Energy Detection in the Ocean Acoustic Environment

  • Fredrick W. Machell
  • Clark S. Penrod


The performance of the energy detector is evaluated using ambient noise data from several ocean acoustic environments. Estimates of the false alarm probability are presented as a function of the detection threshold for each environment. Estimated values for the corresponding minimum detectable signal-to-noise ratio (MDS) are also given for an artifically generated white Gaussian signal. The results presented here indicate that non-Gaussian noise statistics can have a significant impact on the relationship between the false alarm probability and the detection threshold. This threshold adjustment results in a serious degradation of energy detector performance in terms of the MDS for some non-Gaussian noise environments.


False Alarm Ambient Noise Energy Detector False Alarm Probability Noise Data 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fredrick W. Machell
    • 1
  • Clark S. Penrod
    • 1
  1. 1.Applied Research LaboratoriesThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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