# GSC Beamformer

Generalized sidelobe canceller

**Libraries:**

Phased Array System Toolbox /
Beamforming

## Description

The GSC Beamformerblock implements a generalized sidelobe cancellation (GSC) beamformer. A GSC beamformer splits an arrays incoming signals and sends them through a conventional beamformer path and a sidelobe canceling path. The algorithm first presteers the array to the beamforming direction and then adaptively chooses filter weights to minimize power at the output of the sidelobe canceling path. The algorithm uses least mean squares (LMS) to compute the adaptive weights. The final beamformed signal is the difference between the outputs of the two paths.

## Ports

### Input

**X** — Input signal

*M*-by-*N* complex-valued
matrix

Input signal, specified as an *M*-by-*N* matrix,
where *M* is the number of samples in the data, and *N* is
the number of array elements.

The size of the first dimension of the input matrix can vary to simulate a changing signal length. A size change can occur, for example, in the case of a pulse waveform with variable pulse repetition frequency.

**Data Types: **`double`

**Complex Number Support: **Yes

**Ang** — Beamforming direction

*2*-by-1 real-valued vector

Beamforming direction, specified as a *2*-by-1 real-valued vector, where
taking the form of `[AzimuthAngle;ElevationAngle]`

.
Angle units are in degrees. The azimuth angle must lie between
–180° and 180°, inclusive, and the elevation angle must lie
between –90° and 90°, inclusive. Angles are defined with
respect to the local coordinate system of the array.

#### Dependencies

To enable this port, set the **Source of beamforming
direction** parameter to `Input port`

.

**Data Types: **`double`

### Output

**Y** — Beamformed output

*M*-by-1 complex-valued vector

Beamformed output, returned as an *M*-by-1 complex-valued vector. The
quantity *M* is the number of signal samples.

## Parameters

**Main Tab**

**Signal propagation speed (m/s)** — Signal propagation speed

`physconst('LightSpeed')`

(default) | real-valued positive scalar

Signal propagation speed, specified as a real-valued positive scalar. The default
value of the speed of light is the value returned by
`physconst('LightSpeed')`

. Units are in meters per second.

**Example: **`3e8`

**Data Types: **`double`

**Inherit sample rate** — Inherit sample rate from upstream blocks

on (default) | off

Select this parameter to inherit the sample rate from upstream blocks. Otherwise,
specify the sample rate using the **Sample rate (Hz)**
parameter.

**Data Types: **`Boolean`

**Sample rate (Hz)** — Sampling rate of signal

`1e6`

(default) | positive real-valued scalar

Specify the signal sampling rate as a positive scalar. Units are in Hz.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, clear the **Inherit sample rate** check
box.

**Data Types: **`double`

**Signal path FIR filter length** — Length of the FIR filter along the signal path

`1`

(default) | positive integer

Length of the signal path FIR filter, specified as a positive integer. The FIR filter is a delta function.

**Adaptive filter step size** — LMS adaptive filter step size factor

`0.1`

(default) | positive scalar

The adaptive filter step size factor, specified as a positive scalar. This quantity, when divided by the total power in the sidelobe canceling path, determines the actual adaptive filter step size used by the LMS algorithm.

**Beamforming direction (deg)** — Beamforming direction

2-by-1 real-valued vector

Beamforming direction, specified as a 2-by-1 real-valued vector taking the form
`[AzimuthAngle;ElevationAngle]`

. Angle units are in degrees. The
azimuth angle must lie between –180° and 180°. The elevation angle must lie
between –90° and 90°. Angles are defined with respect to the local coordinate
system of the array.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set the **Source of beamforming
direction** parameter to `Property`

.

**Source of beamforming direction** — Source of beamforming direction

`Property`

(default) | `Input port`

Source of beamforming direction, specified as `Property`

or `Input port`

. When you set **Source of
beamforming direction** to `Property`

, you
then set the direction using the **Beamforming direction
(deg)** parameter. When you select ```
Input
port
```

, the direction is determined by the input to the
`Ang`

port.

**Simulate using** — Block simulation method

`Interpreted Execution`

(default) | `Code Generation`

Block simulation, specified as `Interpreted Execution`

or
`Code Generation`

. If you want your block to use the
MATLAB^{®} interpreter, choose `Interpreted Execution`

. If
you want your block to run as compiled code, choose ```
Code
Generation
```

. Compiled code requires time to compile but usually runs
faster.

Interpreted execution is useful when you are developing and tuning a model. The block
runs the underlying System object™ in MATLAB. You can change and execute your model quickly. When you are satisfied
with your results, you can then run the block using ```
Code
Generation
```

. Long simulations run faster with generated code than in
interpreted execution. You can run repeated executions without recompiling, but if you
change any block parameters, then the block automatically recompiles before
execution.

This table shows how the **Simulate using** parameter affects the
overall simulation behavior.

When the Simulink^{®} model is in `Accelerator`

mode, the block mode specified
using **Simulate using** overrides the simulation mode.

**Acceleration Modes**

Block Simulation | Simulation Behavior | ||

`Normal` | `Accelerator` | `Rapid Accelerator` | |

`Interpreted Execution` | The block executes using the MATLAB interpreter. | The block executes using the MATLAB interpreter. | Creates a standalone executable from the model. |

`Code Generation` | The block is compiled. | All blocks in the model are compiled. |

For more information, see Choosing a Simulation Mode (Simulink).

#### Programmatic Use

Block
Parameter:`SimulateUsing` |

Type:enum |

Values:```
Interpreted
Execution
``` , `Code Generation` |

Default:```
Interpreted
Execution
``` |

**Sensor Arrays Tab**

**Specify sensor array as** — Method to specify array

`Array (no subarrays)`

(default) | `MATLAB expression`

Method to specify array, specified as `Array (no subarrays)`

or `MATLAB expression`

.

`Array (no subarrays)`

— use the block parameters to specify the array.`MATLAB expression`

— create the array using a MATLAB expression.

**Expression** — MATLAB expression used to create an array

Phased Array System Toolbox™ array System object

MATLAB expression used to create an array, specified as a valid Phased Array System Toolbox array System object.

**Example: **`phased.URA('Size',[5,3])`

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Specify sensor array as** to
`MATLAB expression`

.

**Element Parameters**

**Element type** — Array element types

`Isotropic Antenna`

(default) | `Cosine Antenna`

| `Custom Antenna`

| `Omni Microphone`

| `Custom Microphone`

Antenna or microphone type, specified as one of the following:

`Isotropic Antenna`

`Cosine Antenna`

`Custom Antenna`

`Omni Microphone`

`Custom Microphone`

**Operating frequency range (Hz)** — Operating frequency range of the antenna or microphone element

`[0,1e20]`

(default) | real-valued 1-by-2 row vector

Specify the operating frequency range of the antenna or microphone element as a 1-by-2
row vector in the form `[LowerBound,UpperBound]`

. The element has no
response outside this frequency range. Frequency units are in Hz.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Element type** to
`Isotropic Antenna`

, `Cosine Antenna`

, or
`Omni Microphone`

.

**Operating frequency vector (Hz)** — Operating frequency range of custom antenna or microphone elements

`[0,1e20]`

(default) | real-valued row vector

Specify the frequencies at which to set antenna and microphone frequency responses as
a 1-by-*L* row vector of increasing real values. The antenna or
microphone element has no response outside the frequency range specified by the minimum
and maximum elements of this vector. Frequency units are in Hz.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Element type** to ```
Custom
Antenna
```

or `Custom Microphone`

. Use
**Frequency responses (dB)** to set the responses at these
frequencies.

**Baffle the back of the element** — Set back response of an `Isotropic Antenna`

element or an `Omni Microphone`

element to
zero

off (default) | on

Select this check box to baffle the back response of the element. When back baffled, the responses at all azimuth angles beyond ±90° from broadside are set to zero. The broadside direction is defined as 0° azimuth angle and 0° elevation angle.

#### Dependencies

To enable this check box, set
**Element type** to
`Isotropic Antenna`

or
`Omni Microphone`

.

**Exponent of cosine pattern** — Exponents of azimuth and elevation cosine patterns

`[1.5 1.5]`

(default) | nonnegative scalar | real-valued 1-by-2 matrix of nonnegative values

Specify the exponents of the cosine pattern as a nonnegative scalar or
a real-valued 1-by-2 matrix of nonnegative values. When
**Exponent of cosine pattern** is a
1-by-2 vector, the first element is the exponent in the azimuth
direction and the second element is the exponent in the
elevation direction. When you set this parameter to a scalar,
both the azimuth direction and elevation direction cosine
patterns are raised to the same power.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Element
type** to ```
Cosine
Antenna
```

.

**Frequency responses (dB)** — Antenna and microphone frequency response

`[0,0]`

(default) | real-valued row vector

Frequency response of a custom antenna or custom
microphone for the frequencies defined by the
**Operating frequency vector
(Hz)** parameter. The dimensions of
**Frequency responses (dB)** must
match the dimensions of the vector specified by
the **Operating frequency vector
(Hz)** parameter.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set
**Element type** to
`Custom Antenna`

or
```
Custom
Microphone
```

.

**Input Pattern Coordinate System** — Coordinate system of custom antenna pattern

`az-el`

(default) | `phi-theta`

Coordinate system of custom antenna pattern, specified
`az-el`

or `phi-theta`

. When you
specify `az-el`

, use the **Azimuth angles
(deg)** and **Elevations angles (deg)** parameters to
specify the coordinates of the pattern points. When you specify
`phi-theta`

, use the **Phi angles (deg)**
and **Theta angles (deg)** parameters to specify the coordinates of the
pattern points.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Element type** to
`Custom Antenna`

.

**Azimuth angles (deg)** — Azimuth angles of antenna radiation pattern

`[-180:180]`

(default) | real-valued row vector

Specify the azimuth angles at which to calculate the antenna radiation pattern
as a 1-by-*P* row vector. *P* must be
greater than 2. Azimuth angles must lie between –180° and 180°,
inclusive, and be in strictly increasing order.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set the **Element type**
parameter to `Custom Antenna`

and the
**Input Pattern Coordinate System**
parameter to `az-el`

.

**Elevation angles (deg)** — Elevation angles of antenna radiation pattern

`[-90:90]`

(default) | real-valued row vector

Specify the elevation angles at which to compute the radiation pattern as a
1-by-*Q* vector. *Q* must be
greater than 2. Angle units are in degrees. Elevation angles must lie
between –90° and 90°, inclusive, and be in strictly increasing
order.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set the **Element type**
parameter to `Custom Antenna`

and the
**Input Pattern Coordinate System**
parameter to `az-el`

.

**Phi Angles (deg)** — Phi angle coordinates of custom antenna radiation pattern

`0:360`

| real-valued 1-by-*P* row vector

Phi angles of points at which to specify the antenna radiation pattern, specify as a
real-valued 1-by-*P* row vector. *P* must be greater
than 2. Angle units are in degrees. Phi angles must lie between 0° and 360° and be in
strictly increasing order.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set the **Element type** parameter to
`Custom Antenna`

and the **Input Pattern Coordinate
System** parameter to `phi-theta`

.

**Theta Angles (deg)** — Theta angle coordinates of custom antenna radiation pattern

`0:180`

| real-valued 1-by-*Q* row vector

Theta angles of points at which to specify the antenna radiation pattern, specify as a
real-valued 1-by-*Q* row vector. *Q* must be greater
than 2. Angle units are in degrees. Theta angles must lie between 0° and 360° and be in
strictly increasing order.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set the **Element type** parameter to
`Custom Antenna`

and the **Input Pattern Coordinate
System** parameter to `phi-theta`

.

**Magnitude pattern (dB)** — Magnitude of combined antenna radiation pattern

`zeros(181,361)`

(default) | real-valued *Q*-by-*P* matrix | real-valued *Q*-by-*P*-by-*L*
array

Magnitude of the combined antenna radiation pattern, specified as a
*Q*-by-*P* matrix or a
*Q*-by-*P*-by-*L* array.

When the

**Input Pattern Coordinate System**parameter is set to`az-el`

,*Q*equals the length of the vector specified by the**Elevation angles (deg)**parameter and*P*equals the length of the vector specified by the**Azimuth angles (deg)**parameter.When the

**Input Pattern Coordinate System**parameter is set to`phi-theta`

,*Q*equals the length of the vector specified by the**Theta Angles (deg)**parameter and*P*equals the length of the vector specified by the**Phi Angles (deg)**parameter.

The quantity *L* equals the length of the
**Operating frequency vector (Hz)**.

If this parameter is a

*Q*-by-*P*matrix, the same pattern is applied to*all*frequencies specified in the**Operating frequency vector (Hz)**parameter.If the value is a

*Q*-by-*P*-by-*L*array, each*Q*-by-*P*page of the array specifies a pattern for the*corresponding*frequency specified in the**Operating frequency vector (Hz)**parameter.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Element type** to
`Custom Antenna`

.

**Phase pattern (deg)** — Custom antenna radiation phase pattern

`zeros(181,361)`

(default) | real-valued *Q*-by-*P* matrix | real-valued *Q*-by-*P*-by-*L*
array

Phase of the combined antenna radiation pattern, specified as a
*Q*-by-*P* matrix or a
*Q*-by-*P*-by-*L* array.

When the

**Input Pattern Coordinate System**parameter is set to`az-el`

,*Q*equals the length of the vector specified by the**Elevation angles (deg)**parameter and*P*equals the length of the vector specified by the**Azimuth angles (deg)**parameter.When the

**Input Pattern Coordinate System**parameter is set to`phi-theta`

,*Q*equals the length of the vector specified by the**Theta Angles (deg)**parameter and*P*equals the length of the vector specified by the**Phi Angles (deg)**parameter.

The quantity *L* equals the length of the
**Operating frequency vector (Hz)**.

If this parameter is a

*Q*-by-*P*matrix, the same pattern is applied to*all*frequencies specified in the**Operating frequency vector (Hz)**parameter.If the value is a

*Q*-by-*P*-by-*L*array, each*Q*-by-*P*page of the array specifies a pattern for the*corresponding*frequency specified in the**Operating frequency vector (**

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Element type** to
`Custom Antenna`

.

**MatchArrayNormal** — Rotate antenna element to array normal

`on`

(default) | `off`

Select this check box to rotate the antenna element pattern to align with the array normal. When not selected, the element pattern is not rotated.

When the antenna is used in an antenna array and the **Input Pattern Coordinate System** parameter is `az-el`

, selecting this check box rotates the pattern so that the *x*-axis of the element coordinate system points along the array normal. Not selecting uses the element pattern without the rotation.

When the antenna is used in an antenna array and **Input Pattern Coordinate System** is set to `phi-theta`

, selecting this check box rotates the pattern so that the *z*-axis of the element coordinate system points along the array normal.

Use the parameter in conjunction with the **Array normal** parameter of the `URA`

and `UCA`

arrays.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Element type** to `Custom Antenna`

.

**Polar pattern frequencies (Hz)** — Polar pattern microphone response frequencies

1e3 (default) | real scalar | real-valued 1-by-*L* row vector

Polar pattern microphone response frequencies, specified as a real scalar, or a
real-valued, 1-by-*L* vector. The response frequencies lie within the
frequency range specified by the **Operating frequency vector (Hz)**
vector.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Element type** set to
`Custom Microphone`

.

**Polar pattern angles (deg)** — Polar pattern response angles

`[-180:180]`

(default) | real-valued -by-*P* row vector

Specify the polar pattern response angles, as a 1-by-*P* vector. The
angles are measured from the central pickup axis of the microphone and must be between
–180° and 180°, inclusive.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Element type** to
`Custom Microphone`

.

**Polar pattern (dB)** — Custom microphone polar response

`zeros(1,361)`

(default) | real-valued *L*-by-*P* matrix

Specify the magnitude of the custom microphone element polar patterns as an
*L*-by-*P* matrix. *L* is the
number of frequencies specified in **Polar pattern frequencies (Hz)**.
*P* is the number of angles specified in **Polar pattern
angles (deg)**. Each row of the matrix represents the magnitude of the
polar pattern measured at the corresponding frequency specified in **Polar
pattern frequencies (Hz)** and all angles specified in **Polar
pattern angles (deg)**. The pattern is measured in the azimuth plane. In
the azimuth plane, the elevation angle is 0° and the central pickup axis is 0°
degrees azimuth and 0° degrees elevation. The polar pattern is symmetric around the
central axis. You can construct the microphone response pattern in 3-D space from the
polar pattern.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Element type** to
`Custom Microphone`

.

**Array Parameters**

**Geometry** — Array geometry

`ULA`

(default) | `URA`

| `UCA`

| `Conformal Array`

Array geometry, specified as one of

`ULA`

— Uniform linear array`URA`

— Uniform rectangular array`UCA`

— Uniform circular array`Conformal Array`

— arbitrary element positions

**Number of elements** — Number of array elements

`2`

for ULA arrays and `5`

for UCA
arrays (default) | integer greater than or equal to 2

The number of array elements for ULA or UCA arrays, specified as an integer greater than or equal to 2.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Geometry** to
`ULA`

or `UCA`

.

**Element spacing (m)** — Spacing between array elements

`0.5`

for ULA arrays and `[0.5,0.5]`

for URA arrays (default) | positive scalar for ULA or URA arrays | 2-element vector of positive values for URA arrays

Spacing between adjacent array elements:

ULA — specify the spacing between two adjacent elements in the array as a positive scalar.

URA — specify the spacing as a positive scalar or a 1-by-2 vector of positive values. If

**Element spacing (m)**is a scalar, the row and column spacings are equal. If**Element spacing (m)**is a vector, the vector has the form`[SpacingBetweenArrayRows,SpacingBetweenArrayColumns]`

.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Geometry** to
`ULA`

or `URA`

.

**Array axis** — Linear axis direction of ULA

`y`

(default) | `x`

| `z`

Linear axis direction of ULA, specified as `y`

,
`x`

, or `z`

. All ULA array
elements are uniformly spaced along this axis in the local array coordinate
system.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set

**Geometry**to`ULA`

.This parameter is also enabled when the block only supports ULA arrays.

**Array size** — Dimensions of URA array

`[2,2]`

(default) | positive integer | 1-by-2 vector of positive integers

Dimensions of a URA array, specified as a positive integer or 1-by-2 vector of positive integers.

If

**Array size**is a 1-by-2 vector, the vector has the form`[NumberOfArrayRows,NumberOfArrayColumns]`

.If

**Array size**is an integer, the array has the same number of elements in each row and column.

For a URA, array elements are indexed from top to bottom along the
leftmost array column, and continued to the next columns from left to right. In this
figure, the **Array size** value of `[3,2]`

creates an
array having three rows and two columns.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Geometry** to
`URA`

.

**Element lattice** — Lattice of URA element positions

`Rectangular`

(default) | `Triangular`

Lattice of URA element positions, specified as `Rectangular`

or `Triangular`

.

`Rectangular`

— Aligns all the elements in row and column directions.`Triangular`

— Shifts the even-row elements of a rectangular lattice toward the positive row-axis direction. The displacement is one-half the element spacing along the row dimension.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Geometry** to
`URA`

.

**Array normal** — Array normal direction

`x`

for URA arrays or
`z`

for UCA
arrays (default) | `y`

Array normal direction, specified as
`x`

,
`y`

, or
`z`

.

Elements of planar arrays lie in a plane orthogonal to the selected array normal direction. Element boresight directions point along the array normal direction.

Array Normal Parameter Value | Element Positions and Boresight Directions |
---|---|

`x` | Array elements lie in the
yz-plane. All element boresight
vectors point along the
x-axis. |

`y` | Array elements lie in the
zx-plane. All element boresight
vectors point along the
y-axis. |

`z` | Array elements lie in the
xy-plane. All element boresight
vectors point along the
z-axis. |

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set
**Geometry** to
`URA`

or
`UCA`

.

**Radius of UCA (m)** — UCA array radius

0.5 (default) | positive scalar

Radius of UCA array, specified as a positive scalar.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set **Geometry** to
`UCA`

.

**Element positions (m)** — Positions of conformal array elements

`[0;0;0]`

(default) | 3-by-*N*matrix of real values

Positions of the elements in a conformal array, specified as a
3-by-*N* matrix of real values, where *N* is the
number of elements in the conformal array. Each column of this matrix represents the
position `[x;y;z]`

of an array element in the array local coordinate
system. The origin of the local coordinate system is *(0,0,0)*. Units
are in meters.

#### Dependencies

To enable this parameter set **Geometry** to ```
Conformal
Array
```

.

**Data Types: **`double`

**Element normals (deg)** — Direction of conformal array element normal vectors

`[0;0]`

| 2-by-1 column vector | 2-by-*N* matrix

Direction of element normal vectors in a conformal array, specified as a 2-by-1 column
vector or a 2-by-*N* matrix. *N* indicates the number
of elements in the array. If the parameter value is a matrix, each column specifies the
normal direction of the corresponding element in the form
`[azimuth;elevation]`

with respect to the local coordinate system.
The local coordinate system aligns the positive *x*-axis with the
direction normal to the conformal array. If the parameter value is a 2-by-1 column
vector, the same pointing direction is used for all array elements.

You can use the **Element positions (m)** and **Element
normals (deg)** parameters to represent any arrangement in which pairs of
elements differ by certain transformations. The transformations can combine translation,
azimuth rotation, and elevation rotation. However, you cannot use transformations that
require rotation about the normal direction.

To enable this parameter, set **Geometry** to ```
Conformal
Array
```

.

**Data Types: **`double`

**Taper** — Array element tapers

1 (default) | complex scalar | complex-valued row vector

Specify element tapering as a complex-valued scalar or a
complex-valued 1-by-*N* row vector. In this
vector, *N* represents the number of elements
in the array.

Also known as *element weights*, tapers multiply
the array element responses. Tapers modify both amplitude and
phase of the response to reduce side lobes or steer the main
response axis.

If **Taper** is a scalar, the same weight is applied
to each element. If **Taper** is a vector, a
weight from the vector is applied to the corresponding sensor
element. The number of weights must match the number of elements
of the array.

**Data Types: **`double`

## More About

### Generalized Sidelobe Cancellation

The *generalized sidelobe canceller* (GSC)
is an efficient implementation of a *linear constraint minimum
variance* (LCMV) beamformer. LCMV beamforming minimizes
the output power of an array while preserving the power in one or
more specified directions. This type of beamformer is called a *constrained
beamformer*. You can compute exact weights for the constrained
beamformer but the computation is costly when the number of elements
is large. The computation requires the inversion of a large spatial
covariance matrix. The GSC formulation converts the adaptive constrained
optimization LCMV problem into an adaptive unconstrained problem,
which simplifies the implementation.

In the GSC algorithm, incoming sensor data is split into two signal paths as shown in the block diagram. The upper path is a conventional beamformer. The lower path is an adaptive unconstrained beamformer whose purpose is to minimize the GSC output power. The GSC algorithm consists of these steps:

Presteer the element sensor data by time-shifting the incoming signals. Presteering time-aligns all sensor element signals. The time shifts depend on the arrival angle of the signal.

Pass the presteered signals through the upper path into a conventional beamformer with fixed weights,

**w**._{conv}Also pass the presteered signals through the lower path into the blocking matrix,

**B**. The blocking matrix is orthogonal to the signal and removes the signal from the lower path.Filter the lower path signals through a bank of FIR filters. The

`FilterLength`

property sets the length of the filters. The filter coefficients are the adaptive filter weights,**w**._{ad}Compute the difference between the upper and lower signal paths. This difference is the beamformed GSC output.

Feed the beamformed output back into the filter. Adapt the filter weights using a least mean-square (LMS) algorithm. The adaptive LMS step size is the quantity set by the

`LMSStepSizeFactor`

property, divided by the total signal power.

## Version History

**Introduced in R2016b**

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