers, subject to the pnorm constraint[24, 25]. In[25], the mutual information between the input and output of Gaussian vector channels is considered, given the channel state information.
This paper addresses the problem of designing waveforms for MIMO radar that maximizes mutual information and that minimizes the mean square error in estimating the target impulse response subject to the pnorm constraint assuming that the radar transmitter has knowledge of the target PSD. The target PSD could be obtained through some feedback mechanism referred to as covariance feedback. The focus of this paper is to meet the peak power constraint and the sum power constraint to a maximum possible extent. The rest of this paper is organized as follows: In Section 2, the signal model is presented. The general concept of pnorm is introduced in Section 3. The problem formulation is briefed in Section 4. The waveform design with the pnorm constraint using the KarushKuhnTucker (KKT) approach is derived in Section 5. Detection performance of the MIMO radar waveform is considered in Section 6, and a numerical example is given in Section 7. Section 8 concludes this paper.
1.1. Notation
Bold uppercase and lowercase letters denote matrices and vectors, respectively. Superscripts {.}^{H} and {.}^{T} are used to denote the complex conjugate transpose and transpose of a matrix, respectively. det{.} and tr{.} represent the determinant and trace of a matrix, respectively. The symbol " ‖ ∘ ‖ " denotes the Euclidean norm of a vector, and diag{a} denotes a diagonal matrix with its diagonal given by the vector a. Complex Gaussian distribution with mean m and covariance matrix R is denoted by\mathcal{N}\left(m,\mathit{R}\right). Finally, (a)^{+} denotes the positive part of a, i.e., (a)^{+} = max[0,a].
2. System model
Consider a MIMO radar equipped with M transmitting antenna elements and N receiving antenna elements with extended target. The target is assumed to be pointlike between each pair of transmit and receive antennas. The received signal component at the n th antenna element in the k th time instant is expressed as
where s _{ i }(k) represents the transmit signal at the i th transmit antenna, h _{ in } is the target impulse response from the i th transmit antenna to the n th receive antenna, and ξ _{ n }(k) is the noise in the n th receive antenna. The components of the noise vector are assumed to be independent and identically distributed (i.i.d.) Gaussian random variables with zero mean and variance σ _{ ξ } ^{2}. In vector form, the signal model is written as
where h _{ n } = [h _{1n }, h _{2n },…, h _{ Mn }]^{T} and s(k) = [s _{1}(k), s _{2}(k),…, s _{ M }(k)]^{T}. The received signal at the n th receive element obtained by stacking the K samples for an observation time of T seconds in a row is given by
where S = [s(1), s(2),…, s(K)]^{T}. It is assumed that the channel is unchanged during the observation time of T seconds. Collecting the received waveforms from all the N receive elements, the received signal in matrix form can be written as
where Y = [y _{1} ^{T}, y _{2} ^{T},…, y _{ N } ^{T}] is Gaussian distributed with zero mean and covariance (SR _{ H } S ^{H} + σ _{ ξ } ^{2} I _{ k }), the columns of H = [h _{1}, h _{2},…, h _{ N }] are i.i.d. with distribution\mathcal{N}\left(0,{\mathit{R}}_{H}\right) and the columns of ξ = [ξ _{ 1 } ^{T}, ξ _{ 2 } ^{T},…, ξ _{ N } ^{T}] are i.i.d. with zero mean and covariance matrix σ _{ ξ } ^{2} I _{ K }.
3. Preliminaries
The concept of pnorm and its relation to various power constraints is briefly summarized in this section. In linear algebra theory, the pnorm is given by

1.
For p = 1, {\Vert x\Vert}_{1}:={\displaystyle \sum _{i=1}^{n}\left{x}_{i}\right}. This is 1norm and it is simply the sum of the absolute values of x _{ i }. So this refers to the sum power constraint if x _{ i } denotes the power in each antenna.

2.
For p = ∞, ‖x‖_{ ∞ } := max(x _{1},..., x _{ M }). In linear algebra theory, this infinity norm is a special case of the uniform norm. So this refers to equal power allocation.

3.
For 1 < p < ∞, the pnorm constraint can be formulated into an optimization problem and can satisfy both the sum power constraint with an upper bound β that is not tight and a peak power constraint with threshold α for an appropriate value for ‘p’ as discussed below.
4. Problem formulation
In this paper, the design of MIMO radar waveform with combined peak and sum power constraints is addressed using two different criteria. The first one is to maximize the conditional mutual information between the target impulse response and the reflected waveform. The second one is to minimize the mean square error in estimating the target impulse response.
4.1. MI criterion
The conditional mutual information between the received signal Y and the target impulse response H, given the knowledge of S is
From[26], h(Y/S) = log[det(SR _{ H } S ^{H} + σ _{ ξ } ^{2} I _{ k })] and h(Y/H,S) = h(ξ); then, the mutual information in (5) can be written as
Using the determinant property, det(I _{ p } + AB) = det(I _{ q } + BA), (6) can be written as
If the variance of noise is assumed to be unity,
The objective is to maximize the mutual information I(Y;H/S). In the case of the sum power constraint, the constraint is given by
where β is the sum of the average transmit powers. However, it results in wide power variations across the transmit antennas[22]. So the pnorm power constraint that jointly satisfies the sum power constraint and the peak power constraint is considered here[25]. Then, the problem of waveform design can be expressed as
where J is a constant, the value of which depends on the constraint. Let α be the constraint on the peak power on the antenna. If p = 1, the constraint is tr(S ^{H} S) = J, then the constant J will be equal to the sum power constraint β. If p = ∞, the norm becomes aninfinity norm which is a special case of the uniform norm in linear algebra theory. To meet both the sum power constraint and the peak power constraint, the maximum value cannot be greater than the equal power, i.e., β/M. For values of p within the interval 1 < p < ∞, J = α satisfies both the perantenna power constraint and sum power constraint. The individual power constraint α can be chosen in the interval\left[\frac{\beta}{M},\beta \right]. The norm factor p is appropriately chosen as[22]
Applying singular value decomposition on R _{ H }, it can be expressed as R _{ H } = UΛU ^{H}, where Λ = diag(λ _{11}, λ _{22},…, λ _{ MM }), where λ _{ ii } is the eigenvalue of the covariance matrix of the target impulse response. Substituting for R _{ H } in (7) and simplifying,
where X = SU is a (K × M) matrix. Let D = X ^{H} X. Since U is unitary, tr(S ^{H} S) = tr(X ^{H} X). Now the problem formulation can be expressed as
4.2. MMSE criterion
The problem of radar waveform design under the scenario of target identification requires the estimation of target impulse response. MMSE, in estimating the target impulse response, is given by[3]
If the noise is assumed to have unit variance, then
As given for mutual information, the problem formulation for MMSE could be given as
5. Waveform design with pnorm power constraint
According to Hadamard’s inequality, the optimal solution of (11) and (14) can be achieved when (I _{ M } + Λ D) in (11) and (D + Λ ^{−1})^{−1} in (14) are diagonal. Hadamard’s inequalities for the determinant and trace of an n × n positive semidefinite Hermitian matrix A are
where a _{ ii } is the i th diagonal element of A, and equality is achieved in both cases if and only if A is diagonal[27]. Thus, D = X ^{H} X must be a diagonal matrix with nonnegative elements d _{ ii } ≥ 0, ∀i ∈ [1,M]. Now, the mutual information in (10) can be written as
It can be shown that (16) is concave as a function of D[28]. Similarly, the minimum mean square error in (13) can be written as
The MMSE function in (17) is convex as a function of D[18]. If D = X ^{H} X should be a diagonal matrix, the columns of X should be orthogonal. Hence, X is factored as[29]
where the columns of φ are orthonormal. As X = SU, the transmitted signal matrix is given by
where d _{ ii } is the diagonal element of D. The two problems given in (11) and (14) are convex optimization problems that can be solved using the KKT optimality conditions[28].
5.1. MI criterion
The problem statement in (11) is now written as
The Lagrangian for (20) can be written as
where d = (d _{1}, d _{2},…, d _{ M }), η = (η _{1}, η _{2},…, η _{ M }), and η and h are Lagrangian multipliers. The optimality conditions are[20]
If λ _{ i } > 0, (22) can be solved as
where\mu =\frac{1}{\mathit{hp}}. If λ _{ i } = 0, then d _{ i } = 0.
5.1.1. Case 1: sum power constraint (p = 1)
The transmit sum power constraint turns out as the special case of the pnorm constraint at p = 1. Substituting p = 1 in (23) gives
μ such that{\displaystyle \sum}_{i=1}^{M}{d}_{i}=J.
This case yields the wellknown waterfilling solution.
5.1.2. Case 2:equal power constraint (p = ∞)
The case p = ∞ turns out as the equal power constraint of the pnorm constraint. It is known that
5.1.3. Case 3: peak and sum power constraints (1 < p < ∞)
The solution of d _{ i } for 1 ≤ i ≤ M is obtained by solving the simultaneous equations which are obtained using KKT optimality conditions. The simultaneous equation in (23) can be solved using a fast quadratically convergent algorithm for finding numerical solutions. It consists of nested Newton iterations of the general type x _{ n+1} = x _{ n } − h(x _{ n })/h’(x _{ n }), useful for finding a solution of x of h(x) = 0.
The monotone function is given by
The zero of the monotone function is
For μ = μ ^{(n)}, the iteration is
The outer iteration is
where
5.2. MMSE criterion
The problem statement of (14) can be written as
The Lagrangian for (31) can be written as
where d = (d _{1}, d _{2},…, d _{ M }), η = (η _{1}, η _{2},…, η _{ M }), and η and h are Lagrangian multipliers. The optimality conditions are
If λ _{ i } > 0, (25) can be solved as
5.2.1. Case 1: sum power constraint (p = 1)
Substituting p = 1 in (34) gives the wellknown waterfilling solution as in the case of the MI criterion:
μ such that{\displaystyle \sum}_{i=1}^{M}{d}_{i}=J.
5.2.2. Case 2:equal power constraint (p = ∞)
For p = ∞,
5.2.3. Case 3: peak and sum power constraints (1 < p < ∞)
For the case of peak and sum power constraints, (34) can be solved using the nested Newton algorithm. The monotone function is given by
The update equation for d _{ i } is
As an initial value in the iteration of (28) and (37), d _{ i,0} ^{(n)} = q _{ i } ^{−1}(μ _{ n−1}) is chosen, and this yields excellent convergence results.
6. Detection performance  NeymanPearson detector
The MIMO radar detection problem can be formulated as a binary hypothesis test as
The probability density functions (pdfs) of Y under{\mathcal{H}}_{0} and{\mathcal{H}}_{1} are given by[30]
respectively. The loglikelihood becomes
where
is a constant term independent of Y. The optimal NeymanPearson detection statistics is given by
If T(Y) exceeds a given threshold, a target exists. To find the detection threshold, we have
Let
Then, we have[31]
Under{\mathcal{H}}_{i},i=0,1, where α _{ j } ^{(i)} is the j th eigenvalue of P ^{1/2}(γ SR _{ H } S ^{H} + σ _{ ξ } ^{2} I _{ k })P ^{1/2}, γ = 0 under{\mathcal{H}}_{0} and γ = 1 under{\mathcal{H}}_{1}. Therefore, we have
under{\mathcal{H}}_{i},i=0,1. The test statistics is the weighted sum of chisquares. It is approximated as gamma distribution[32]. If C _{ q } are real positive constants and N _{ q } are independent standard normal random variables, ∀q = 1,…, K, then the pdf of the gamma approximation ofR={\displaystyle \sum}_{q=1}^{K}{C}_{q}{N}_{q}{}^{2} is given as
where the parameters a and b are given as
where Γ is the gamma function defined as
For the test statistics in (43), C _{ q } corresponds to α _{ k } ^{(i)} and N _{ q } ^{2} corresponds to{\chi}_{2N}^{2}\left(k\right)\chi. After approximating the pdf using the gamma density, the probability of detection (P _{D}) and the probability of false alarm (P _{FA}) are defined as
where a _{ H 0} and b _{ H 0} are the parameters of the gamma density for null hypothesis\left({\mathcal{H}}_{0}\right) and a _{ H 1} and b _{ H 1} are the parameters of the gamma density for alternate hypothesis\left({\mathcal{H}}_{1}\right). It is known that
For a given value of P _{FA}, the threshold γ is calculated using (49), and the probability of detection is calculated using (48) with the functions available in MATLAB.
7. Numerical example
This section provides numerical examples to illustrate the performance of MIMO radar waveform with combined peak and sum power constraints. A MIMO radar system with M = 5 transmit and N = 5 receive antenna system is considered. First, we consider the power allocation among the transmit antennas. Figure 1 illustrates the optimal transmitting power on one of the antennas for 100 different target impulse response realizations for various values of the norm, p:

1.
p = 1, SPC: This case corresponds to the waterfilling strategy, and power is allotted in proportion to the quality of the target mode. More power is allotted to a better mode. For low values of total power, no power is allotted to poor quality modes. As shown in Figure 1, the transmit power fluctuates as much as 4 W in the transmit antenna under the sum power constraint.

2.
1 < p < ∞, peak and sum power constraints (PSPC): When the value of p is appropriately chosen, this satisfies the sum power constraint of the whole system and the peak power constraint of the individual antenna. If the individual power constraint is chosen as 2 W, the value of p that satisfies both the sum power constraint and the individual power constraint according to (9) is 2.32. It is observed in Figure 1 that for the same total power of 5 W, the constraint on the power of the individual antenna has made the power to be distributed to all the five antennas. It is also ensured that the peak power through the individual antenna does not exceed 2 W. If the initial value of the outer iteration μ _{0} and the initial values for computing q _{ i } ^{−1}(μ ^{(0)}) are appropriately chosen, the numerical algorithm yields excellent convergence results with eight digit accuracy after four to six iterations.

3.
p = ∞, equal power constraint (EPC): For this case, the total power is equally divided among all transmit antennas.
7.1. Mutual information and MMSE performance
The MI performance of the three power allocations is shown in Figure 2a,b, and the MMSE performance is shown in Figure 3a,b. The MI and MMSE values are averaged for 100 different target impulse response realizations.
Figures 2a and3a show the MI performance and MMSE performance, respectively, when there is no power constraint on the power amplifiers used in the transmit antennas. It is observed that the sum power constraint that results in waterfilling power allocation has the best performance. This is analytically attractive, but such a sum power constraint is often unrealistic in practice because in practical implementations each antenna is equipped with its own power amplifier and is limited individually by the linearity of the amplifier. So there would be a maximum limit on the power that could be amplified. The remaining power would be clipped off. If such practical considerations are taken into account, the MI and MMSE performance would be as shown in Figures 2b and3b. At low signaltonoise ratio (SNR), the waterfilling power allocation strategy allocates more power to target modes with high target PSD values and no power to some target modes with very low target PSD values. In such circumstances, the power amplifiers would experience a clipping effect and only low power would be transmitted. As given in the problem formulation, the peak power constraint α should be β/M ≤ α ≤ β. So
If c = 0, then\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\alpha =\frac{\beta}{M} (equal power), and if\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}c=1\frac{1}{M}\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}, then α = β (sum power). So\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}0\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\le \phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}c\phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\le \phantom{\rule{0.25em}{0ex}}\left(1\frac{1}{M}\right). In Figures 2 and3, it is assumed that c = 0.1, that is the maximum power that can be transmitted through the power amplifiers is the equal power plus 10% of the total power (e.g., if β = 5 W for M = 5, the maximum individual power constraint is α = 1.5 W). It is quite evident that the sum power constraint has got inferior performance up to about an SNR value of 3 dB.
7.2. Detection performance
We consider the detection performance of the waveform under the sum power constraint and maximum individual power constraint. It is assumed that the target PSD is known to the transmitter and receiver. The detection performance of the optimal NeymanPearson detector is considered. The probability of false alarm is kept as Pr _{FA} = 10^{−5}. To obtain the threshold of the detection statistics and the detection probability, 10^{3} Monte Carlo trials are conducted for 100 different target impulse response realizations. The detection performance is shown in Figures 4 and5 for the MI criterion and Figures 6 and7 for the MMSE criterion.
It is observed in Figures 4a and6a that the detection performance for the sum power constraint that results in the waterfilling type of power allocation is superior compared to that for the peak power constraint and equal power allocation schemes with c = 0.1 for MI and MMSE criteria, respectively. However, when there is a limitation on the maximum power of the power amplifier in each antenna, the clipping effect would result in inferior detection performance for the waterfilling type of power allocation in a lowSNR region as shown in Figures 4b and6b. A similar observation is made in Figure 5a,b for the MI criterion and Figure 7a,b for the MMSE criterion with c = 0.3 The detection performance of the waveform with equal power allocation in all the antennas is inferior.
When observing Figures 4a and5a for the MI criterion and Figures 6a and7a for the MMSE criterion, it is inferred that when the value of individual power constraint ∝ is increased (from c = 0.1 to c = 0.3), the detection performance of the combined peak and sum power constraints move towards the waterfilling case.
7.3 Convergence behavior
The combined peak and sum power constraints usea nested Newton algorithm for power allocation. When the initial values are appropriately chosen, the algorithm converges in approximately five to six iterations as shown in Figure 8.
8. Conclusions
We have investigated the performance of MIMO radar waveform design under peak and sum power constraints. For the design of optimum radar waveform for MIMO radar, the secondorder statistics of the extended target impulse response which contains important information regarding the target characteristics is exploited. The KKT approach is used to identify optimal solutions. The wellknown waterfilling principle turns out as a special limiting case when p = 1. For the general case of 1 < p < ∞, it is shown that the power allocation can be determined numerically. The MI performance, MMSE performance, and detection performance are studied for the sum power constraint and peak power constraint. It is observed that in practical implementation when the linearity of the power amplifier is considered, the performance with combined peak and sum power constraints is superior at low SNR. Though the results are suboptimal, this constraint has practical significance. So it is suggested that a hybrid power allocation can be adopted. At low SNR, combined peak and sum power constraints can be used, and at high SNR, the sum power constraint can be used.
Abbreviations
 EPC:

Equal power constraint
 KKT:

KarushKuhnTucker
 MI:

Mutual information
 MIMO:

Multipleinput multipleoutput
 MMSE:

Minimum mean square error
 PSPC:

Peak and sum power constraints
 PSD:

Power spectral density
 pdf:

Probability density function
 SPC:

Sum power constraint.
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Arulraj, M., Jeyaraman, T.S. MIMO radar waveform design with peak and sum power constraints. EURASIP J. Adv. Signal Process. 2013, 127 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1186/168761802013127
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