Roberto Gorelli points our attention at a recently published meteor related paper:

Precision measurements of radar transverse scattering speeds from meteor phase characteristics

This paper has been submitted for publication to Radio Science by Michael Mazur, Petr Pokorný, Peter Brown, Robert J. Weryk, Denis Vida, Carsten Schult, Gunter Stober, Anamika Agrawal.

Abstract: We describe an improved technique for using the backscattered phase from meteor radar echo measurements just prior to the specular point (t0) to calculate meteor speeds and their uncertainty. Our method, which builds on earlier work of Cervera et al. (1997), scans possible speeds in the Fresnel distance – time domain with a dynamic, sliding window and derives a best-speed estimate from the resultant speed distribution.
We test the performance of our method, called pre-t0 speeds by sliding-slopes technique (PSSST), on transverse scattered meteor echoes observed by the Middle Atmosphere Alomar Radar System (MAARSY) and the Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar (CMOR), and compare the results to time-of-flight and Fresnel transform speed estimates. Our novel technique is shown to produce good results when compared to both model and speed measurements using other techniques. We show that our speed precision is ±5% at speeds less than 40 km/s and we find that more than 90% of all CMOR multi-station echoes have PSSST solutions. For CMOR data, PSSST is robust against the selection of critical phase value and poor phase unwrapping. Pick errors of up to ±6 pulses for meteor speeds less than about 50 km/s produce errors of less than ±5% of the meteoroid speed. In addition, the width of the PSSST speed Kernel density estimate (KDE) is used as a natural measure of uncertainty that captures both noise and t0 pick uncertainties.

You can download this paper for free: (46 pages).


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