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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Narrowband radar imaging for precessional targets with specular scattering
Author(s): Yuling Liu; Xizhang Wei; Bo Peng
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Paper Abstract

Narrowband radar imaging algorithms based on the micro-Doppler (m-D) characteristics of precessional targets will lose efficacy since specular scattering makes the spectrogram discontinuous and unrecognizable. Specular scattering occurs under the condition that the incident angle of wave is perpendicular to the target surface. To image the precessional target under specular scattering, we propose a narrowband imaging algorithm via complex-valued empirical-mode decomposition-time frequency distribution-general Radon transform (CEMD-TFD-GRT) after analyzing the m-D characteristics of specular scattering centers. The CEMD first decomposes the echo into several components according to their spectrums varying from high to low so that the Doppler spectrums suppressed by the specular scattering can be recognized. Then, TFD-GRT is used to extract the parameters of m-D curves from which the positions of scattering centers can be reconstructed. In addition, the computation complexity of CEMD-TFD-GRT is analyzed and the Cramer–Rao low bounds for the coordinates estimation are derived. The experiment results with anechoic chamber data demonstrate that the scattering centers of precessional targets can be imaged with the proposed algorithm even when specular scattering occurs. The noise influence on the proposed algorithm is also presented with the experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2016
PDF: 18 pages
J. Appl. Rem. Sens. 10(4) 045008 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.10.045008
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 10, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Yuling Liu, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Xizhang Wei, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)
Bo Peng, National Univ. of Defense Technology (China)

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