A general analysis of the effect of an arbitrarv power-series nonlinear amplifier followed by a coherent mixing device on signal-tonoise ratio (SNR) is performed. An expression is derised for the improvement factor which is defined as the logarithm of the ratio of the output SNR to the input SNR. This expression is applicable to the coherent amplitude detector and phase locked loop as well as noncoherent amplifier bv appropriate selections of the detection angle. Moreover, the improvement factor can be obtained for noise with an arbitrary amplitude distribution. To demonstrate the applicability of this analysis, the improvement factors of the nonlinear amplifiers such as a power-law amplifier and a power-series amplifier with positive and negative discriminations are numerically calculated for the cases where the input noise amplitude distributions are Rician and triangular.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems|
|Publication status||Published - 1983 Jan|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Aerospace Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering