Conventional beamformer weights
wt = cbfweights(pos,ang) returns narrowband conventional beamformer weights. When applied to the elements of a sensor array, these weights steer the response of the array to a specified arrival direction or set of directions. The sensor array is defined by the sensor positions specified in the pos argument. The arrival directions are specified by azimuth and elevation angles in the ang argument. The output weights, wt, are returned as an N-by-M matrix. In this matrix, N represents the number of sensors in the array while M represents the number of arrival directions. Each column of wt contains the weights for the corresponding direction specified in the ang. The argument wt is equivalent to the output of the function steervec divided by N. All elements in the sensor array are assumed to be isotropic.
Specify a line array of five elements spaced 10 cm apart. Compute the weights for two directions: 30° azimuth, 0° elevation, and 45° azimuth, 0° elevation. Assume a plane wave having a frequency of 1 GHz.
elementPos = (0:.1:.4); % meters c = physconst('LightSpeed'); % speed of light; fc = 1e9; % frequency lam = c/fc; % wavelength ang = [30 45]; % beamforming direction wt = cbfweights(elementPos/lam,ang) % weights
wt = 0.2000 + 0.0000i 0.2000 + 0.0000i 0.0999 + 0.1733i 0.0177 + 0.1992i -0.1003 + 0.1731i -0.1969 + 0.0353i -0.2000 - 0.0004i -0.0527 - 0.1929i -0.0995 - 0.1735i 0.1875 - 0.0696i
Positions of the elements of a sensor array specified as a 1-by-N vector, a 2-by-N matrix, or a 3-by-N matrix. In this vector or matrix, N represents the number of elements of the array. Each column of pos represents the coordinates of an element. You define sensor position units in term of signal wavelength. If pos is a 1-by-N vector, then it represents the y-coordinate of the sensor elements of a line array. The x and z-coordinates are assumed to be zero. If pos is a 2-by-N matrix, then it represents the (y,z)-coordinates of the sensor elements of a planar array which is assumed to lie in the yz-plane. The x-coordinates are assumed to be zero. If pos is a 3-by-N matrix, then the array has arbitrary shape.
Example: [0, 0, 0; .1, .2, .3; 0,0,0]
Data Types: double
Beamforming directions specified as a 1-by-M vector or a 2-by-M matrix. In this vector or matrix, M represents the number of incoming signals. If ang is a 2-by-M matrix, each column specifies the direction in azimuth and elevation of the beamforming direction as [az;el]. Angular units are specified in degrees. The azimuth angle must lie between –180° and 180° and the elevation angle must lie between –90° and 90°. The azimuth angle is the angle between the x-axis and the projection of the beamforming direction vector onto the xy plane. The angle is positive when measured from the x-axis toward the y-axis. The elevation angle is the angle between the beamforming direction vector and xy-plane. It is positive when measured towards the positive z axis. If ang is a 1-by-M vector, then it represents a set of azimuth angles with the elevation angles assumed to be zero.
Data Types: double
Beamformer weights returned as a N-by-M complex-valued matrix. In this matrix, N represents the number of sensor elements of the array while M represents the number of beamforming directions. Each column of wt corresponds to a beamforming direction specified in ang.
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 Van Veen, B.D. and K. M. Buckley. "Beamforming: A versatile approach to spatial filtering". IEEE ASSP Magazine, Vol. 5 No. 2 pp. 4–24.