The effects of flight speed on ranging performance of bats using frequency modulated echolocation pulses

Boonman, AR, Parsons, Stuart, & Jones, G (2003) The effects of flight speed on ranging performance of bats using frequency modulated echolocation pulses. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 113, pp. 617-628.

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Abstract

Many species of bat use ultrasonic frequency modulated (FM) pulses to measure the distance to objects by timing the emission and reception of each pulse. Echolocation is mainly used in flight. Since the flight speed of bats often exceeds 1% of the speed of sound, Doppler effects will lead to compression of the time between emission and reception as well as an elevation of the echo frequencies, resulting in a distortion of the perceived range. This paper describes the consequences of these Doppler effects on the ranging performance of bats using different pulse designs. The consequences of Doppler effects on ranging performance described in this paper assume bats to have a very accurate ranging resolution, which is feasible with a filterbank receiver. By modeling two receiver types, it was first established that the effects of Doppler compression are virtually independent of the receiver type. Then, used a cross-correlation model was used to investigate the effect of flight speed on Doppler tolerance and range–Doppler coupling separately. This paper further shows how pulse duration, bandwidth, function type, and harmonics influence Doppler tolerance and range–Doppler coupling. The influence of each signal parameter is illustrated using calls of several bat species. It is argued that range–Doppler coupling is a significant source of error in bat echolocation, and various strategies bats could employ to deal with this problem, including the use of range rate information are discussed.

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ID Code: 79779
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1121/1.1528175
Copyright Owner: Acoustical Society of America
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2015 23:36
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 23:36

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